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The Canadian Access to Social Media Information Project has a clear look at the Privacy Policies of 20 of the top ‘social’ media sites.
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Facebook’s latest assault on the online world is the introduction of wait for it…
Just think, an @facebook.com email address.
If you think that Facebook is the Internet just bend over, turn around and press your cheeks to the screen. Advertisers are standing by!!
There is no privacy on the internet. You post it, it becomes fair game and part of someone’s database by the time you finish reading this sentence. Social Networks have never been about privacy. N E V E R.
Think about it for just a moment. You are reading this because you pay for an internet connection. Lord only knows how you ended up here. Somebody offers you a place to post information about yourself, photos, and text, for Free. Do you really believe that there is a web fairy footing the bill to allow you to share this information to only a small group of ‘friends’?
Facebook’s latest foray into privacy controls has created an entire cottage industry of explanations and step by step guides to actually afford you a virtual fig leaf. Good Luck with that. That may last until the next brain fart from Facebook Central.
Facebook is the poster child for OPM Other People’s Money and Other People’s Material A sort of New Math for the Advertising Targeting Complex.
First they say that you own your material, then they tell you that you have given them a ‘royalty free world wide license’ to use any of it in anyway they want.
They use Other People’s Money to support themselves until they get enough advertisers to sign up to pay the bills. In order to get advertisers to buy in, they need to use Other Peoples Material to chum the waters. At the end of the day you and your material are bait for advertisers, to try to sell you shit.
There is no Privacy in Social Networks.
The digerati, internet business ‘experts’ and venture capitalists have been muttering for some time about when Facebook was going to actually make some money and stop being a rathole for cash , getting ready to apply for some of that government bailout cash.
Well they have done it! Electronic Panhandling! You give Facebook a buck you get a hundred ‘credits’ to spend on your friends. I suppose this is a step above (a very small step) giving a buck to some rheumy eyed guy hanging outside the package store, knowing that you will be forgotten with the first swallow of that smooth white port, or the robust flavor of the 40 ouncer.
What a unique monetization strategy! You can gift your friends with credits, and they can spend it at the Company store! They take your money and they take your money! Move Over Bernie Madoff!
Facebook continues to amaze in its effort to be pure and make a buck by selling its members down the river. On the purity front we had the aureole-gate tits up lunacy, taking down pictures of breast feeding women. Stupid, but when you consider that the CEO is only 24 and a geek, he probably does not have enough sexual experience to understand sex, its consequences, or the bond that women have for their children.
Whopper-gate demonstrated that Facebook ‘friendship’ is no more valuable than ,”you were worth less than one-tenth of a Whopper.”, in the words of the Matt Walsh, the creator of the Whopper Sacrifice Campaign. Friend em, fuck em, and kick them to the curb. This campaign ran for 10 days before Facebook figured out that it was the credit default swap of the digerati and wannabes. Not the message you want to send if you are trying to be the Boys and Girls Club of the internet.
The blessing of whopper gate was the resound silence of virtual PR agencies, who in a moment of clarity figured out that Facebook is not the place to run campaigns, because 99% of the people on Facebook don’t give a shit about PR or advertising. They did realize that a vast number of people on facebook who are likely to respond, to a carefully crafted virtual media campaign will sell your ass down the river for 24 bucks and a few beads,(the original cost of Manhattan) or a tenth of a whopper. Probably not quite the demographic they were trying to convert.
The bad news is that this is providing ammunition for the Social Media Loons who are gonna use this to turn their time on Facebook into billables as ‘Brand Reputation Management’. BRM is just the annoying kid who runs screaming to mommy and daddy every time somebody says something negative. Positive remarks are billed separately. And PR still wonders why folks regard them with the same contempt usually reserved for used car salesmen and lawyers. Yes, it is getting crowded in the bottom of the barrel.
The latest attempt to monetize is Facebook Credits. This is where you can give virtual credits to your ‘friends’, who in turn may do the same for you. You get credits by buying them in Facebook’s virtual gifts store — $1 for 100 credits.
Holy Monetization PixelBoy!! Money will buy you love! I wonder if you can redeem your credits for whiskey and hookers from the virtual gifts store?
Having folks toss virtual pennies at you is electronic lap dancing. It may feel good now, but you will have to do the laundry later.
The kids at Facebook are still trying to dig themselves out of the intellectual property hole they dug themselves. The latest episode in this saga is: Facebook Town Hall: Proposed Statement of Rights & Responsibilities
This is their latest proposal. The cute thing here is calling it a Statement as though it is just folks talking. Make no mistake, this is a fucking Contract, and will bite you on the ass. This is a work in progress, but still falls short.
This is reality slapping them in the face, due to to Copyright Law in the US. Here is the problem with this. Currently if you have Copyright in one hand and shit in the other, you will need to have toilet paper handy. (Also in section 14, they make the point that they are bound by the laws of the State of California, so Federal Copyright applies. Cal hasn’t seceded, or fallen into the ocean yet)
Here is where the rabbit hole opens up. “You give us permission to use, store, and share”. This opens the door to granting them a license in absence of any other statement they make. ‘Implied’ and ‘reasonable’ have won more contract lawsuits than you can imagine.
The gem here is the qualifier “(but will not be generally available to other users)”. If you delete your account, under what specific scenarios would it be kept? The internet is just like a neighborhood. Stuff appears and disappears just like neighbor who moves or the store on the corner that closes down. The space may be there, but nobody is home and you have to move on.
Before we get to the money shot part of this, let’s review Copyright. In its simplest form, Copyright covers original writing and creation, whether it be words, photographic, visual(painting, dancing, design, still or moving like video), or auditory such as music. As the Creator of stuff, your Copyright gives you a limited monopoly to license your work, such as copying , publicly perform or display, distribute, modify, translate, and create derivative works. Licensing is what makes the book, movie, and music industries possible.
Let’s start with they left out. Your writing. Everything you write is covered by copyright. Copyright got its start with the written word.
They do not need nor should they be given, any transferability as you are in a gated community, nor should it be sub-licensible, which gives them the rights to grant or sell your stuff without any permission or royalties.
You really do not want to give these rights away.
Here is what a fair license grant should look like:
Anything less is bullshit. They need you a lot more than you need them.
In yet the latest collision between the Plantation Owners and Sharecroppers is FaceBook and the women who don’t think that pictures of breast feeding are obscene. I am with the women. I don’t think the entire breast is obscene either singly or in pairs, let alone what is visible in most of the images in question.
However, I warned everyone what would happen when you join a sharecropper network.
Sorry Ladies You Lose
Here is why Nobody wins on a “Social Network”. According to a report at Mercury News.Com it was reported:
What is happening here is the same tired story that is killing TV Radio and Newspapers. ADVERTISERS!! Somebody from Dry Gulch, Missouri, told somebody that human breast feeding is obscene and or sexually explicit, (which when you really think about it is Nutritionally Explicit strictly speaking) who got an advertiser or their lawyer to have a brain fart and rattled their advertising budget in front of them. “Hmmmn… Tits or Revenue?
NO MORE TITS!! NO MORE TITS!! NO MORE TITS!!
Further down the same article is this nugget:
Is it coming clearer? Despite the fact that the majority of teenagers were breast fed, and would have a much clearer memory of such an event, the advertisers are not interested in your lactation issues because, you can’t play a video game, drive a car, buy more trendy worthless shit while breast feeding. And lawdy lawdy, teenagers are not supposed to think about such things, but are supposed to buy all that trendy worthless shit.
It is their Plantation and they make the rules.
The most surprising thing to me is not this areolagate happened,(because next week, It will be Nutritionally Explicit photos, you know those pictures of folks stuffing food into their mouths with a bit of the tongue showing) but all the folks who continue to get sucked into these sharecropper networks.
With the Google Viacom lawsuit requiring a massive data give away, folks are beginning to wake up to the lack of privacy and the lengths that companies and websites are using to track your online activity.
Here is a list of a few programs that cost you nothing more than the download time.
Firefox for browsing. Much better and faster than IE. An order of magnatude better privacy settings. Thunderbird for email. It is your email. If you want to have some other company reading your mail and inserting advertising and clear gifs and tracking cookies, by all means get your ass sold down the river to every advertiser with a checkbook. AVG for anti virus. AdBlock Plus to eliminate website ads, third party tracking cookies, and other tracking. Easylist for AdBlock Plus Tor for anonymous surfing. This slows down your surfing as bit but it is worth the wait if you want to have any sort of privacy.
It is almost impossible to control your entire internet footprint. but you can decide who you want to share with.
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