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Deconstructing Facebook Beacon

Jay Goldman: On November 6th, 2007, Facebook launched a series of new tools to help advertisers target the 54 million people now regularly using their site. They’re still throwing around a 3% weekly growth rate and have a target of 60 million active users by the end of the year, so it’s not hard to picture the day in the not-so-distant future when hospitals Facebook babies before handing them over and the little bundle of joy comes with a neural implant that pokes their parental units when the diaper is full. [via Simon Willison]

Some Thoughts on the Facebook Beacon

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Some Thoughts on the Facebook Beacon

Recently I’ve read a number of negative posts about the Facebook Beacon  which highlight how easy it is for a company to completely misjudge the privacy implications and ramifications of certain features in social software applications. Charlene...

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“So what!” is my usual answer to this.  My Dad was getting very worried about this Facebook and Beacon issue, but I think people get far too hung up about personal data and being tracked.

There’s a simple philosophy I tried to lead my internet life by: don’t post anything on the net, you wouldn’t be happy to post on the public notice board of your local supermarket.  As long as you follow that advice, Facebook and Beacon can track whatever they want of mine.  You never know, I may even get a better internet experience out of it.

I wrote a much longer post about all this on my blog if you’re interested.

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