Thursday, July 29th, 2010

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http://www.slideshare.net/padday/the-real-life-social-network-v2

http://www.thinkoutsidein.com/blog/2010/07/data-behind-real-life-social-network/

http://www.thinkoutsidein.com/blog/2010/03/we-dont-have-one-group-of-friends/

http://www.thinkoutsidein.com/blog/2009/11/why-liking-is-about-more-than-just-liking/

The rest of the links are by the person who made the presentation. I wonder what sort of thing he and the other people will create based on this research? Google's previous social media offerings have been underwhelming or flawed, to say the least.
charmian: a snowy owl (Default)
Recently, LJ had been restricting openID usage of LJ accounts which had been renamed. The problems seem to have been resolved to some extent, but I'm not sure what they'll end up doing in the long run. Basically, the problem has to do with renames. If you delete your account, and I rename my account to take up your old username, I can use openID to login to sites where you have previously left data under the open ID identity oldusername.livejournal.com, view it, delete it, etc, and represent myself as oldusername.livejournal.com. Now, probably you can say that since you abandoned oldusername.livejournal.com, you implicitly consented to my assuming the identity; however, I'm worried about the privacy implications this has. Many users do not understand openID or how it works very well at all. If you understand how it works, it becomes immediately obvious the renamed LJ account would be technically indistinguishable from the prior LJ account, but many people don't understand openID and also, could have used it, but not remembered that they had.
openID combined with potential new LJ policy creates some potential serious social problems for sites where LJ users log in with openID )

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