Today, May 31, is supposed to be Quit Facebook Day.
I wonder how many info pros will announce to the world they don’t have the information skills to manage privacy by leaving Facebook today. If they do have the skills they won’t for long as outsiders. It seems to me that it should be a reasonable user expectation of librarians and information professionals that they should be able to manage privacy settings and use the full range of web tools. I also would expect to be able to receive informed, current and excellent advice and training on how to deal with the emerging social tools from my professionals in the social institutions I frequent (public libraries, schools, universities, colleges, etc.).
Probably the worst way to protest is to exit the conversation and shout from the sidelines. Will they exit Twitter and Google too for collecting private information? I suspect that would make them unemployable. At least, ironically, they’ll be easily identified by professional recruiters and HR folks through the standard tools and the digital trail they leave as they exit and discuss their position.
In a couple of weeks my hometown and province will be hosting the G8 and G20. They’re building huge fences in Huntsville and, close ot my home, in Toronto to keep the protesters outside the perimeter. Inside or outside – who has more influence?