Web 2.0 Evolution

Web 2.0 & Accessibility

Which is the usage of OUR MORE PERSONAL DATA when we are a web 2.0 services’ user?

Posted by web20evolution on October 10, 2007

On first place, and for the rest of my posts in these course, sorry for my English. I will try to write in English as better as I am able to.

I agree with Paul in the most of the explained issues in his today’s post.

The web 2.0 is a great idea, but on the other hand, I think it has many problems which should be taken in mind by the web 2.0 services’ users should take in mind, when they decide to use it.

For example. The user has the liberty to decide what contents publishing in a web, however when the user is already into this service, looses part of the control of the personal information published in these kind of web 2.0 services (bloggs, wikies, etc).

For example, in Gmail, everybody should know that a machine is tracking all the messages to show publicity related to the content of these messages. The companies are using these information to make money with our personal information.

Really, do the most of these users know this kind of things? I think, NO.

Rosa Delgado (rdelgado@mir.es)


4 Responses to “Which is the usage of OUR MORE PERSONAL DATA when we are a web 2.0 services’ user?”

  1. estrella said

    Surely the ordinary user is not really aware of this kind of use of their data, or maybe they just don’t care.

    Personally, and talking about the case of Gmail, I feel it’s both useful for the advertiser and for the user. Publicity gives profit to Google, and hence it is possible to us to use their services for free. That’s the same as Live Mail or Yahoo Mail. Now, what makes the difference, is that the ads shown by Gmail are somehow related to the contents of the mail, so that they can be more meaningful for the user. And since the selection is done automatically and blindly, I don’t feel it like a privacy breach really.

  2. Rafa said

    Something beyond the usage of your data:

    Look at what Microsoft tries to patent: a system that through sensors and cameras is able to detect if you (or someone from your family) is sitted at the sofa in order to advertise something that can be relevant to that person.

    Link below (how can I create an hyperlink within a comment??):

  3. estrella said

    Rafa, about the hyperlinks in the comments, you just have to write manually the common HTML code:

    <a href=”http://your.link”>your text</a>

  4. elenapereira84 said

    One of the most important features of in the Web 2.0 is the trend to share all the information and make it available for everybody thanks to the Internet.
    Nowadays, more and more people let the net do some of the tasks which used to be confidential or private, for example: storing our photographs and videos.
    But there must be a reason to explain the amounts of money invested by the big companies in sites which apparently don’t contribute to obtain benefits, and the explanation is the use of personal information to make money. Ever detail about you and me is taken for marketing then. So, I agree with your point of view and in my opinion, it’s really true that users don’t know the destination of their personal details in most of the cases.
    Sometimes, users accept the policies of privacy without reading them carefully and the enterprises profit from this and other times they really don’t inform people which is the case of Google, quoted in the post

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