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Facebook: The privacy saga continues

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Even if you'd never heard of Facebook before this week (unlikely as that may seem to most of our readers), it's tough to avoid now. The privacy fiasco has even hit the cover of Time magazine.

And yet, I have to admit: Most of the news I hear about this, I hear via Facebook. That is to say, I haven't left yet. For all its wrongdoing, the fact remains that Facebook keeps me in touch with people I otherwise would lose track of. And I know I'm not alone in that.

So while we await Diaspora, or whatever open alternative rises to meet the need, I've used the open source tool at reclaimprivacy.org

to help me review the status of my own settings. And I sit back, hoping that everything will work out for the best. Because the one thing Facebook has done right is to bring in the numbers. Five hundred million people.

Fortunately for my social self, I think there's a lot of truth in this list of 10 reasons you'll never quit Facebook. And since they're all based on the things Facebook does right--ways it makes our online lives easier--I'm optimistic for a future version of social networks that satisfies those needs, our privacy preferences, and our open source dreams.

When that day comes, I look forward to downloding this heartfelt tune (don't miss the alt text):


http://xkcd.com/743/

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Ruth Suehle - Ruth Suehle is the community leadership manager for Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team. She's co-author of Raspberry Pi Hacks (O'Reilly, December 2013) and a senior editor at GeekMom, a site for those who find their joy in both geekery and