August 29, 2011

Social Surveillance

Seen in a recent Information Week news item: "Google, like Facebook before it, offers a social network that doubles as a surveillance network."

That's almost right; more accurately, "Google, like Facebook before it, offers an advertising network that doubles as a social network." I still come across people out there who use these things who don't understand that we are the product being sold through Facebook and Google+. That surveillance network isn't a side effect — it's the whole point.

(Yes, I'm an active particpant on both Facebook and Google+).

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