As Colleen Taylor says, “another week, another Facebook privacy firestorm.” Facebook has been using facial recognition tech to suggest photo tags in the U.S. since December without outcry, but rolling it out in Europe has alarmed the usual suspects. No doubt, Google is chuckling. The reaction is mixed, and Tim O’Reilly is even quite positive. Still, Facebook seems naive – or arrogant- on privacy issues in general, and it should know by now how sensitive European regulators are. Data collection of any type raises the specter of regulation, and there’s a lot of data around social media.
Rounding up the post mortems on Twitter’s announcements. Colleen Taylor says Twitter’s photo sharing service will bring new life to Photobucket, the company that’s powering it. The product demo shows some nice search and hashtag integration for discovery, but no evidence of advertising opportunities for Twitter. And it’s aimed less at collections and more at real-time photos – there were 2 million photo links in tweets on May 30 – and thus, at Twitpic and Yfrog, rather than Facebook or Instagram. Matthew Ingram thinks Twitter’s search improvements still have a ways to go. You still can’t search an archive older than a week, and it’s not very clear how Twitter’s personalization and relevancy ranking works. Meanwhile Darrell Etherington scoffs at some who think Apple would build a Twitter competitor. I don’t see how Apple would monetize such a thing any better than Twitter does, and if it wanted to increase habitual usage of its hardware, it should just integrate Twitter more deeply into the iPhone. Which it may be doing.