You asked for it And you Got it! Google and Facebook own Your Ass

As a former geek, here is the mathematical formula I came up with for a creepy phenomenon we are facing from 2010 onward:

Integral of [People + (Social + Digital) Media] from 2000 to 2009 = We Are Owned By Google + Facebook 2010+

Allow me to elaborate – Past ten years, we demanded digital, we got it…. we demanded social, we got it. It is payback time to the people who provided us with what we demanded.

Beginning January 1st, 2010, our ass belongs to Google and Facebook. Did we ask for that? too late. It is done already. This is what happens when social and digital media join forces and we get dragged into it. We are now so exposed, left butt naked in the cyber space at the mercy of Google, Facebook, and I think Twitter.

There is even a documentary about this – We Live In Public:
The documentary reveals the effect the web having on our society, as seen through the eyes of the greatest Internet pioneer you’ve never heard of. It shows how we willingly trade our privacy for the connection and recognition we all deeply desire, but with every technological advancement such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter, becomes more elusive.

If you are blaming the social & digital media for this, don’t bother. We, the people decide what we want, not social networks. If the default becomes “public”, then those who don’t want that will stop using Facebook or whatever network forces them to.

But my guess is that, the today’s generation won’t care as much. It’s kind of second nature to them to just post everything they are doing. It doesn’t look like they stop to think about what they are doing as being dangerous. Will the future be filled with these kind of people?

. Web become very social….
. Privacy become harder and harder….
. We over-shared on Facebook, Google, and Twitter
. Broadcasted our whereabouts every second of our daily life…
. Uploaded photos and videos of our most private moments to the Web for all to see…

So, what do we expect? WE KILLED OUR PRIVACY. Going forward, we will all live in public.

Also, let’s not forget there are about three categories of people want us to believe that “We All Live In Public Now” and that we should simply “Get used to it.”:

1. Governments.
2. People who have already lost or given away their privacy online by not thinking about what they’re doing and don’t want to accept the price of being public “alone”.
3. Social networks, because they make boatloads of money by selling out our privacy

Anyway, I don’t think that privacy completely disappears. But it becomes more a matter of emphasis and a conscious decision. Privacy will still live on, but will be so transformed as to become almost unrecognizable.

Even Google CEO, Eric Schmidt warned us when he said “If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place,” Did we listen? I think we are screwed from here on out.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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