What is the value of information? What about the value of personal information? For advertisers, there is nothing more valuable … and they are willing to pay great sums for it. The more they know about you, the easier it is to persuade you to buy whatever they are selling. On the one hand, the more others know about me, the better they can tailor their offerings to my particular wants and desires … which is great for me as a consumer. On the other hand, I don’t want people snooping, prying, or baiting me for my personal information. How do we keep a healthy balance in this age of information and immediate gratification? I don’t pretend to have the answers … But I have a good idea about what the future might hold for us.
Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’
May 20th, 2011 No comments
California Senator Ellen Corbett has tabled a bill that would force online services and social networking sites to make the default user settings private (except for the user’s name and city of residence). Users will be forced to choose their privacy settings when they register. This stands in sharp contrast to the current operating model for these sites—much evangelized by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg—which makes nearly all personal information public by default. If you want to limit access to your information, you need to find the correct settings and secure yourself. As you’ might suspect, the major social networking sites have banded together to challenge the bill. So now, what do Google, Facebook, Skype, and Twitter have to do with Prussian Law? I’m glad you asked.
August 18th, 2010 No comments