So the Facebook is evil editorial seems to have made the NZ newspapers. I tend not to subscribe to conspiracy theories and tend to be a bit blase about the whole privacy issue but an event this morning got me wondering.

I received an email from my wife, wondering why a happily married man was subscribing to a Facebook flirting app. Somewhat flummoxed by the question I logged into Facebook only to see that the Zoosk application had appeared on my profile.

I’ve obviously not installed the app, and it seems a little like those annoying “x has sent you a new funwall post” messages. (which always end up meaning in reality “x has posted to his/her funwall and every single one of their friends get’s send a dodgy message making them think it is a personal funwall message”.

I guess all this is a case of caveat emptor, those who utilise social networking services should expect things to get a little bit sideways from time to time – and sometimes that sideways event is a good reminder of those unintended consequences we sometimes try and forget…..

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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