We think about social networking habits a lot here at Abine, because we’re trying to make online privacy easier.
Sounds strange, right?
It can seem, sometimes, that because we all use social networks more, we value our privacy less. The reality however, is more complicated than that (any respectable investors still reading please contact us immediately!).
We love to share information with our social groups because we benefit from it. Nothing new. Humans have always enjoyed sharing information: “We’re social animals” said a famous philosopher.
Why then, as societies have evolved and become more developed and affluent, have they come to value privacy highly? We all want our private rooms when we’re kids, we want private bathrooms in college, our own apartments when we start working, our own offices, our own private suites at hotels when we travel, and if we really make it, private jets.
We like social networks. We like privacy. Is this a paradox?
Is it paradoxical to want to share some things and not others? No. Before social networks, we were usually in control of exactly WHAT we SHARED WHEN. As social networks amplified and extended this power, we gave up control in exchange for broader reach: I choose whether to accept a friend or businesss contact at one time. Later, I share something and I forgot that person will see what I shared.
Most importantly, we all forgot, over time, what we shared and with whom, and why.
At Abine, we see forgetting as a good thing. We think the Web shouldn’t be able to remember everything about you and what you’ve ever done. We HATE that our choices seem to be to binary today: give up our right to forget or not use the Web the ways we want to.
By being more aware of what of ourselves and our personal data is where, and being able to protect it easily, we’re working to make a reasonable amount of online privacy easy to get.
Join the Abine community, and get easier privacy with DoNotTrackMe.