Pet Society Diaries Go Public

A few weeks ago, Pet Society introduced a diary feature that told us all sorts of information about our pets. Today, those diaries became public, open to anyone in your Pet Society network.

This latest development strikes me as being a real violation of privacy, moreso than anything that Facebook has ever done. For all the criticism that Facebook receives, the site does allow users to control how much or how little of their information to display. Among the many options, there are ways to keep photos private, prevent random people from adding you as friends, hide your activities on the site and keep your game playing to yourself. But the new Pet Society diary totally blows that cover by showing how many times you've logged into the game.

I e-mailed a high-level Playfish staff member earlier today and asked him what was behind the company's decision. I haven't heard a response yet. In the meantime, I visited the guy's pet to take a peek at his diary (pictured above). I was going to publish Nelson's diary, just so Playfish would get a taste of its own medicine, but I'm going to play nice. After all, this is Pet Society Anonymous. Unless people indicate they want their names blasted into the cloud, I keep everyone to first names only or assign pseudonyms.

So instead of showing Nelson's diary without the owner's permission, I'll show you Sushi's diary. When the diary was first released three weeks ago, I had crossed out all the embarrassing parts. But most of my network has seen my diary today, and hell, I feel naked. So here it is...Ta-da!!!
1418 log-ins! Is this pathetic or what? No matter how bubbly or smart I may try to appear on the Internet, the truth is out: I am a game addict and I have no social life except for visiting imaginary animals.

As for Sushi and Nelson... well, after reading each other's diaries, they felt a bit closer to each other and decided to take the next step in their relationship.

Yet more proof that my pet has a better social life than I do.
This article originally appeared on Pet Society Anonymous.
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