Facebook just made a major announcement that will forever modify the privacy settings for consumers of its product. The company says that very soon, users will be able to track those who’ve been to their group pages and may eventually do the same thing for personal profiles.
This move would be huge, since it would significantly adjust user habits. If the change is made, Facebook users (probably you) can’t just go to someone’s profile page to spy on them without them knowing what you’re up to. Want to see those old pictures of your ex to see how they’re looking these days? You won’t be able to do that either without them knowing about it.
“Tracking group pages will not change the habits of users but if the switch was made to profiles then it certainly could happen,” says Martin Cocker, director of internet safety group NetSafe. “There is no obvious negative safety concern and I believe people will view it as a good thing given it will improve the transparency of the site. But Facebook will keep a check on the progress and make an informed decision.”
This move represents the end of stalking without leaving a digital fingerprint. Facebook users load a full 250 million pictures per day. Another 526 million users are going through each other’s profiles, photos and posts. Knowing who is checking out your page, watching your videos or downloading your images might not only change what you do yourself, it can also adjust who you allow to remain on your friends list.
Additionally, you should already know that Facebook is saving every single thing you do, even if you erase what you’ve done later on down the road. You can not only download every single conversation, picture and post, but the company keeps records of who you’ve been speaking with, what pages you’ve visited, what games you play, and whose profiles you’ve viewed. So, remember that everything is going to be in an archive somewhere, even before this change took place.
This should be an interesting modification.