On Tuesday, Facebook finally announced that in a few weeks all users will automatically be switched to the new Timeline layout and given seven days to curate the past fews years of their online lives.
Last year we introduced timeline, a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you’ll have 7 days to preview what’s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it. via Facebook’s blog statement.
For better or worse, the new layout will change the way we share information about ourselves and others. Although I am a strong proponent for participatory culture this Facebook sponsored video doesn’t exactly get me excited to share my whole life story. After all I wouldn’t want Facebook to own my baby pictures, they’re precious!
On Thursday, Twitter made a historic announcement. They officially reserve the right to “reactively withhold” tweets on a country-to-country basis. Do I smell CENSORSHIP!?
“The open exchange of information can have a positive global impact … almost every country in the world agrees that freedom of expression is a human right. Many countries also agree that freedom of expression carries with it responsibilities and has limits.” via Twitter’s Blog statement.
I am shocked and saddened by Twitter’s contradictory statement and their decision to constrain the Twittersphere. As an American company Twitter should stand their ground, support democratic ideals, the freedom of expression, and digital democracy.