Thursday, 13 October 2011

Facebook reverse psychology on privacy

I have recently taken a few weeks off work to travel back to my home country to catch up with friends and family, and soak up some of the Rugby World Cup hype.

When it came time to look for contact details for various friends who I hadn't seen for a while, I ended up resorting to Facebook messaging.

A while ago Facebook opened some loophole which allowed me to see contact phone numbers for anyone who I was a Facebook friend with.  I quickly thought of that as a not-so-good idea and opted out, but recently I have been thinking this may have been a cunning ploy by Facebook to ensure that Facebook messaging becomes the primary means of communication for situations such as mine.

One of these days I will probably leave Facebook, as it is becoming too ubiquitous so must inevitably be avoided.

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