Earlier this week, I was sharing with friends and colleagues some of the ways Facebook is publishing our interests into the egosphere. The new “OpenGraph” is providing publishers and content producers a way to share what we’re consuming directly on our Facebook profile. The first question most people ask – “What if I don’t want people to know what I’m looking at?”

To that end, Facebook appears to be turning the tables on the adage “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask permission.” According to this report, they are nearing an agreement to only share this information if you tell them too. At the moment, it’s automagical.

The most obvious display of this tracked behavior is the way Spotify, the popular new music streaming service and the Washington Post Social Reader displays my interests across my Facebook stream for anyone to see.

Spotify is sharing what I listen to “David Cate listened to The Black Keys.” When I read the Washington Post’s Reader, my Facebook stream and the new Timeline displays, “David Cate read “5 Google Paid Search Products You Need to Know.”

Personally, I’m ok with this. In fact, I enjoy the insight into what my friends and peers are discovering as the roam the information range in pursuit of their interests. The most important benefit, at least concerning reading – tracking my habits will improve the delivery of content. With everything out there, I kind of like having an assistant (albiet virtual) serving up content I might like to read, much like Amazon’s recommendation services.

However, what happens when you click on something that might raise an eyeball?

When it comes to the music…if I clicked on Brittany Spears, not only would I be ashamed, but you might want to dock my pay. Otherwise, if I click on a kooky article like (I made this one up) “How to build a moonshine still?” – no doubt, my network will wonder what I’m doing in the woods on the weekend.

I believe social sharing helps to bring some context to the overwhelming amount of information we’re privy too and for the moment, this feature doesn’t bother me. I’m also aware of what’s going on and choose to be careful when I click on a link or listen to music, but that’s today.

What happens when all of sudden something happens and all of our interests are the Net are published either by a responsible organization, or for that matter, a smart hacker who publishes what every person on a social network explores?

Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not a conspiracy theorist. In fact, I’m often accused as the pollyanna standout in my zip code, but privacy is a big issue as we reach out and connect on the web.

This move my Facebook is a compromise in the right direction.