30 November 2007

Tapping at the window

A good analysis of the privacy issue with regard to social networking sites, in particular Facebook, by Nicholas Carr.
“What we've learned from the commercialization of the Web is that people are more than happy to exchange their privacy for free stuff and greater convenience as long as you allow them to maintain the fiction that their activities are not being monitored and recorded....
“Privacy is lost not in one great flood but rather through steady erosion. Eventually, the Peeping Tom taps on your window and waves, and you don't recoil in horror and embarrassment. You wave back.”
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    "Faced with its second mass protest by members in its short life span, Facebook, the enormously popular social networking Web site, is reining in some aspects of a controversial new advertising program."

  2. Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, apologises on the Facebook blog - 6 December 2007, 2am