One could argue that the early results would perhaps be pretty predictable. Maybe, though it only took my coworkers ten minutes to come up with the very intriguing concept of auto-unfriending anyone you haven’t communicated with in a set amount of time. And that, alone, is a pretty interesting feature. I, for one, would not be opposed to Facebook implementing something like that. That has real privacy value. And imagine what they could think up after a few months! Imagine what a bunch of anti-social users would suggest as features.
I can’t shake the feeling that eventually some real, useful privacy functionality would come out of the exercise. Auto-un-liking of brands based on consumer sentiment. Auto-unsubscribe of emails based on lack of response. The constant re-setting of all privacy settings to their most strict unless they are continually undone. The possibilities are endless!
Would any of this be implemented in the larger world? I don’t know. I can’t help but think that a few of them would prove so compellingly useful someone would HAVE to implement them. And if the larger “social” networks resisted, perhaps new upstarts would gain a competitive edge through them. Because, after all, Facebook knows it can be potentially toppled.
In which I argue for the funding of an anti-social network which iterates and develops new technologies around privacy.