Category Archives: social networking

Cost of Social Networks

Half of businesses are restricting employees’ access to social-networking site Facebook, due to concerns about productivity and security.

Should a businesss carry the cost of lost productivity and allow employees access to social networks ?

Can businesses benefit from employee use of social networks


Is Flickr Locating a Social Network?

Flikr have launched Places which is a mash up that produces a location profile . The profile pulls data from maps, weather, groups and individually tagged photos.

Is this the start of a Flickr creating a location based social network?


How to hide on Facebook

A useful article by

Deactivated Accounts are not Dead

Given the uncertainty surrounding the “how safe is my data” debate you may wish to close your social network account until there are clearer answers.
This may not be quite as straightforward it may seem

Facebook’s Account Settings help appears to confirm that they retain your data even after you deactivate your account

In the “How do I deactivate my account?” section we are informed:
“You want to leave Facebook? ………Deactivation will completely remove your profile and all associated content on your account from Facebook………” it then goes on to say “If you reactivate your account, your profile will be restored in its entirety (friends, photos, interests, etc.).

Add to this the recent article on Valleywag entitled “Facebook employees know-what profiles you look at” and the privacy/online reputaion issue is certainly going to make some people very nervous.

iTune in to your friend’s music

SimplifyMedia is a media sharing service which lets your friends view and listen to your iTunes library over the web.

Allowing only streaming, not copying, and only to a small group (30 people)  appears to be the solution to copyright infringement.

Private Facebook Pages Are Not So Private

If you’ve got a Facebook account read this >>

Trust Me


“The lack of trust has always been an issue on the Internet and it will not get better with the emergence of new collaborative services particular to Web 2.0.
More and more people are blogging, sharing, publishing or selling but what about the quality and the reliability of the published material ?” say the people responsible for the public beta release of Venyo which aims to provide a universal online reputation service expressed in the form of a personal reliability index.

More on digital identity here >>

Or watch this brilliantly presented piece by Dick Hardt at last year’s OpenSource convention: