Impressions on the Social Age

Facebook Sells Your Profile

Posted in Social Networking Discovery by Trace on June 7, 2010

Recently, a friend of mine graduated from college interviewed with a large DC tank. This girl is Facebook savvy and keeps out both “The Man” and “Strangers” using the strictest privacy settings possible. As she says, “If I’m not friends with you, then all you know is I exist.”

For an aspiring job hunter in the nation’s capitol, she’s made the right online privacy decisions, right? Wrong.

My friend made three major mistakes. She friended her professional references on Facebook. She assumed her privacy settings actually protected her. And she didn’t anticipate her Facebook security guards were looking for a little extra cash.

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In the beginning…

Posted in Social Networking Discovery by Trace on May 10, 2010

Well, here it is. My fifth blog. First was Geocities, then LiveJournal, then Blogger, then Tumblr and now WordPress. This of course doesn’t include Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and all the other social networks and social media I’ve joined.

Before I get too into this blog and learn so much I forget where I came from. I wanted to comment on GoogleZon. What? You haven’t heard of it? GoogleZon is the friendly shiny happy name of the end of news, government, privacy and individuality. It’s pretty amazing. GoogleZon is a creation of Robert Sloan and Matt Thompson with music by Aaron McLeren. It’s a bit dated, and they updated it when the predictions didn’t come to fruition in 2004, but it is still a fascinating insight into privacy and the future of Google.

Some of their predictions have already occurred, like the uploading of content and keeping some private while other is public. Facebook has spread from it’s own domain to add “Like” buttons to hundreds of other sites, and when Google screwed up Buzz we suddenly we were mutually attached to our professors, mistresses and bosses.

Regardless, watch EPIC. The Evolving Personalized Information Construct. This video is one of the reasons I joined graduate study.

http://robinsloan.com/epic/

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