Why social networks should be more like Facebook Poke

Facebook Poke is a teen sexting app. But at least it gives users knowledge and control over posts.

By , Computerworld |  Unified Communications, Facebook, Social Networking

Bosses, HR departments, detectives, divorce lawyers, creditors, trolls and malicious people of every description can find out everything you've ever posted about everything -- and everything others have posted about you -- and use it against you in unpredictable ways.

As we increasingly post every detail of our lives online, it's time to step back and ask if forever is a good default for storing messages and making them available to the public.

Sure, we can store things forever. But just because we can doesn't mean we should.

We all need to re-think our approach to social messaging, and decide whether every word, picture and video we ever post should be available to everyone until the end of time.

People involved in creating and running social networks, such as the Zuckerbergs, need to stop blaming users and start providing us with knowledge about -- and control over -- the messages they send.

It's not about decency. It's about settings. And we need better ones.

Mike Elgan writes about technology and tech culture. Contact and learn more about Mike at http://Google.me/+MikeElgan. You can also see more articles by Mike Elgan on Computerworld.com.

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