What is the value of a tweet? How much does Yelp value a review? As a participant in the social media economy, how much value does your participation create for companies like Facebook and LinkedIn? These questions came to mind recently as we had a deep discussion at Backupify about the value of data in […]

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Yesterday afternoon, Facebook finally unveiled Places, the social network’s long-anticipated location-based feature set. At first blush, Facebook has given us the bridge between Gowalla, Foursquare, Yelp and Booyah we’ve been waiting for but — as is often the case with Facebook — there are some none-too-subtle privacy consequences. The ACLU of Northern California has a […]

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Image by mark_am_kramer via Flickr The trendy new meme among the internet intelligentsia is that it’s time to delete your Facebook account. Granted, Facebook doesn’t make it easy to do so, but conventional wisdom now holds that it’s better to go through the ordeal of deletion than leave your data in Facebook’s nefarious hands. Unfortunately, […]

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Image by dullhunk via Flickr There are a number of competing opinions about Facebook’s new Open Graph Protocol. On the one hand, it’s a giant step towards the Semantic Web that Tim Berners-Lee predicted and desired two decades ago. On the other hand, it’s another play for making all your data a proprietary asset. The […]

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