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On crossposting and privacy - Ed's journal
On crossposting and privacy
There's been a mighty furore about 'post to facebook and twitter' buttons showing up on posts and comments on LJ.
I see a lot of rage about it, and I can't help but feel that a lot of that is misdirected.
What I can (and will) do now, is post this entry to FB and twitter as a link. I shall do so, because I can't have this discussion in the same way over there.

The thing that's getting people upset it seems, is that you can do the same with comments that you'd post in a discussion - be it locked or not.
This is a massive privacy concern.

But ... it isn't really. It's not the _technology_ that's at fault, it's your perception of just how private your online posting is. Right now, I can go find a locked entry, post a link to it, quote the original post, and - if I happen to know their real name - can spill that too. Oh yes. I know who you are!.

Or I can link your LJ identity to _my_ posts on Facebook, and make clear to the world that I have posted a comment saying .... in a discussion about Y, in a journal belonging to Z.
But that's NO DIFFERENT if I use a little checkybox to do it, or copy and paste the link. It requires me to do so. If you do not trust me NOT to do these things, then the fault isn't with LJ, it's with the fact you have me on your trusted filters.

YOU have already violated your own privacy, by posting something to someone you don't trust. And that's all. The technology has very little to do with it.

Anyway, for the record - I can, and will continue to post my entries to FB/Twitter. I think that having a 'here is a discussion' link is a good thing, as ... lets face it, who wants to have all three open and running?

Feel free to crosspost your comments as you see fit, but please bear in mind that a locked entry is usually so because it contains information I'd rather not make public for some reason. Your words are your own, but I'll take exception to your exposing my personal information more widely than I've already chosen to do so.

That includes the subject line and context of a post.
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forest_rose From: forest_rose Date: September 9th, 2010 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
The problem that I have with it isn't that I don't trust my friends list - I do - but that it's all too easy to check the little ticky box by mistake when you're going for 'post comment'. I haven't linked my lj to Facebook or Twitter, and I've installed the little Greasemonkey script that gets rid of the boxes anyway, but if one of my friends does have the option to crosspost and isn't looking too closely when they go for 'Post Comment' - I could just see my locked posts ending up, entirely by accident, on Facebook. It's precisely the sort of thing I would do by mistake, after all!
oftendistracted From: oftendistracted Date: September 9th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's functionally impossible to activate the boxes by accident now. They've removed them entirely from the tab order - you actively have to pick up the mouse, somehow manage to miss the 'Post Comment' button and click them, and then not notice that you've clicked them long enough to hit 'Post Comment' a second time.
angryangeltoo From: angryangeltoo Date: September 9th, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)


I think you are missing the point of trust here fella.
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