Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Social networking

MySpace to Let Parents Block Their Children From Joining
Representatives from MySpace and the attorneys general of 49 states are announcing a new partnership to fight sexual predators and clean up social networks. Among the dozens of measures MySpace has agreed to take, the social network will let parents submit the e-mail addresses of their children, so the company can prevent anyone from using that address to set up a profile. It will also set the profiles of all 16 and 17-year-olds to private, so only their established online friends can visit their pages - essentially creating a “closed” section for users under age 18.

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Presenting a "Teen Dating Website"
Is this the weirdest social networking site ever? A minimum age of 13, lots of guys in their thirties using the site and Zango Adware (that requires you to be 18+ to install in the first place) - not forgetting the permalinks to "Russian bride" websites, of course. Myspace doesn't seem so bad now, does it?

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Facebook and the CIA
In a piece of carefully researched critique, Guardian Unlimited writer Tim Hodgkinson does a masterful job unpacking the politics of Facebook, implying that the company’s backer’s real agenda is the realization of the original American dream.

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