Required activity: Facebook stalking

Last week, Facebook began rolling out a new feature – Friendship Pages

The premise? A snapshot of the ‘friendship’ between two people: photos they are in together, wall posts, events they have both attended, mutual friends, and common ‘likes’.  Sounds like a cute idea, right? Sure – if only you and your friend could view the page.  Like most of Facebook’s new features, Friendship Pages cross a crucial line – every person on Facebook who has access to both profiles can see this in-depth view of the ‘friendship’.

What if this short-lived vacation friendship had its own page? Awkward. (photo courtesy of Shutterblog on Flickr)

This reminds me of having your memory box (admit it – you have a box filled with old movie ticket stubs, notes and photos, too!) stolen and splashed all over the Internet.  The only thing Facebook has mercifully left out is private inbox messages.

Facebook stalking has been brought to a whole new level – now it’s nearly impossible NOT to stalk.  The roll-out of this new feature has effectively killed the wall-to-wall option.  This means that not only are mutual photos and events right in your face when you innocently take a peek at your friends’ convos, but the easiest thing to do when responding to a wall post is now to ‘comment’ on it.  As a result, all conversations are likely to take place on one person’s wall, making them easier to follow, even if you’re not friends with both individuals.

It’s unclear what the implications will be for this new feature, but so far it gives me the creeps. It’s a great idea, but Facebook would do well to limit access to the two ‘friends’.  This is especially important since the “pages” are created for each of our Facebook friends – even those people we probably shouldn’t have added to the site in the first place.  No one needs an in-depth look at your most recent vacation buddy.  We all Facebook-creep, but there’s no need for the site to facilitate our vice!

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