I’m an oversharer. While I share the things I love, chances are with 23K tweets under my belt, there have likely been about 22K too many. They don’t offer a count, but I think it is safe to say that the same is true for Facebook. But here’s the thing: everything I’ve shared, I’ve done so by my own choosing. I’ve done so because I think my tweets have value to someone. Possibly you. Today that changes; today Facebook is about to turn us all into oversharers, and many will become one without even understanding what it is that they are doing.
With the push of one button, Spotify started sharing LITERALLY every song I listen to. While this doesn’t mean much by itself, it’s a sign of things to come, a sign of where Facebook is trying to take us. It will take time, but it seems like their goal is to capture everything we read, watch, visit, listen to or do. And they want to do it all on their newly designed version of the profile that they are calling the Timeline.
Things like the Like Button and the Tweet Button changed the way we share. They made it easy to spread great content and provided a hub for the things you love. Now, as MG Siegler put it, “It’s not about needing a share button. It’s about not needing a share button.” In other words, the web is no longer trying to curate what we think is worth curating, it’s trying to capture everything.
There is a good chance that these changes (if embraced) will lead to a more honest web. It will tell a more complete story and will bring your digital presence one step closer to your actual one… but at what cost and what benefit? Part of the joy of sharing is intent. And intent is damn important. No matter what you think of my stream, or anyone’s for that matter, it’s a collection of conscious decisions.
Consumption does not equal credibility. Just because I listen to a song, doesn’t mean I think you should. Just because I read something doesn’t mean that I think it will have value to you (hell, half the time I wish I hadn’t spent the time). And because I might be sharing everything, it will likely be harder to tell when I really want you to see something. Time will probably prove me wrong, but from afar, it seems as if rather than being a place to spotlight, Facebook plans to become a place to collect.
Some may be excited about the ease, but I don’t get it. Taking the time to push a share button, “inconvenient” as it may be, means something. And let’s be honest, I already share enough on the web… How about you? Freaked out by the latest changes or freaking excited about the future of the web?
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