Thursday, August 19, 2010

Facebook Places will make it harder to lie to your friends. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

A timely reality check for people who are thinking about going Places

OK, I'm not recommending that you turn it off just yet. But this is how things go with Facebook. Places represents another in a series of big changes to how you interact with your friends, family, co-workers, and strangers on the site. It's sure to affect your relationships in amazing and awful ways, most likely both. Given the scope of this initiative, it's not paranoid to think about turning it off. I've got one particular fear about Places: With this system, Facebook becomes the honesty police, a social truth serum that will prevent you from casually lying to your friends, family, and co-workers about where you were, what you were doing, and whom you were with last night. This may sound like a good thing. It's not.

Facebook Places will make it harder to lie to your friends. - By Farhad Manjoo - Slate Magazine

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