Monday, May 24, 2010

Information and consequences


I don’t want to sound like I don’t care about privacy (heck, I wrote “Privacy Nation”), but I am struck about the recent spate of articles regarding Facebook and MySpace. As a business model they have created amazing SOCIAL NETWORKING sites to allow people to SOCIAL NETWORK and PURPOSEFULLY share personal and business information to connect and advance a new way of interacting. One rub is that some technical “glitches” have caused personal chats to be exposed to the world. No doubt a problem. Another rub is that business policy (with privacy policy in the background) behind the social networking sites advance a default which is to “expose” information not “hide” it. So, in the end, I guess the sites are working (but not without hiccups). There are ways to lock your information down. Maybe they could be better. There are privacy policies that seem to reflect an “opt out” mentality for information sharing rather than allow all users to make all decisions about what each viewer can see or not and thus “opt in” with respect to sharing information. It is good when technology advances the economy. It is also good when new ways of communicating promotes better communication for business and personal reasons. All new technologies applied to business problems are information and consequences - but these(but for pure technology and security failure)seem intended. Buyers Beware. Are You kidding me.