A series of articles in the NY Times and elsewhere are being written about the increasing disgust of people for Facebook’s privacy policies. Apparently, a bewildering tangle of options are needed in order to set one’s privacy configuration in your own profile. What is more, a group of 4 nerds in NYC have launched a cry to arms against Facebook, promising to develop a social network called Diaspora* that will not need users to surrender their privacy to be sold to third parties.
Whether this is going to be the beginning of a long battle for the holy grail of social network dominance or simply just another trifling spark against the giant it remains to be seen. What it is clear is that a social clamor is mounting up for their most basic instincts in search of privacy protection. The proof is that Diaspora* has been raising funds for this new venture in Kickstarter and 18 days to go for closing of this round they have already been promised 1273% of the money they asked initially.
Perhaps there are now clear signs that cyberusers are getting tired of being imposed rules by the big monopoly or simply they just would like to see new blood providing more self-control options. It is clear though that the battle for personal privacy in the web continues and that the Tide of War might be turning against Facebook. What it is not so clear though is how all this will affect the end user.