The way I see it, the only probable way to control who has access to your information is to probably host your own little home on the web. Privacy issues never bothered me much since I bone up on the changes to the TOS of the social networking sites that I use. If I don’t like the terms I don’t sign up, and I pay attention to revisions to said terms in case they introduce a clause that I don’t like. That isn’t a fool proof method because as you’ve all probably noticed by now Facebook’s management just loves to twist the wording of said TOS. Like this nasty psychological experiment they ran a while back. Mind you there was no mention of them possibly doing this in said TOS or the revisions up til that point. I’m sure there is by now but I’ve honestly stopped caring.
There is a new service called ello that seems to be a step in the right direction but it’s currently in beta so for those of you who like that sort of thing it might be useful to check it out. As for me this is the platform that I prefer. Though I occasionally check in with my friends on Facebook and Google + since I’m mostly confined to my home, so I find it quite useful for keeping up with distant friends. Of the two I’d say I prefer Google + but to be honest I haven’t got the energy to keep up with either one. Most of my communication goes through KIK or What’s app. The people I don’t talk to there I check in once or twice a week to keep in touch.
I’m not surprised with the controversy because since the time I joined back in 2006 it’s been a cycle of never-ending bullshit on the Facebook front. A cycle that somehow seems to end every time with the users going “EH! Screw you Mark!” and then getting used to it. And they took advantage of that tendency by taking more liberties every time they made changes until we arrived here.