Social networks, those loose, busy and self-absorbing communities of Facebookers and Twitterers, have always invited analogies from the insect world. If we are to accept the most common of them, then in the past week, Malcolm Gladwell, provocateur-in-chief at the New Yorker magazine, has poked a sharp stick into the online ants’ nest. The twitterers have responded to his provocation by swarming on to blogs and websites to protect their uniting belief: that the future belongs to them.
Gladwell is a spirited contrarian. His argument in the New Yorker was an attack on the prevalent idea that online [
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Remember three years ago, when Microsoft paid a quarter-billion dollars for 1.6% of Facebook and the exclusive right to run banner ads across Facebook.com? Tell the truth, how many of you thought that was a killer business decision? I can’t say I did at the time. But as that deal is about to expire in 2011, Facebook’s status as a revenue juggernaut is rarely questioned any more.
In fact, I have been mulling over data from both companies, and I’m ready to declare in public my belief that Facebook will be bigger in five years than Google is right [
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The German Data Protection Authority in Hamburg has launched legal action against Facebook, following complaints from people “who had not signed up to Facebook, but whose details had been added to the site by friends.” Facebook is accused of storing the private data of non-members without their permission, to be used for marketing purposes.
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Your digital life can be split into two parts: content and data. You know plenty about the content: that oh-so-hilarious tweet you punched out after closing time, or those delicious pictures of the new baby posted on Flickr especially for your aunt in Australia. You create this stuff, and much of the privacy argument has been over whether strangers or ex-girlfriends or even your parents should be allowed to see it without your express permission. Yet all that is a handful of dust compared to the cascades of data about yourself that you shed daily.
What sort of information? [
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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, caught offering the personal data of Facebook users to a friend and calling people that trusted him with their info “dumb f**ks.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his company are suddenly facing a big new round of scrutiny and criticism about their cavalier attitude toward user privacy.
Well, These New Zuckerberg IMs Won’t Help Facebook’s Privacy Problems.
An early instant messenger exchange Mark had with a college friend won’t help put [
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Facebook has downplayed the significance of a company-wide meeting to discuss privacy issues.
The blogosphere described the meeting as a panic measure following weeks of criticism over the way it handles members’ data.
Several US senators have made public calls for Facebook to rethink [
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Now this makes interesting viewing! here are the graphics in case the NYT takes the page behind a paywall
The Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking – NYTimes.com.
As my Facebook friends and Twitter followers know, like many others I’m angry at Facebook. I haven’t written a blog post about it because so many others have been making most of my points so eloquently (forgive me for not linking to them). But I relent, and here it is anyway, in the form of responses to the criticisms of criticism that I keep hearing:
Online Fandom » Why, despite myself, I am not leaving Facebook. Yet..
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Wondering exactly why people are so pissed about Facebook’s latest display of contempt for user privacy? The Electronic Frontier Frontier Foundation’s Kurt Opsahl has a good, short article explaining just what’s going on with the new “Connections” anti-feature:
1. Facebook will not let you share any of this information without using Connections. You cannot opt-out of Connections. If you refuse to play ball, Facebook will remove all unlinked information from your profile.
2. Facebook will not respect your old privacy settings in this transition. For example, if you had previously sought to share your Interests with “Only [
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John Moe and the new public radio show Future Tense did a segment this week about people quitting Facebook over privacy concerns. They report that quitting doesn’t really resolve those concerns. First, deleting is different from deactivating, and the deletion process isn’t easy for everyone to figure out. Still, even if you do manage to truly delete your account once and for all, John reports: “You’ll never see that data again. But Facebook will. They still have that information and will continue to use it for data mining.” Will the data at least be anonymized, the reporter [
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A new application aims to put users back in control of their private data stored on the increasingly public social networking site, Facebook. With “The Green Safe” app, Facebook users can now export their profile data for off-site storage on Green Safe’s servers. Data can then be purged from Facebook itself, allowing only friends to view profile information by way of a profile page tab labeled “My Info.”
New App Helps Keep Facebook’s Hands Off Your Data.
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The internet is Ochlocratia and all attempts to institute Theocratia or Oligcratia are doomed to fail
In both of these “closed” examples, Facebook and the App Store, they key to longevity is a movement towards open. If either Facebook or Apple resist that, they’ll become AOL. Something will come along and shove them out of way. It has happened before. It will happen again. And it will keep happening. It’s inevitable.
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I wrote yesterday’s piece about Twitter very quickly, too quickly — because I came up with a shitty title that didn’t reflect how I was thinking about it.
We’re in the phase of the tech loop where what matters is how impressive your latest press event was. To illustrate the effect of a great press event, look at this post by Scoble where he basically says Game Over, point-set-match to Facebook, checkmate, everyone go home, the fat lady has sung, etc etc.
The problem is that Scoble (who I love as a dear friend) will write the same freaking [
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It’s exam time folks and we have some advice for all you teen social-media addicts out there.
GIVE IT UP AND MATRICULATE LIKE IT MATTERS
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I am missing something so the revolution doesn’t work for me. The very fact that it doesn’t actually work is far outweighed by its ubiquity – that worked for Microsoft so it will work for Facebook, for a while.
Last week Facebook unveiled a variety of new developer tools, and new consumer applications are set to be launched in the near future. What’s most interesting about these changes aren’t the debates about whether what Facebook is doing is good for the Internet or not, or how open or not open their solutions are.
Those debates are important but they don’t [
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By default, the “Allow” checkbox for Instant Personalization is checked on your privacy settings. If you don’t want the websites that you or your Facebook friends visit to know your information, you must opt out. Since this process is a bit complicated, we have made a quick video showing step by step how to do so.
Simply unchecking the “Allow” box is not sufficient. As Facebook explains, “if you opt out, your friends may still share public Facebook information about you to personalize their experience on these partner sites unless you block the application.” Nor can you go to [
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I won't argue.
Adds the site, "Funny Facebook statuses, Fails, LOLs and More."
Fair warning: Major potential time sink.
There goes the day….
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So the mad dad with check-in fever may suddenly have a point?
Facebook has been doing background checks, known as due diligence, on the location-based social network Loopt, a source with knowledge of the talks tells us. Generally speaking, due diligence of this kind is only performed when a company is in acquisition or fundraising talks.
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I quit my job at Oracle in 1999 because I couldn’t stop thinking about a simple question: “Why isn’t all enterprise software like Amazon.com?” Why couldn’t applications be run from a simple website, without software or hardware to install, and pricy consultants to hire? Why couldn’t we just compute in the Internet, or the cloud, and get away from the data center and all its complexity. Simply put, I wanted to simplify the enterprise. It was a pretty straight-forward idea, but from the confines in which I sat, there wasn’t anything close to a straight-forward solution.
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I have often said I don’t ‘get’ Facebook. I think if I have something to say or share I post it to a blog. If one links your blog to your Facebook or Twitter people get snitty about overposting or ask why one finds some things interesting and request read-throughs; but they still send endless Facebook.app quizzes or pics of their forearm and gurning face beside an inebriated friend’s face. I do not know why people give their work and possessions to Facebook with no understanding of the ownership, copyright or privacy issues that this may bring to them and [
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A big “so what?”
To a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail and to Google the whole world is a nail right now. Tidbits takes a calm look at Buzz not unlike someone who today related the spinstorm around Wave a few months ago. Is Buzz Twitter’s Zune? Gregory is Perplexed.
The idea behind Buzz is to create social networking within your existing Google universe, using Gmail as the hub. Google is rolling out Buzz gradually, and it hit my Gmail login a day after the launch.
TidBITS Networking: What’s the Google Buzz? Tell Me What’s A-Happening.
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