No surprise that the Chinese government blocked social networking on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the military crackdown at Tiananmen Square. As a matter of fact just before the Olympic Games began in August 2008 China limited Internet access as the government wanted control over information before and during the Games. Many people from the West were surprised since China was hosting the international Games, but it seems logical that a totalitarian government would not change its behavior in such a circumstance.

More Social Networking

It’s about time that smaller businesses got the clue that they need to use social networking to promote their activities, so it’s no surprise to read reports that small businesses are directing their efforts to attract traffic with social networks. Targeted advertising works even better on the Internet, but learning how to identify potential customers has always been a primary goal of marketing.

In February 2009 the Federal Trade Commission issued its FTC Staff Report entitled “Self-Regulatory Principles For Online Behavioral Advertising” following public hearings and “sixty-three comments on the Principles from eighty-seven stakeholders, including individual companies, business groups, academics, consumer and privacy advocates.” Since the US relies on self-regulation of privacy these comments were all considered before releasing the Principles. One need merely review Google’s Analytics site to how much information about is captured about our activity on the Internet. The fact that this monetized is one thing, but the potential loss of privacy has many alarmed.

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