The theme of the first month of 2012 in the social world has largely involved privacy and ethics – something we aren’t quite used to here in the social space. Is this a sign of a lasting trend? I think so. In the past, we’ve just been all about new networks and getting our message – both personally and professionally – on as many channels as possible. Many experts, though, are saying that 2012 is going to be a year of scaling back that attitude and thinking through the implications of our world being inherently more social. Quite interesting!
- This article from Brian Solis over 4 years old – but it’s fantastic nonetheless. It gets at the heart of social media. (Click here)
- Google has updated its Terms of Service – and will start sharing your information between all your accounts. For instance, watching a Toyota video on YouTube will lead to a Toyota ad in your Gmail. People aren’t too thrilled about this update, as there is no opt-out other than shutting down your accounts. (Click here)
- Apple continues to make news, but not in positive ways. They’ve come under fire for their manufacturing suppliers in Asia and running into subpar working conditions. (Click here)
- We are seeing social media playing an increasingly important role in politics, whether it’s Republican primaries or SOPA protests. (Click here)
- This skit below was on Saturday Night Live a couple weeks ago. It is certainly funny, but it also speaks volumes about what the social world can do to us.
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