Good old creepy Facebook

Sure, I was only cursing them out 5 months ago, but having undergone Facebook Re-education I now love big brother.

Actually, I’m kind of torn by the Facebook Connect stuff that’s popping up all over the web (including just to your right over there). On one hand, hooray for sharing stuff with everyone. On the other hand, It’s really weird seeing my face pop up when I visit random websites.

And I’m just not so sure about the fact that ol’ Zuck the sociopath seems to have hoovered up control of a gigantic slice of social interaction on the Internet. I’d love to see people diversifying a bit – maybe getting on Twitter for the chatty type stuff, Flickr for photos, I dunno. But it’s so convenient to have it all in one place. Most of all, it’s so convenient to only need to maintain one set of connections with people.

It’s the most powerful asset that Facebook has – your friend list. Just try exporting it. The Facebook police will be round at your house with rubber hose and phonebooks in no time.

God Damned Creepy Facebook

I only just noticed this tonight, no doubt this has been happening for a while. If you have the Facebook iPhone app installed, it has an option to “Sync” your contacts. Perhaps I didn’t read carefully enough when I first enabled it, but I had the impression it would search for contact matches on Facebook and download their birthday and current profile pic to your phone. What I didn’t realise was that it also uploads your entire phonebook to Facebook who kindly hang on to it for you, “just in case”.

You know, to help match you with friends and slowly assimilate everyone you’ve ever contacted into the ever growing collective that is Facebook.

Here, check this out (click for full-size):

This is just the start of my Facebook phonebook – consisting of some 400ish entries, perhaps 250 of which are not actually Facebook friends. See those entries with no picture and the invite link? Yep, they’re unmatched phonebook entries, straight from my mobile.

Am I being unreasonably bothered by this? It seems really, really creepy to me.