4-27-12: There’s You…and Then There’s You on Facebook

April 27, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 comment

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says Timeline will be “the story of your life” and that it will let you “express who you really are.”

There’s always been a distance between who we really are and how we present ourselves to others. What does it mean that we’re now doing it so meticulously online? Our monthly social media analysts Nathan Jurgenson and P.J. Rey are here to tell us. Nathan and P.J. are Ph.D. candidates in sociology at the University of Maryland, and they blog at Cyborgology.

Web extra: P.J. and Nathan point out that the sheer amount of data we post on Facebook can be more concealing than revealing–“Nobody,” Nathan says, “wants to see your status update from 2007”:

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. awedjob  |  May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I’m not so certain that “Nobody wants to see your status update from 2007” is true. While there is comfort in obscurity it can’t be relied upon. It is not just a circle of friends who will be accessing that information.

    There are companies who would love to know exactly what your friend did in 2007, aggregate it with the rest of the profile they are building and use that information to make money.


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