Mark Zuckerberg wasn’t even a year old when a graduate student foresaw the emergence of online personal profiles:
The ubiquity and power of the computer blur the distinction between public and private information. Our revolution will not be in gathering data — don’t look for TV cameras in your bedroom — but in analyzing information that is already willingly shared.
Without any conspiratorial snooping or Big Brother antics, we may find our actions, our lifestyles, and even our beliefs under increasing public scrutiny as we move into the information age.
Soon celebrities and politicians will not be the only ones who have public images but no private lives — it will be all of us. We must take control of the information about ourselves. We should own our personal profiles, not be bought and sold by them.
Lawrence Hunter, 1985
Quotes found in Matt Novak’s article on Smithsonian Magazine. Worth reading.