In today’s Quick Hits, we retouch on the divorce and Facebook story from yesterday, and we celebrate Social Media Day with Mashable.com.
The White House recently announced a new initiative to develop a trusted identity ecosystem on the web called the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC). Per Ars Technica, “The basic idea behind the proposal is the creation of a trusted “Identity Ecosystem,” where users, businesses, and the government can voluntarily carry out transactions secure in the knowledge that everyone is who they say they are, and where users don’t have to give up any more information than is necessary to complete a transaction.”
Interestingly, the system might more easily allow for anonymous blogging, presumably as long as the content isn’t important to the government itself.
The Holy Grail for social media companies is to figure out a way to sort through the trillions of messages, status updates, “Likes,” and countless other social interactions to find a clear pattern of user behavior. According to a recent article in GigaOm, the solution to this problem may lie in the world of cloud computing.
On the heels of news that location-based social networking website Foursquare has closed a million round of new funding, Wired has the story of how one white hat hacker logged the check-in data for 875 thousand users via a Foursquare security hole. Foursquare resolved the issue by making a minor change to its privacy settings, but the coder who discovered the hole, Jesper Anderson, isn’t satisfied that it’s a practical solution for users who want to maintain their privacy.
Yesterday morning, I shared a news item about how divorce attorneys love using social media in the court room. Yesterday evening, MSNBC’s Helen A.S. Popkin weighed in on the issue, offering her typically incisive and witty commentary. Popkin argues that too many people misplace blame on social networking websites when its really the users who are responsible for their behavior online.
She says, “Social networks don’t destroy jobs and families, people do. Or they don’t. It’s your free will.” It’s a fair point, and one that gets missed sometimes in the mainstream media.
Mashable is celebrating “Social Media Day” with social media events and gatherings across the country. Check out Mashable’s blog post to see a message from Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore about the festivities and learn where a party might be happening near you.