Facebook did a horrible job of explaining the advantages, disadvantages and over all ramifications of their moves. This lead tech pundits to question their motives and their competence to keep our data and identities safe.
In my Family Tech column
Facebook's announcement of the changes
What People are Saying about the Changes
Jeff Jarvis is a Journalism Professor with CUNY
Jason Calcanis : Facebook is overplaying their hand
This isn't the first time Facebook has faced criticism over privacy.
New York Times
New York Times: Facebook Privacy : A bewildering set of options
How Facebook Users are Reacting
Over half of users say they may quit Facebook
Is Facebook worthy of trust?
Profile of Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO.
How Facebook was founded (if you read one link in this section, read this one)
How you can protect yourself
This site will help you understand what information you are sharing and how to control it.
Alternative Social Networking Sites
Social network empires are a fragile thing as the once preeminent Myspace learned. When young people started moving off Myspace to Facebook, Myspace popularity disappeared and Facebook arose. Many feel if there was an upstart now, they would benefit from Facebook's bad publicity.
A list of alternatives.
Unfortunately none of the alternatives will really take over for Facebook until their is a consensus of users wanting to switch.
Google has their Orkut site, but other than Brazil, it has not gained popularity.
Some users could opt to meet together on Google's Buzz or Wave. Wave used to be invite only but earlier this week was opened to all.
Recently a group of NYU students asked for $10,000 funding pledged to them through the site Kickstart.com to fund Diaspora, a Facebook alternative they said they create if they got the funding. As of Saturday 5-22-2010 at 12:30 PM, they have amassed $180,914.
Whether they build it, or if they do, Diaspora still needs to prove to be viable and popular. If nothing else, this shows people's frustration for Facebook.
How to suspend or delete your account
from Wiki How
Facebook recently said they'd would be making their privacy controls easier to understand. Will this satisfy users? Do they regain trust?
Or is this the two steps forward, one step back tactic they have used in the past?
The users will decide.