Posts with tag "privacy"

There is no such thing as The Age of Privacy


This is the height of marketing doubletalk.

Scott McNealy started it with his famous quip “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

Now we have Mark Zuckerberg trying to continue this marketing dribble in an interview with Michael Arrington.

[…] doing a privacy change for 350 million users is not the kind of thing that a lot of companies would do. But we viewed that as a really important thing, to always keep a beginner’s mind and what would we do if we were starting the company now and we decided that these would be the social norms now and we just went for it

A few more words than McNealy’s but the same idea. All predicated on the idea that individual privacy is something that can just be switched on and off.

Facebook to tech digerati: Take a F.O. pill

exit The hue and cry over the changes Facebook has made to the way it manhandles your privacy, or lack of it, continues on. Today’s eloquence comes from Mark Sigal at the O’Reilly Radar blog who asks if we should trust Facebook.

Let me save you 1,200 plus words. Stupid question – of course not. Period.

Facebook couldn’t give a shit. They would be just as happy if the social media gurus and tech digerati would find some other sandbox to amuse themselves in.

This is a company that is signing up 600,000 people per day – do you really think they give a rat’s ass what less than 1% of the users think?


They are only interested in the masses – the masses that will make them the Wal-Mart of social media.

These aren’t the digerati people. In fact they are the people that the digerati would run from in the opposite direction as fast as they could. These are the people who are happy as long as they have games to play and a place to stab people in the back from.

These are the people who couldn’t careless about privacy. They are the people that will make Facebook wealthy beyond recognition.

The rest of us – well we wouldn’t be missed.

Facebook and the useless hoopla about privacy

Sandbox2 Privacy on Facebook is going to become an oxymoron – it is only a matter of time.

No amount of whining for the FTC to come in and save us from our own laziness and/or stupidity is going to change that.

Your delusions of privacy run counter to their need to make money – lots of money.

Facebook isn’t about creating a community.

Facebook is about creating an ever increasing flow of consumer information for it to monetize by any means possible.

All Facebook is doing is letting us play in their great big sandbox behind barbed wire. Any rules that exist are only the ones that Facebook decides best suit its interests – not ours.

None of this is going to change which is why any whining over privacy while playing in their sandbox is moot.

Blippy – how stupid can social media be – well there’s now an app for that

shoot-me I was going through a new batch of posts that showed up in my feed reader when I can across a post by MG Siegler over at TechCrunch where he was giving us the low-down on what has to be the stupidest ideas yet to come out of Web 2.0 and Social Media.

The post was about a new service called Blippy and the idea when you strip it of all of the hyperbole is that you can share with all your friends what you have just bought with your credit card. For example right now when you make a purchase on iTunes the people who follow your Blippy stream will not only know how much you spent but will also see a detailed list of what you bought.