Museum of Me? Really?

June 6, 2011

Have you been to the Museum of Me? Created your own “museum” from your Facebook images and videos and the avatars of your friends?

Intel® The Museum of Me

As a designer and developer I have to say it’s a lovely implementation of a visual display of information. At the same time it’s funny how we are so jaded now. A few years ago this would have been a technical marvel, rating oohs and ahhs from every designer who saw it. Now? The reaction is largely “hmm, nice, but it should do….”

My first reaction was pretty much that, and then, when you reach the end, it’s an ad for Intel. Smart? Well maybe, but from some of the posts I’ve seen recently there’s a lot of people out there who are upset about what they see as an invasion of privacy since you can’t even log in to see it unless you give up access to the application, which then harvests your information to create the display.

To be fair here, Intel clearly states they only use this information for purposes of the display. Sure enough, if you go back and log in again it will verify with Facebook yet again. It will also go get your latest images, so you have an opportunity to have some fun with this.

As far as the privacy issue goes, pretty much every application on Twitter requires this kind of authorization. Intel’s Terms of Use states clearly that they do not store your information and that if you allow them to post to your wall you have control after that. They also clearly state that they are not responsible for the veracity or appropriateness of the content (hey, you put that picture of Aunt Mabel and the beer bong up).

But a lot of people have been upset by this. Kelly Hodgkins Say it’s why you shouldn’t use Facebook. Sarah Jacobsson Purewal called it narcissistic and creepy. Christina Gagnier found it inspiring. Ben Popper found it disturbing and thought it might leave a negative brand impression. Ben Rooney called it “intel’s great gift to narcissists”.

For me the only potential issue is the geo-location feature, which in my case pinpoints me the last time I checked in with Google places up in the hills of Los Gatos. If it had been my house though, I might have been unhappy.

In addition, my use of Facebook is pretty limited so it isn’t nearly as rich a show as it could be.I’m OK with that.

Here’s what mine looks like (this way you don’t have to make your own but you can see what all the fuss is about.)

So, what do you think? Is it cool? Is it a carnal invasion of your privacy? Is it wrong for Intel to use your information and leverage your friends network for an intricate ad? Or does the narcissist in you just love this! Tell us.

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  • as far as i am concerned this is another form of invading ones privacy.From a very tricky and entertaining angle

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