Facebook to Join Behavioral Targeting Game, and Might Win

The social networking site Facebook is planning to to enter the behavioral targeting game, letting marketers customize their ads for the millions of Facebook customers who visit the site daily. Given the "mountain of information" users openly divulge on the…

41% of Facebook Users Share Personal Information with a Frog

You can file this in the "altogether not that surprising" category: The IT security firm Sophos has conducted a little experiment to see how easily it might be to obtain personal information from Facebook users. They created a fabricated Facebook…

Facebook Forces You to Describe Your Friendships (with 14 convenient labels)

Over the past few months, I've grown to be a fan of Facebook (here's my public profile). I'm not sure why, but there seems to be quite a few of my professional colleagues on this social network, and I've come…

Social Network Migration, Aggregation, and SocialStream

There's been an interesting thread on the AoIR mailing list lately about the possibilities of social network migration and aggregation. One list member longed for aggregation: I wonder if we would see a sort of a social network aggregator developed…

Facebook Allowing Profiles to be Crawled by Google

Remember last fall when Facebook got itself in all kinds of trouble for unilaterally creating and automatically activating "feeds" of its users' changes to their profile pages? They scrambled to try to reign in this privacy-threatening feature, and promised to…

Privacy and Surveillance in Web 2.0: Unintended Consequences and the Rise of “Netaveillance”

[This thought piece appears on the On The Identity Trail project's blog, blog*on*nymity. Thanks to the amazing folks there for the (second) invitation to contribute to the project. -mz] This post is an attempt to collect and organize some thoughts…