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A privacy economy

A rather bizarre article talking about new companies hoping to capitalize on people's concern over privacy in social media (or the lack of it). Basically, these are companies that are offering to help people own their data--even though it certainly looks like they'll be owning the platform. Here's a sample:

Michael Fertik, Reputation's CEO, says rising concerns about privacy online have created a demand among people to be given control of their data. "We think there is a coming privacy economy," he said.

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Blogging NOT in decline

Some numbers about online activity by generation, which finds, "blogs are not waning. All the major blogging platforms are growing. As noted in the article, Blogger’s visitors were up 9% last year, while WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg on his blog notes that WordPress is up 80 million views in the same period....

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Business 'using' social media misses the point

Some good points made in this article about business 'using' social media, and what they really should be doing:

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Tracking influence on Twitter

Grabbing this article the considers this recent study more on the assumption that the study might be interesting to critique than to swallow whole. Might spur a worthwhile blog post about influence in social media.

As a Linked-In employee (who wrote the article I've linked to here) puts it:

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Employers and Facebook

Librarian Bobbi Newman offers some good advice to employers:

"You don’t have a Facebook problem you have an employee problem. What would you do if that employee were spending too much time at the water cooler? Or on the phone with his girlfriend? Or playing solitaire all day? For some reason when people are presented with an old problem in a digital format they focus on the format and not the problem...."

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Social scientists go social media

Turns out they really are social. And they can be brief enough to tweet, which is the more astonishing thing:

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The 'Twitter causes revolutions--or not' debate I

The straw men are piling up fast in the less than useful or interesting debate about whether social media such as Twitter and Facebook 'caused' the movements in Tunisia and Egypt.

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How to become a virtual ghost when you're six feet under

Hilarious, poignant, weird, or just creepy? Even the site's creator, Brian Brushwood (one of Leo Laporte's crew of podcast hosts), isn't sure:

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Archiving Social Media

Some opening moves toward facing the challenge of preserving 'records' (as archivists define them) created in Twitter, Facebook, or other social media environments (and blogs too):

* A new NARA bulletin providing some valuable guidance for archivists.

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Gen X goes social

Doubt there will ever be an end to the puff pieces about Gen Y transforming the corporate workspace (regardless of whether anything more than anecdotal evidence ever turns up), but at least one study, conducted by Forrester Consultants, offers an unexpected finding: "Gen X workers -- and not those in the younger Gen Y generation -- make up the majority of those who use social networking for business, followed closely by Boomers aged 55 and older. According to the data, Gen Y's use of collaborative technology also lagged others."

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