[NetBehaviour] Buzz Fail

james morris james at jwm-art.net
Fri Feb 12 18:31:15 CET 2010

See also:


and be sure to check the comments from all the facebook users who
apparently seem to think that is the new facebook login page... wtf!?!?

On 12/2/2010, "Rob Myers" <rob at robmyers.org> wrote:

>The concept of relationships used by social networking software is a
>limited one compared to the concept of relationships used in sociological
>social netowrk analysis. I social networking software all relationships are
>positive. You only have friends, not enemies, so any connection between two
>people is assumed to be positive and privileged by the software as such.
>Outside of computerised social networking services, real-world social
>networks can contain *negative* relationships. You can have *enemies*, and
>they can cause you real-world harm. You don't want them being given the
>privileges within the service that friendship affords. Considering the
>information that social networking services contain, this can have harmful
>real-world consequences.
>When a company decides to automatically create social networking software
>relationships for you based on all the relationships they can discover from
>other data sources that implicitly contain information about real-world
>social networks, such as your email contacts, this cannot differentiate
>between the two kinds of relationship. When they create positive social
>networking service relationships this gives negative relationships the same
>privileges as positive relationships. 
>Which is why Google really shouldn't have done that with Buzz -
>"I use my private Gmail account to email my boyfriend and my mother.
>There’s a BIG drop-off between them and my other “most frequent” contacts.
>You know who my third most frequent contact is?
>My abusive ex-husband.
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