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Spying around

I have always been concerned about my Facebook or Twitter profile security. No, of course I understand that the only way to keep them private is not to register at all. Our world doesn't leave such an option for us, however: we all want to be trendy and, what is more important, popular… So lots of people start writing blogs (ooops, what am I doing now?), or constantly updating their profiles to make them more interesting and to attract visitors. So, British… hah, no, American scientists decided to benefit from this mass obsession. They took a number (a great, a tremendous number) of tweets and studied them to find out how the mood of a person differs subject to the time,day of the week and season (paper). At first glance, the idea made me furious: how could they read all of those thoughts and secrets of others? But then… I thought, privacy doesn't matter when your only goal is to be famous.

By the way, the results of the study can be found as diagrams here.


Comments (3)

Insglas Insglas # 0 Up Down

You know, I'm an old privacy freak, so my only reaction to this research can be HATEHATEHATE!!!111

tauri tauri # 0 Up Down

But in any case, the results of the research are quite amusing, aren't they? Given you're so privacy-concerned, the study couldn't have included your own posts, so you needn't worry, just enjoy ;)

Insglas Insglas # 0 Up Down

Anyway, you can't deny the IT-companies can get almost any information about us they want: almost everything is stored nowadays on the Web. The hiccup is that we do want to be popular on the Web, but many of us want to be it only on the Web, strictly setting apart their Internet and real-world identities. Nevertheless, the IT-industry leaves us no chances to do it, because it needs the most accurate personal details of ours they can lay their hands on, in order to tune up their ad services in the most precise way possible. That's how they sacrifice my privacy to the mammon.

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