I’m not sure if you are aware, but the Top Friends application (login needed) was booted off Facebook last week. Rumours allege that the application allowed improper use of member data, whereby random members could peruse the profiles of other members. If this is true, then it constitutes a serious breach of the privacy of members profile data.
So, as of this evening the Top Friends application (produced by mega application builder Slide) is back on Facebook, but as a Facebook member are you at all concerned about adding applications? Looking across some of my Facebook contacts, it appears that you implicitly trust a plethora of application developers. People whose ethical fortitude is completely untested. This is not to say that everyone out there is trying to steal your identity. However, I lose count of the number of quizes, games and just plain strange applications that a lot of my friends have added.
For each add of an application, members are effectively personally introducing the developer into their home and circle of friends. Showing them the seat of their identity. Here’s where I live. I get my email from X. Do you want my phone number? Trusting application developers is implicit in adding a Facebook application, I’ll warrant. But you have to wonder, what percentage of applications are actually harvesting your data? Those with grey ethics live in computerland too, unfortunately.
Oh, and I’m leaving out the stripper name application on purpose for the brevity of identity harvesting. You all know where that train is headed. Be dumb enough to add that info and you’re on your own.