Are you by chance one of those people that just started using Facebook? If so you may want to brace yourself for a big change in the social networking world. I know you are probably thinking “But I just figured out how to use Facebook and finally started finding some friends”. The truth is that it may be to your advantage to change. Have you ever thought about where all that personal information is going that you give to Facebook, and furthermore who owns that information? The answer is Facebook! That’s right, Facebook actually owns any information posted on their site, and could potentially do whatever they wanted to do with it. Of course they tell us that they would never abuse our information, but just the fact that one company has that much access and control over our personal information is frightening.
This brings us to the change that is about to occur. A new startup by the name of Diaspora claims to be creating a social networking platform in which the users retain the rights to their own information. In fact they will even let you host your information on your own server. They claim that their social network will allow users to control the parameters of how much access to their personal information will be given to the public domain. This may not be something that you currently have a great amount of concern for, but 10 or 15 years down the road you may wish you had been more aware of who is in control of your information.
In order to utilize this new social networking technology you are going to need access to a high speed internet connection, however. I bet you would be surprised of the number of people that still only have access to dial up internet. Several people in the area where I live are in this situation, and they are considering WildBlue satellite internet service simply because they are beginning to realize how much they are missing out on by not having high speed broadband access. So, if you are in this situation get some satellite internet and start taking control over your data.