• No one really cares about privacy on the Web.
• No one really cares about Beacon – only 25,000 people have signed onto MoveOn’s petition
Eric’s right about all of the above. And he’s 100% wrong, because he’s not talking about the real problem with Beacon: It tells your Facebook friends what you’re doing on other web sites, and what you’re buying there.
That’s just plain creepy, even by the always-on, nothing-to-hide standards of today’s Web users. And the more that people hear about it — remember that MoveOn launched its campaign shortly before Thanksgiving, when the only news most people are interested in are traffic reports and flight delays — the more trouble Facebook is going to have. It doesn’t matter how many actual Facebook users have a problem with Beacon. It just matters that certain people (advertisers, politicians, news assignment editors, etc) think that there’s a problem. And they do, and they will.