Social Media Behaving Badly

 
 
 

It's one thing when companies spill your data by accident. But what about when they do it on purpose? Google's latest foray into social networking, Buzz, met with immediate criticism when it became clear that the service made public a user's most frequent email contacts. Not cool. Google quickly announced changes to the service, but the fact remains: companies that control user data have huge power, and are prone to misusing that power. Business users should be aware of the risks associated with these services.

Social Media Behaving Badly

Google Buzz made a user's most-frequent email correspondents public knowledge by default.

Social Media Behaving Badly
 
 
Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular EdCone.com weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.
 
 
 

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