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Interesting food for thought.
The Washington Post Social Reader app unnerves me. The act of “Reading” is now itself an action. You don’t click any “read this” button. It may be benign to some but there are potential pitfalls on the privacy front.
What if your friends saw a steady stream of articles that you were reading?
and so on…
What do you think they might want to ask you about?
That is just a hastily put together example, but I think it illustrates my point.
We are what we read, and sometimes we need to explore topics and subjects that need to stay in the private realm. There are plenty of good and bad reasons why you would extensively read up on articles regarding to health, diseases, diabetes, marriage, death, suicide, taxes, depression… the list goes on.
Would you want those articles bunched together in your public feed?
The Washington Post has an Editor’s Note. Its says many things including:
“All you have to do is read, just as you normally do. No “recommending,” “liking” or “sharing” — just read and we’ll do the rest of the work. The app gets better the more friends you have using it.”
Thats a very nice spin on it.
Earlier this year when I was still at the Times we talked to Facebook about a news app. Facebook had a whole set of new features in the pipeline (presumably just launched) and this passive reading action was one of them and they were looking for us to use it. It came up in conference calls and on-site meetings. I believe Facebook is very eager to catch-up or even displace Twitter as a go-to place for news, and this is how they think they can do that.
To their credit the newsroom shelved the idea. The consensus was that this was intrusive and potentially an invasion of privacy. I think after that was repeatedly communicated that Facebook lost interest in doing anything at all.
I think its one thing to broadcast your taste in music, but what you are reading raises the stakes a bit. For now, all I have is this isolated case but everything has a beginning.
Is Google+ the higher education of social networking?
That’s the thought that came to me tonight as I logged on to my Google+ account. I stared at my
newsfeed stream for a few minutes when I noticed something.
Barring a few exceptions, a lot of the people I
follow circle(?) are posting to Google+ ways the site can be used, what it’s good for, what makes it great.
That got me thinking about the beginning of Facebook, and even Twitter, when that kind of theorizing wasn’t done on the individual social networks’ platforms.
No one ever posted a status update on Facebook about how Facebook could be used, they posted passive agressive status updates.
It made me wonder: If Facebook was the high school of social networks, is Google+ the university of them?
But then if one were to factor in Twitter, I guess that would make Facebook the, gulp, junior high of social media.
It makes sense when you think about it. Especially for those of us who were in school at the time of Facebook’s rollout and got to experience a blissful (and parent-free) Facebook experience. Status updates were more personal. More direct. More aimed at your “friends.”
They could be used as a way of hoping the guy you were crushing on noticed you. Or to let the girl you went out with know you had a good time the night before. It was an indirect way to let your best friend know why you were mad. Pretty junior highish.
Then Twitter came along: “What are you doing?” it asked us. Like a high schooler’s social calendar, we filled in the details. We were shopping. We were on holidays. We were working. FourSquare was a nice addition to Twitter High, allowing us to let our friends know exactly where we were at all times.
Now we’ve moved on to Google+ (we’ll forget Buzz ever existed), and instead of playing with the network or trying to make it work, there’s so much theory. Almost a month in and I’ve already read about how journalists are using Google+. It took journalists (myself included), years to get on Twitter and now suddenly we’re embracing a social media RIGHT OUT OF THE GATE? Puzzling.
Perhaps it’s time we remembered what social networks are for: To be social.