Google researchers caution that the expansion of the social Web and our growing involvement with it is compromising our privacy while offering the false sense of security that we act in the privacy of our own social circle. Specifically, the paper suggests three areas where the social Web compromises user privacy:
1. Lack of control over activity streams
2. Unwelcome linkage
3. De-anonymization through merging of social graphsand then goes on to propose solutions.
It’s with a heavy heart and a sense of bewilderment that we conclude that the market for enterprise-specific RSS readers appears to be dead. Two years ago there were three major players offering software that delivered information to the computers of business users via RSS. Today it looks to us like the demand simply never arose and that market is over. A smattering of employees in big companies are using the free consumer app Google Reader, a paltry substitute for a business class RSS reader, and the rest of the business world is apparently satisfied to get information whenever they happen to stumble over it. It’s insane – a solid RSS strategy can be a huge competitive advantage in any field. We have no idea why so relatively few people see that.
[Maybe RSS is an under the hood thing, and it’ll do fine packaged as something else for the end users?]
Here’s a big problem with web design: If you want to make your website better at turning visitors into customers (or subscribers), you need to understand why most of your visitors are leaving. Capturing the voice-of-the-customer is more difficult with the web, but it can be done. Here are 14 free tools to get you started!
That one line of code allows Userfly to record a screencast of your users’ behavior, providing some very interesting feedback on how they are interacting with your site, from simple mouse tracking to complex interactions with AJAX elements. Basic test of 10 users per hour is free
Some thoughts on the downside of using a commercial service like YouTube for hosting aspects of the political process.
Hat tip to BasicCraft for starting me on this!
Another link for you: I blogged last year with with some news on the economics of Web2.0 services like YouTube and my thoughts on the implications of government relying on it in my post here