Just spotted a interesting change on Facebook which suggests FB is moving towards making everything into pages.. and making private profile information into publically visible fan pages.
On the ShinyShiny profile, a dialogue box popped up prompting me to link my interests, activities, school and employer details to pages. It asked if I wanted to opt out. The pages it was suggesting linking to weren’t pages that already existed – but ones that Facebook just automatically created specifically based on what I’d said in my profile. So for example there is no Fan page for “Kittens and Chatroulette” my expressed interest, but Facebook just created one based on my profile and now instead of just having an interest, I like the fan page of that interest. See screengrab below….
We suspect this change is something to do with The Graph and Facebook trying to organise peole around hubs or nodes of information. It would be interesting to see how many of Facebooks 500 million users like kittens. But they are going to have to be a bit semantically smarter to recognise that my two interests could be split up and reorganised as 1) Kittens and 2) Chatroulette.
It must also be something to do with Facebook’s expressed mission to bring more information out from behind privacy controls into the public domain. Now you wouldn’t have to even look at my individual profile to see that I liked Kittens and Chatroulette, you could just search on the Kittens and Chatroulette fan page and see if my name came up.
It hasn’t happened on my personal account so it could be a change that is rolling out slowly or could just affect a few accounts (perhaps ones with defaults set to public).
Anyone else had this happen to them? Any thoughts on what the consequences might be?