Facebook and Twitter: Who Owns What

January 30, 2009

If a Facebook or Twitter fails, what happens? What a silly question. According to Jeremy Liew, Facebook is “pretty comfortable” about where the company is “right now”. You can find this statement and quite a bit of useful commentary in the article “Warning: Dependence on Facebook, Twitter Could Be Hazardous to Your Business” here. For me the most important comment in the write up by Mark Glaser was:

If you are planning on using either Twitter or Facebook as a marketing platform for yourself or your business, be sure to read the Terms of Service carefully. That’s what Facebook’s Larry Yu advised when I talked to him. “The important thing for people to do is to review the Terms of Service,” he said. “A lot of people don’t do that. They don’t have experience with it, and we encourage people to do it…There are also terms for application developers. As people decide to develop on the platform, they have to be comfortable with those terms.”

This addled goose is wary of social networks. Some trophy generation denizens believe that they don’t exist unless providing information on these publishing platforms. The trophy kids want to “hook up” and keep their “friends” informed about their activities and where abouts. When one of the trophy kids becomes a person of interest to law enforcement, those social postings are going to be somewhat useful to certain authorities. I wonder if the trophy kids realize that some information which is innocuous at the time it becomes available might provide insights to a more informed thinker. Run a query for profiling and see what you think of that discipline. Finally, there’s a nifty tool called the Analyst’s Notebook. If you are not familiar with it, run a Google query for that puppy. From my point of view the information “in” social systems is fascinating. Technology is an interesting construct. The consequences of technology can be even more interesting. Think search, content processing, link analysis, clustering, and other useful methods crunching on those social data. Yum, yum.

Stephen Arnold, January 31, 2009


9 Responses to “Facebook and Twitter: Who Owns What”

  1. Seth Grimes on January 30th, 2009 8:52 am

    I learned new terms today: Trophy kids, trophy generation.

    This generation turns George Berkeley’s Esse est percipi — To be is to be perceived — from an ontological statement into modus vivendi.

    But recall Scott McNealy’s 1999 dictum, “You have zero privacy anyway… Get over it.”


  2. Stephen E. Arnold on January 30th, 2009 11:28 am

    Seth Grimes,

    How can anyone learn anything from an addled goose? Pretty scary from where I float in Harrod’s Creek.

    Stephen Arnold, January 30, 2009

  3. Rand mcdaddy on July 19th, 2009 3:43 am

    Facebook is a big scam ! the owners won’t sell because if they did the buyers would find out the pay per click scam they are running and the other unethical business dealings they do with facebook.

    Who ever buys facebook is in for a rude awakening when they find out what’s going on behind the scene lol.

  4. John Smith on August 21st, 2009 11:40 pm

    why does everyone use Google to search. Try IXQUICK which doesn’t keep track of your IP address! It brings up almost the same things as Google.

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  8. Peter Thomson on October 19th, 2010 8:15 am

    I would like to go on to Twitter, and will do so when I know how. In the meantime, what would be the chances of getting my MIND’S FLIGHTemail address to all (or as many as possible) Twitter users? MIND’S FLIGHT is a Therapy Model to help alleviate (sometimes even remove) negative Stress. The bottom line is that technically, it’s SELF-HYPNOSIS. I’ve been a Therapist/Counsellor for almost 30 years. There are 4 fields on the MIND’S FLIGHT website. 1: HOME. This sets out the premise of it all. 2: TECHNIQUE. What it is and HOW TO DO IT! 3: AUDIOTEXT. A voice-over narration of the Technique text. 4: AUTHOR’S FLIGHT. A little something as to the how and why f it all – from my perspective, Please remember, MIND’S FLIGHT is given FREE. My tel. no. is 020-7-582:5481. PT

  9. abkeya blog on February 12th, 2011 11:16 pm

    Either way it never gonna end, a giant disappears another comes in its place. Its like Jungle rule, beat the chief and become chief.

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