Reluctantly, I tend to agree with her assertion that we have passed a tipping point driven, in part, by failure to appreciate or consider the consequences of sharing so much personal information. I can’t see that anyone will attempt to re-stuff and close Pandora’s Box.
The article reminds me of an interview with John Perry Barlow (which I blogged here) in which he observed that in reality the privacy we value is a relatively recent phenomenon: before the age of the Industrial Revolution city, our small-town and rural lives enjoyed little privacy / anonymity (Barlow placed the date more recently: the Second World War).
I don’t think that world-wide cultural differences will slow the adoption of social media but perhaps users in, say Switzerland, will remain more circumspect about what information they share. That wouldn’t be a bad thing and perhaps might encourage earlier adopters in the US and UK to consider more carefully what they share, and with whom.