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Facebook Privacy Settings: Who Cares?

Eszter Hargittai and I just published a new article in First Monday entitled: “Facebook privacy settings: Who cares?”

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93% of the World Is Not on Facebook

Facebook will today announce that it has reached 500 million users. This number is incredible, and perhaps even more impressive is the rate at which the social network is growing. Just five months ago they had 400 million users. The site’s user base has grown by 25% in less than half a year. Incredible stuff.

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MySpace and Facebook: How Racist Language Frames Social Media (and Why You Should Care)

(This post was written for Blogher and originally posted there.)

Every time I dare to talk about race or class and MySpace & Facebook in the same breath, a public explosion happens. This is the current state of things. Unfortunately, most folks who enter the fray prefer to reject the notion that race/class shape social media or that social media reflects bigoted attitudes than seriously address what’s at stake.

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Social Media Is F**king Addictive

If you haven't seen it already, the third installment of the infamous slideshow, "What The F**ck Is Social Media?" has been published over at Slideshare by Marta Kagan. Since I'm a sucker for good visual communication or any good communication for that matter, I highly recommend flipping through it as it's both informative and entertaining. And it contains a few updated stats:

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Google, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube & Now Foursquare? The Loosely Coupled Operating System for the Web…

Not long ago, I was presenting along with some folks to the senior executive team at a large division of a massive insurance company. I had the great pleasure of listening to Eileen Naughton of YouTube, when she referred to Google as the operating system for search, Facebook as the operating system for social, Twitter as the operating system for real time and YouTube as the operating system for video. I found her characterization of the services fascinating and useful. 

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How Much Is a Facebook Fan Really Worth?

I wrote about this issue in March, the first time a report like this came out. You can click here to read my earlier post. And now we have yet another report trying to show that people who are fans of a brand on Facebook spend more money then the average person. And once again, I think they have this backwards.

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Facebook, Privacy Settings and Taking Control of Your Personal Brand Online

Facebook today announced new features to address the criticism that is has faced recently for its privacy settings and processes. In December 2009 and then again in April this year, the site made a number of changes to its privacy options and settings. In essence they opened up more data to users beyond your friends and immediate networks and changed some of the default settings. This led to the situation where users had 50 different settings and 170 options to control the levels of access to and sharing of the data and information on their profiles.

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Some Updated Thoughts about Privacy

UPDATE: Just came across this from the The Washington Post. Mark Zuckerberg - From Facebook, answering privacy concerns with new settings. He says some very nice things, but I just don't think they can create a service that allows the users to opt out of info sharing and remain free.

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Quitting Facebook Is Pointless; Challenging Them To Do Better Is Not

I’ve been critiquing moves made by Facebook for a long time and I’m pretty used to them being misinterpreted. When I lamented the development of the News Feed, many people believed that I thought that the technology was a failure and that it wouldn’t be popular. This was patently untrue.
 
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Facebook Is a Utility; Utilities Get Regulated

From day one, Mark Zuckerberg wanted Facebook to become a social utility. He succeeded. Facebook is now a utility for many. The problem with utilities is that they get regulated.

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