Social apps are always watching

Whenever we run our “Developing your professional web presence” workshops, participants are overwhelmingly concerned about privacy.  Who is watching, what are “they” tracking …these are legitimate concerns.  The recent Facebook revelations certainly raised my awareness of the possibilities. 

I think this cartoon  (via the Consumerist)  pretty much sums up the situation for us poor “products”.

Take heed

If you do want to participate in the social web, you have to be informed!  Always read carefully through the privacy settings on any site you sign up for, and monitor sites like Read Write Web or Mashable to keep up with the latest.

What can you do right now about Facebook? 
Lifehacker to the rescue with these Firefox and Chrome browser extensions that may help to take back some control.

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