Nielsen. It's Data Privacy Day: Do You Know Where Your Data Is? @YachiraG: Not at all.
They go on to say that the will turn over that information if required by law. @Jon Wedell: Yikes. @Jon Wedell: On the other hand, you have to wonder what use their service is to all those "Chinese" and others being censored by national firewalls if they're willing to hand over user data to those governments when asked. What Libraries Can Learn from Facebook. A colleague and I were discussing the recent Facebook TOS kerfuffle and she said she was fascinated by how much privacy people are willing to give away in exchange for a desired experience.
I agreed that I am equally fascinated, and that it is vitally important for librarians to be on the vanguard of monitoring these trends, and educating our customers as to the possible risks of sharing too much information. But I also think that librarians, at times, can be too knee-jerk about privacy issues, and I wonder if while looking at one end of the Facebook dustup (big corporation trampling on privacy rights) we might be missing some important lessons on the other end (big corporation letting customers control their own information in exchange for a highly engaging experience. And Facebook DOES give customers a tremendous, leading edge, amount of control. See: "10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know.) Here's to librarians, saviors of the data-weary. It took me half the book to grasp the real meaning of Marilyn Johnson's title, "This Book Is Overdue!
" It's not a wry play on a librarian's scold, but a statement of fact: This book should have been written long ago. Its subtitle, "How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All," indicates why it's being published now, cybrarian being a "too new for Webster's" word, but one that's been on the Internet for years. Johnson, a longtime magazine writer, became interested in librarians while writing "The Dead Beat," her book about obituary writers. Librarians often had fascinating obituaries, one reason being that they're overseeing the great shift in information storage from books to cyberspace.
Johnson wondered what it's like to be a librarian in a world of too much information, yet a world where mouse-click accessibility also calls into question the need for librarians. This is where librarians are our best allies, and Johnson thankfully adopts a "show, don't tell" approach. 6 Incredible Twitter Powered Art Projects. Twitter has brought us many things.
It lets us communicate in real-time about breaking news events, it lets us share content like photos, music, and videos, and it lets us do business in new ways. But Twitter is also being used to power some very intriguing and beautiful virtual art projects. Tweets are being visualized and mashed up with other content in ways that create stunning online art. In this post we'll highlight six incredible experimental art projects that are using Twitter as a basis for their awesome creations. These visualizations go beyond just displaying data in more interesting ways — they are also truly fascinating pieces of online art. 1. Portwiture is an absolutely beautiful Twitter/Flickr mashup project that takes your tweets and turns them into a gorgeous piece of mosaic tile art. 2. The resulting image can be embedded on your web page or purchased on merchandise like coffee mugs or t-shirts. Facebook Management Has Lost Its Grip on Reality - ReadWriteWeb.
Facebook made one of the most important announcements in the young company's history today.
It has proposed a set of foundational documents, including the first official statement of Facebook Principles. The proposal is made to Facebook's users, who will now have 30 days to read, comment and perhaps vote on the documents. Looking just below the surface of this big news, though, there are a number of things going on that make absolutely no sense to us. Facebook's management appears to have lost its grip on reality.
The population of Facebook dwarfs that of scores of countries in the physical world; these foundational documents are of immense importance and raise big red flags. We were on a short call today with Mark Zuckerberg, Elliot Schrage and others to discuss the announcement. We're excited about the prospect of increased openness and transparency at Facebook. Here are the big problems we've seen so far with how things are going down.