A prominent Foundation has turned down its share of a $20 million Facebook privacy settlement on the grounds that it doesn’t work on privacy issues. The refusal is symbolic of much deeper problems with the privacy pay-out model.
This morning Google (NSDQ: GOOG) unfurled a pretty new search feature that lets users receive personalized results based on their own friend…
Facebook is widely reported to be on the verge of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission that will force it to tighten up its privac…
Former Twitter CEO Evan Williams breaks the important aspects of identity down into five distinct pieces, including authentication and personalization. But the reality is that what we mean by “identity” can change from moment to moment, and that may be the most difficult problem of all.
A couple of social media personalities have recently decided to scale back on their use of the newer, micro- and real-time services like Google Buzz and Twitter. Partly, they say, due to a lack of control: specifically, the de-emphasis or outright loss of their personal archive. Others observe that social-stream clutter may be causing a decrease in two-way conversations. Indeed, Twitter seems more ephemeral than blogs or even Facebook status updates. And I miss the bloggers who used to offer a bit more than 140 characters in their link commentary, especially when they replace it with less frequent, essay-length posts. What do you think? Is micro-blogging ruining the medium?
This weekend may be remembered for questioning of the value of social networks, as Leo Laporte explained why he’s leaving Google Buzz behind. Are you not getting value out of social networks or are you trying to use them as tools for something they’re not?
Google says it’s willing to accept its shortcomings on social and bring in a “Head of Social” to set the right course. The company has hired an executive recruiter to fill the position, and is currently in the process of casting its net widely.
What’s next for Google Buzz and Google Docs? Google’s VP of product management for Apps (aka everything but search and ads) Bradley Horowitz gave a bit of a roadmap last night, saying the motto he’s given his team is “We build apps for people, not markets.”
Sprint said this week that it will become the fourth major carrier to support the Nexus One; a Google Buzz widget was released for all Android-based handsets; and Google, Intel and Sony said they’ve entered into a partnership to create Google TV.
Google, to its credit, is rolling with the punches thrown in response to its Buzz launch. Members of the product team spoke on an inside-the-scenes panel at SXSW today, facing industry-wide criticism as well as cutting attacks over privacy issues from keynoter & researcher Danah Boyd.