Facebook is going public, but you don’t have to. That’s the message from Abine, a company that provides online privacy protection services for ordinary web users. Today Abine is promoting a bi-coastal flash mob that attracted privacy advocates to join a congo line through the rainy streets of Times Square in the name of making your Facebook profile private.
Protests in New York aimed at Facebook and Apple traditionally don’t seem to get many attendees—even though one journalism professor once told this reporter that “you can get 2,000 people to show up for anything” in this city. But Abine has hit on a salient point. The common Facebook user often has a scant idea of how easy it is to find public photos and information, and how it might come back to haunt him or her. Girls Around Me, anyone?