Posted by: Arian Eigen Heald
da, privacy on the web, Stupid Technology
An excellent article written by Woody Leonhard over on windowssecrets.com, analyzes the “Classic Version” and new beta version of Microsoft’s (“Johnny-come-lately” social networking product) Windows Live. He demonstrates in very detailed fashion that it is impossible to turn off “third party tattling.”
Using Woody’s example, if I have a conversation with Mr. B on Messenger, he involuntarily becomes my “friend.” (When did “friending” become a verb?) If I then have a conversation with Mr. C, Mr B is notified that Mr. C and I are now “friends.”
The article walks us through how many ways Woody tried to disable this feature, including contacting Microsoft, to turn this “it’s not a bug it’s a feature” function OFF. He’s far from a technical dummy, and he had absolutely no success.
Everybody in my “Friends” list now will know the next person I talk to on Messenger. Anyone I use Messenger with. In effect, Messenger notifies everyone else I’ve sent a message to when I communicate with a new person.
Why should I want everyone I’ve ever communicated with via Messenger to know when I communicate via Messenger to someone new? I can’t imagine.