for Friends only

March 26, 2008 at 1:28 pm | Posted in Matthew Hurst | 1 Comment
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We all have mixed-emotions about Facebook, which has become as ubiquitous as Myspace in its heyday.  The social network, which began only 4 years ago on a single campus and began to extend to other colleges, today commands 69 million users and countless privacy headaches.  So just like with Myspace many people are openly expressing their aggrevation of an expanding and increasingly open network, enough that Facebook recently modified their privacy options.

Besides all of the invites you’ve been sent to add another data-mining application game, there are further privacy concerns off Facebook.  On a recent episode of Talk of the Nation – Science Friday, the concerns over public data and private access to it, including a lengthy discussion of the Facebook example.  If you or any of your friends have been considering removing content or photos that could be found objectionable by employers, you should probably give this show a listen.

There seems to be a deep generational divide about what is private or public when it is put on the internet.  We’ll leave that discussion to take place in the comments, or on Facebook.

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1 Comment

  1. Nice post. Thanks for turning me on to the Facebook blog item about application spam. I can hardly stand to check my Facebook page because I don’t know what new application someone’s going to be begging me to take. Oi!


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