Unless something truly radical happens to the Internet, people need to either forget the idea that anything they do on the web is private or pay for the privilege of having some. This means writers like Gawker’s Ryan Tate should consider giving the “evil Facebook” tirades a rest. Tate’s latest post responds to CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s newly announced privacy settings, which the blogger claims make securing personal information harder. The new public default settings bear some scrutiny for sure, but sites run on ad revenue don’t make money by creating traffic walls, and privacy settings are the largest barrier to this.
If users really want privacy — and I’m not sure most do — I wouldn’t be surprised if companies started charging for that privilege. For years, phone service providers have successfully charged their customers for private numbers. I don’t see why Internet companies would do any different.