The problem with a service that offers a comprehensive "story of my life" is that it gives me two options:
- I have to manage that story carefully and make all sorts of constant little decisions about what I'm telling people.
- I let Facebook manage most of that stuff for me, algorithmically.
Of course, I'm not mad about anything, and I don't think I'll particularly miss "the old Facebook." But this stuff is going to come up again and again for the rest of our lives, and it's worth thinking about our choices in this new networked world.
Practically, I think I'm going to deactivate my account. There's no great reason to delete it permanently; I might rather be able to get back into the system to adjust settings the next time the site makes a huge perverse data-sharing move.