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Nothing Lasts Forever

This is a video of author The Future of Reputation Daniel Solove talking about his book, the process, and what are the consequences for “being too free” on the internet. This is a long video but the first 10-15 are the most crucial which he summarizes his main points.

Pictured here is “the dog poop girl” in Korea on a subway

Pictured here is “the dog poop girl” in Korea on a subway

My Book Analysis

I decided to write my book analysis on The Future of Reputation by Daniel Solove and The Peep Diaries by Hal Niedzviecki. I noticed right from reading their summaries the major theme was privacy, and it was, but not quite the same meaning.

While the Solove’s book focused on the negative aspects of peoples lack of privacy can hurt their reputation in the future Niedzviecki’s book was merely written out of curiosity with society’s new interest learning to read about other peoples lives while reading about yours as well.

My book analysis goes into depth about the authors strengths and weaknesses throughout, their major themes, what ramifications can become of them, and what affect their topics should have on readers for their future. As I mentioned already the major cornerstone issue that is both discussed in the books is privacy and also law. Another similarity I found interesting is that they both discuss real life blogger characters. Each author blogged themselves to get a feel with what “peep culture” is all about.

I liked how each author really had a hands on learning environment about social media, this made them more credible and that you knew they were talking from experience.

In my opinion I enjoyed reading The Peep Diaries because it was written in a lighter tone that was more comedic. While The Future of Reputation was horror story after horror story like the “dog poop girl” that made me never want to be on a social media site again. This story that I did not mention in my analysis is about a Korean girl who’s dog pooped on the subway and she didn’t clean it up, which eventually ruins her life and shes known worldwide as “the dog pooped girl.”

I agreed that the feeling of wanting to feel accepted or noticed is normal. Each book talked about it as a sense of “community” because that is what every human being wants. Social media sites is the new hobby from ages 9-90 and I don’t see them going anywhere, anytime soon.

cnnhotspot: I cant say im surprised. Honestly I always kinda knew the government would be keeping tags like this on people. I do think it is a lack of privacy, but I also think that people should be aware and more careful with what they post.

Some peope can be so dumb and inappropriate with what they post and put out there for the world to see. I know Im glad that I am always very conscious and careful of what I put on my social media sites. Now reading this I will be even more conscious of what I allow to be posted. But it was very alarming the government may have the right to put a tracking device on your vehicle. Good thing I dont do anything bad and the only places I go is school and work. So if the government has nothing better to dowith their time, feel free is all I have to say.


This is by far the creepiest thing ever. I think that some part of us always knows that we’re being monitored but to realize that it is actually happening or at least trying to happen is scary. I get the reason as to why business would want to know what people are saying about their product. It is a way for them to improve. I believe the same for the government to keep an eye on terrorist threats. The idea of having someone sneak up and put a GPS on my car is crazy. Not even the government needs to know that much about me. This definitely makes me think twice before I post anything on social networks because now I know that people outside of who I want to see my post are watching them. 


Big Brother Is Watching Your Tweets… 

It started with businesses concerned about their brands. Intelligence agencies have moved into it, raising alarms among privacy advocates. And many other government agencies are just beginning to explore its potential. It is social media analytics.

Companies and government agencies alike are using tools to sweep the Internet  blogs, websites, and social media such as Facebook and Twitter feeds  to find out what people are saying about, well, just about anything. The companies are generally interested in complaints about products or looking for sales leads. Intelligence agencies are looking for, among other things, warnings about potential terrorist threats.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation posted a Request for Information last month calling on IT companies to demonstrate their ability to design software for monitoring, mapping and analyzing social media.

The RFI, posted to the government’s Federal Business Opportunities website in January, reveals the FBI’s desire for software capable of monitoring social media websites like Facebook and Twitter to provide alerts and analysis for publicly posted information. The software would require the ability to:

  • “Geo-spatially locate bad actors or groups and analyze their movements, vulnerabilities, limitations and possible adverse actions”
  • “Detect instances of deception in intent or action by bad actors”


  • “Develop pattern-of-life matrices to support law enforcement planning and enforcement operations.”

In fact, the FBI is not the only US government agency currently working to monitor online social media;

  • In October 2010 the Electronic Frontier Foundationobtained documentson social network surveillance under the Freedom of Information Act showing that the Department of Homeland Security has established a “Social Networking Monitoring Center” for the collection and analysis of online public communications.
  • Last year, the Electronic Privacy Information Center obtainedmore FOIA documentsregarding the DHS social media surveillance, showing that the department has contracted General Dynamics to monitor social networks and even the comment sections of various news websites for “media reports that reflect adversely on the US Government [or] DHS.”
  • Also last year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New Yorkissued a Request for Proposalfor “Sentiment Analysis and Social Media Monitoring” software. The request called on companies to develop software to monitor social media such as tweets, Facebook posts and YouTube comments to analyze what people are thinking and saying about the United States’ privately-owned central bank.
  • In February of last yearit was revealedthat the US Air Force had solicited “persona management software” from contractors through an FBO request. The contract called for vendors to develop software which could allow up to 50 users to manage 500 online personas, which would be created “with background , history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographacilly consistent.” The request also called for virtual private servers in specific geographic locations that could allow the social media persona to appear to be from a different part of the globe. When news of the proposal broke and several large websites began to draw attention to it, it was quickly taken offline.
  • Last July, DARPA, the Pentagon’s research project wing, announced a “Social Media in Strategic Communication” program. The announcement included language specifically calling for the ability to “influence operations” in “the environment in which [the Pentagon] operates,” meaning that it will be used to launch “countermessaging” campaigns online, supposedly to combat the spread of information harmful to the Pentagon’s interests.
  • Last month’s FBI request for information, too, crosses the line from passive monitoring into active operations. One of the desired attributes of the software that the FBI wants to develop is the ability to “predict likely developments in the situation or future actions taken by bad actors” by analyzing patterns and associations in the target’s online communications. 
  • Once envisioned as ascience-fiction scenario, America’s top law enforcement agency is now attempting to integrate pre-crime detection into their social media analysis.

Currently, according to the law, government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn’t violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway — and no reasonable expectation that the government isn’t tracking your movements. And now, our government is planning to monitor your speech and track your activities using social media analytics.  


This is the bizarre — and scary — fact that now applies to the world in which we live. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit,  recently decided the government can monitor you  virtually anytime it wants — with no need for a search warrant. And the same may very well apply to government’s monitoring your activities via social media.  Certainly, it is obvious that our government will soon have (if not already) the ability to track everything you do on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Foursquare and the like.


It is clear, that when government is provided with a tool that allows it to spy on it’s citizens, that tool is abused to the detriment of the people 100% of the time.  


So, the next time you feel like posting information to your Facebook page or your Twitter feed, know that Big Brother is will be watching.


Due too a recent article alarming and surprising news has been announced. Can anyone estimate how much facebook is worth? I knew I couldn’t but was very surprised to find out the recently facebook is announced to be worth $100 billion dollars! Just even in 2011 last year facebook’s value was recorded at a revenue of $3.7 billion dollars. That is also an 88% increase from the previous year.

The article goes into detail of how facebook was started. All by a colllege student in his dorm room. We should all be familiar with his name by now, Mark Zuckerberg. He created facebook which originally was only meant for Harvard students than branched out to other elite college and eventually now is global. That all started back in 2004, now look where facebook has gone.

Facebook is now used by businesses and corporations to help sell and promote things. Facebook has also started revolutions and helped organize protests. If it wasnted for this social media site Egypt would not have gone through their revolution because facebook was a major factor that helped the citizens of Egypt to organize and come together for rights of the people. In the article it states, “Facebook is the worlds largest social network, with more than 800 million active users around the world, and roughly 200 million in the United States, or two-thirds of the popluation.” That is incredible numbers! I just couldn’t believe that is how many facebook users there are and most of them are in the Unites States.

All with the exception of China. China does not operate facebook, China has stricter rules. But I can only imagine if China did allow facebook how many more users there would be. The article also states some interesting facts that facebook on Feb 1st of this year took its first step of becoming a publicity traded company. What does this mean? This means that in your news feeds and opening on facebook page you will be seeing a lot more advertisements. Trading of the stock is to begin by late May of this year