Last week’s announcement that four NYU students were developing a Facebook alternative suggests that they want its global dominance to shift: in the name of freedom. The students have more than raised their needed-for-development goal of $10,000 in 27 fewer days than scheduled.
But before the project, Diaspora*, is launched, we’ve found some articles that can be used in the meantime:
1) A timely article entitled “Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative” which discusses the viral, yet ambiguous, nature of its privacy laws, or lack thereof.
2) ReclaimPrivacy’s tool that allows users to scan their profiles for privacy intrusion.
3) Consumer Report’s Facebook rule of thumb: “7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook”
4) SaveFace: A tool that allows users to reset most user settings back to “Friends Only.”
We aren’t against Facebook; we just want our privacy back.