Yesterday Facebook announced that its has reached the 350 million users mark. No doubt, the figure is impressive, and the masses are with Facebook. Looks like smooth sailing. But certainly, there has been some severe white water rafting, too. The main hurdles? The users’ privacy.
To be clear, some companies have made clear statements about privacy already in the past. In this sense, a
This concern is going mainstream. In the past month Google has introduced
These are just two (albeit very visible) examples of many many moves. And one might wonder if a snowball effect is already happening, and if this will extend to other parts of the web, too. Especially interesting is that of the “privacy” of content owners. In this sense, we’ve seen Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp achieving an exclusive deal with Microsoft’s Bing search engine. And just today Google announced a new news crawler which gives publishers more control over news crawling. This is again, good news for the hardly hit pulishing industries, no dout. Let’s continue watching.