Facebook and privacy seems to be a topic that crops up now and then. Honestly I really don’t understand all the hoopla about it – it’s very easy to keep things private on fb: don’t post it!

So by posting things you should really know that chances are good other people might see/read/comment on it – so if this freaks you out, maybe the way to go is to take responsibility for your own privacy on the net, and not rely so heavily on systems to protect you.

In line with this Dave Lee King posted about fb and privacy and I complete agree with him. Here’s a little snippet:

First, there’s the “update me with your stuff” things, like status updates, new photos, and new videos:

  • If you want those to be private, you shouldn’t post them. Period.
  • Hello! Nothing’s private on the web. Even on Facebook.
  • If you want to share a status update with just some people, you can do that. Which is more than Twitter gives you.

Basic info, like:

  • Name: um … don’t open a Facebook account if you don’t want to share your name.
  • Gender: That’s rather apparent, isn’t it? Is it bad that you know I’m a guy?
  • Birthday: Hmm. I don’t really care. Should I?
  • Relationship Status: OK – so I have a recently divorced friend, and it was rather painful to watch his relationship status go from married to single to it’s complicated … back to single, etc. Maybe a case of sharing too much info, rather than one of privacy. So if your life’s on a rollercoaster ride … don’t fill that one out.
  • Current city: big whoop. Google already knows this.
  • Hometown: That’s sort of important when connecting with past schoolmates.
  • Religious and Political views: I have em. So does everyone else.
  • The New York Times also posted an InfoGraphic on Facebook Privacy that’s quite interesting (It’s small, so click on the NY link for a bigger version):

    And a cute cartoon:


    Twitter reached it’s 10 billionth tweet the other day and Mashable designed a great infographic to show the evolution of the tweet.

    Next time someone asks me about Web 2.0 and it’s uses in the library I’ll be directing them to the image below (uploaded by Henley: Collective Intelligence v stupidity and I saw it on Stephen’s Lighthouse).

    Because honestly, this really is how libraries sometimes plan and manage their web projects …

    Jay Deragon posted a very thought-provoking post on The Relationship Economy talking about how bosses who chase “all things social” without relevant knowledge do not always insure that the chase is aimed at the right things or the right people.

    Here are a few of my favorite quotes from his post:

    Asking for something you don’t understand and thinking you can find people who understand to deliver you something you don’t understand is a set up to failure.

    Hiring people with a “social something” title isn’t the secret sauce that makes your organizational social. Only those with authority, power and control over people can make the changes required for the entire organization to be social.

    Before hiring people to use social bosses need to learn what it means to be social. That requires a totally different knowledge and skills set than just using social.

    Asterisq released Mentionmap a web app for exploring your Twitter network. Discover which people interact the most and what they’re talking about. It’s also a great way to find relevant people to follow.

    It loads each user’s Twitter status updates (tweets) and finds the people and hashtags they talked about the most. The data is displayed using Constellation Framework, a graph visualization library for Actionscript.

    In this data visualization, mentions become connections and discussions between multiple users emerge as clusters.

    Clicking a user will display their network of mentions as well as details from their profile. You can also search for friends by typing their Twitter usernames into the search box.

    This is what Mashable‘s twitter map looks like:

    Royal Pingdom just released their study on the ages of social networkers and they looked at sites such as:  Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, FriendFeed, Last.fm, Friendster, LiveJournal, Hi5, Tagged, Ning, Xanga, Classmates.com, Bebo:

     Here are some of the findings:

  • The average social network user is 37 years old.
  • LinkedIn, with its business focus, has a predictably high average user age; 44.
  • The average Twitter user is 39 years old.
  • The average Facebook user is 38 years old.
  • The average MySpace user is 31 years old.
  • Bebo has by far the youngest users, as witnessed earlier, with an average age of 28.
  • Thanks to the iLibrarian for posting about this!

    I like this site – Go2Web2.0 – it’s a directory of Web 2.0 tools (and their logos for those of us who are visual learners) and if you hover your mouse over an application it tells you what you can use that application for.

    It’s so simple and yet so brilliant!