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Social Media Club named to top 100

I’m proud to have contributed to the Social Media Club blog this year and  Virtual Hosting Blog has picked it as one of the Top 100 Social Media and Social Networking Blogs for 2007.

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Facebook making people angry

In case you were too busy preparing Turkey last week, I’ll give a basic review of the issue. Facebook’s Beacon program (already questioned as a possible “Privacy Nightmare” by GigaOm) lets users share their own data about what they like and dislike with other facebook users. An example might be Fandango or other movie service letting everyone know I bought tickets to “Enchanted” this weekend. I did, take the kids, it was adorable. But that’s not the point. I’m sharing this because I choose to. A bunch of people are finding out that stuff they didn’t realize was being shared, is.
Jason Calacanis clearly summarizes The wonderful horrible life of Facebook users and their data (or, “data hogs get slaughtered”) noting the 3 major things making some customers of Facebook feel, well, icky:

Facebook has done three things that are at once extremely innovative, extremely rude, extremely helpful, and extremely disconcerting:

1. They are collecting and republishing user data on a level not before seen by users.

2. They are allowing advertisers to use this data to reach these users.

3. They are not giving this information–information that has put their value at $15 billion–back to their users.

Doc Searls summarizes one possible set of responses in these two articles.

Time To Write Our Own Rules And Making Rules, II where he notes:
What we need instead is to make tools that work for us, and not just for them. We need to invent tools that give each of us independence from vendor control, and better ways of telling vendors what we want, when we want it, and how we want to relate — on our terms and not just on theirs.

For my clients and friends trying to understand the current bru-ha-ha going on, the above articles are must-reads.

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A new blogging gig – Social Media Conferences

I’ve got a new blogging gig. I’ll be updating information about the latest conferences in the Social Media field, as well as aggregating news and reviews from these conferences and the world of Social Media in general.
You can find the latest info at the Social Media – News Hub and I hope you’ll visit and give it a try.
Coming soon, a classified board. All you folks always asking if I know someone who could do a particular job – this is the place to post – but this part is not yet up and operational….

Your feedback is also welcome as to how I can improve this. And finally, if you’re not sure how to get your conference listed, get in touch with me – howardgr at the gmail email service.