First social networking sites would encourage you to share more, wanting you to help make the world more open. Then they would start censoring contents, thus limiting visibility of posts that are supposed to be available and open for everyone to see.
With Twitter censoring tweets and Google favoring its own products with “Search Plus your World” and Facebook changing the interface without giving its users the option to opt out or retain the current settings, the quality of user experience are actually deteriorating instead of their supposed goals of improving.
The social networking giants convince us into giving them data – which they could eventually capitalize and monetize on – and since the use of their product is free, its users don’t have the last word when they eventually start on altering the search results and algorithms to fit their profit game plan and favor their advertisers.
Well I guess it’s true that when offered with something free, you are the one being sold.
It looks like users are now being caught up between the social network wars and their aggressive efforts to monetize.
With these changes, plus the pressure brought by SOPA, it feels that the world is becoming more restricted and closed instead of the original purpose of these social networks – making the world more