Facebook has yet again found another way to expand its empire. According to Social Times, Miramax is launching a movie rental app for Facebook users. You can now rent up to 20 movies on Facebook for around $3 a piece. An official announcement was made this morning, the company saying that “our goal with the Miramax App is to offer consumers a great user experience where they can watch movie clips and feature length films, play games and share the experience with their friends within the Facebook community.”
While we’ve talked about integrating technology and education before, where should the line be drawn? According to All Facebook, it should be at teachers being too open on social networking sites. In fact, a new study has revealed that teachers in the U.K. are terrified of Facebook.
The article goes into great detail explaining how teachers try to live normal lives on Facebook, even going so far as to befriend their students despite posting inappropriate things. The article specifically cites photos as the main downfall of teachers, claiming that they are too open with their personal lives despite the fact that we “ expect them to behave in a certain way.”
The article continues, hitting the nail on the head with the following statement: “Social media has allowed many of us to be far more open about the ways that we each choose to live our lives. It’s entirely opt-in — that is, you don’t have to get involved — and the privacy controls are in place on networks such as Facebook to let you decide how much of yourself you want to make public. And how much you don’t.”
Facebook remains wildly popular and extremely useful for many of us to keep in touch with famliy members and friends. But its voracious appetite for our personal information feels invasive and icky, no matter how benign the company’s use of that data may turn out to be.
“Invasive” and “icky” are strong words, but are part of a vocabulary that must be used in these kinds of circumstances.