L.A. Weblog (2)

David Schwartz sends another link lineup from The Coast. (Editorial remarks by D.E.)

1 – Cast Your Vote for The Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics

PoliticsOnline and the World eDemocracy Forum are proud to announce the list for nominations of the Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics.

An international panorama of talent and activities. And a striking reminder that using digital media as political tools to effect social change is not confined to the US and Obama. Nominees from around the world – Italy, France, Australia, Malta, the Middle East, Iran, Brazil, the list goes on.

2 – Social Networks Keep Privacy in the Closet

Economics may explain why it’s so hard to find and configure privacy settings on many social networks.

From MIT’s Technology Review, a survey of 45 social-networking sites from all over the world about an online problem that will never go away. We need lots more empirical research of this kind, the next big step beyond revealing what’s in the fine print in AUPs and EULAs.

Update: Our friend Andrew Hercules weighs in with an interesting comment here (Comment link above), saying Facebook gets a bad rap compared to the rest of the social net biz. It’s the market leader. Doesn’t that go with the territory? While the big story today is the Privacy Commissioner’s findings on the FB case, the leader of the pack gets an even more interesting beating from a not-for-profit social media blog, in a post entitled “Outsmarting the Facebook Lobster Trap: Three Worries, One Guideline, Seven Principles.

3 – What Your Favorite Social Network Says About You

Anderson Analytics Survey Reveals Consumers’ Likely Interests, Buying Habits, Media Consumption

This big survey suggests to me research on social networks is maturing. More care being is exercised about how to count the social networking population and how to segment users. One detail that caught my eye: tracking the transition of users from student to employee. The 18-24 demo is often treated by marketers as the student population.

4 – A categorical imperative to twitter

Gideon Rachman, a disdainful FT columnist, rethinks his disdain.

I feel his ambivalence. And love his sassy take on how some of the greatest minds of all time can have their work reduced to a (micro) elevator pitch. Kant and the soul of wit.

5 – The Next Twitter?

Ubiquitous social networking.

Freelance writer/journalist Winston Ross has a wry take on the demise of Twitter, again, and some obsessional observations on obsessing about social networking. Cool guy, not writing to promote another interactive agency (not that there’s anything wrong with them). And gets to work along the beautiful Oregon coast.

6 – The Internet devalues everything it touches

Tom Forenski: Silicon Valley is at the heart of the development of what could be called Internet-based disruptive business technologies (IBDTs). The chief characteristic of an IBDT is that it is at least 10 times more effective at one-tenth the cost.

A really fine essay on disruptive technologies, in this case the Internet. Leads to a surprising set of conclusions about a Web 2.0 world colliding with a society not set up for sharing.

One thought on “L.A. Weblog (2)

  1. Some quick, and random, thoughts on article #2, “Social Networks Keep Privacy in the Closet”.

    It’s no surprise that the economic imperatives of online marketing and advertising are what drive social networking websites (SNWs) to bury their privacy settings – SNWs do make more money from your data when you share share share! And depending on the site, you could spend hours trying to find out how to hide/delete your information – yes, I’m speaking from experience!

    But one thing that has always struck me as weird is how much information SNWs ask for during the sign-up phase. Name and e-mail are one thing, but gender, age, birthday, address, phone number, interests, etc. are another!

    Ironically, much of this same information can then be deleted from your profile once you’ve registered and it has been logged on their servers – of course, you have to wonder if it’s been deleted from the SNWs’ servers.

    And speaking of deleting deleted user information, Canada’s Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, released a report criticizing Facebook’s privacy policies and insistence on keeping user information after the user has deleted his/her profile.

    Check out the story @ http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/667167

    And my final thought – isn’t it interesting how Facebook is often the target of privacy complaints and reports. What about Myspace, Friendster, Bebo, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.?!

    Frankly, none of them is much better when it comes to privacy, yet Facebook always is the one most often mentioned/discussed in the media!?

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