Facebook has developed new privacy features and agreed to 20 years of independent audits of its privacy practices. Google and Twitter previously settled similar cases with the Federal Trade Commission. Farhad Manjoo argues that Facebook, or any social network, can never be truly private.
The Gillmor Gang — Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — have some fun with Facebook’s new GraphSearch and advances in medical techniques. We all agree that when Facebook says it’s not about search, well, it’s all about search. Should Google be quaking in its boots as @scobleizer shows the Jets and Giants parking lot in the post season that is Google+, or does Foursquare get its oxygen cut off by the Facebook hoards looking for a good restaurant?
GraphSearch is notable for being the first Facebook Beta launch, unless you count every one of the privacy relaunches. We have some fun at Google’s expense, but the reality is that the winners — Google, Apple, Facebook — are crowding out the losers in the battle for screentime. Finally, the Gang calls on @kevinmarks to honor the memory of Aaron Swartz, an old soul gone all too young.
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Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor
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Much has been made in recent years of the so-called Facebook generation, which supposedly consists of 20-somethings who like to go online and spill their guts without regard for privacy. The reality is more complex.