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Friday, November 30, 2007

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Alex Tolley

Fred Wilson can say some of the stupidest things on occasions, such as this line from the referenced post on Facebook privacy:

"...tracking what we do and reporting it to our friends and using that data to target advertising and content is a good thing."

Fred goes on to give a couple of examples of innocuous tracking. If this is all Fred does, then he is not much of a net user, nor a normal human being. Most of us have habits and interests we want to keep private, so why is advertising them a good thing? And who are you advertising too? Cory Doctorow has a great post

http://informationweek.com/news/
showArticle.jhtml?articleID=204203573

about why social networking sites are places you inevitably want to escape from under a new identity to avoid all those "fake" friends. Does Fred want to advertise to them as well, even the creepy ones? I really think he hasn't thought this issue through. More worryingly, he is possibly sufficiently insulated to express his "let them eat cake" comment.

Facebook should be facing a 3 strikes and you're out situation sometime in 2008.

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