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Conflict with Privacy is Unnecessary

by Santosh

There’s plenty of headroom for social networks to grow without conflicting with the end-users need to privacy. If you think about first principles that underly how we interact in the real world, social networks needn’t have attempted to kill privacy, or bring privacy management online. They really should’ve obviated the need to explicitly manage privacy.

Once a conversation is set up, it determines who gets to listen in. Topics ought to enhance second-order visibility.

Networks that’ve set their default conversation to broadcast to all friends, or followers, or the world, appear to start that way… As individual networks grow, noise goes up. Later, lists are added in an attempt to dial up the signal. This includes facebooks’ lists (friend, close friends, public, friends except acquaintances) and G+’s circles.

Of the three, twitter encourages the better model. For conversations that are public by default, users can choose to directly address others. For a private conversation, users must switch modes to DM. In contrast, the way lists have been implemented on other networks implies that by attaching a conversation to a list, or by limiting the visibility of the post, it enhances participation. This is not true in practice.

If you imply that a user must pause and think when she shares – that right there is the battle lost.

It’s easy to understand why a new network, such as instagram, or medium would skip attempting to satisfy privacy needs altogether.

What was your last hyperlocal conversation?

by Anjali Gupta

As we go about our daily lives we all come across stuff that others may find useful or interesting. This hyperlocal information may range from a small local activity to a great find on the TV or even a rare opinion on a current topic. The way I look at it, if you think you’re witnessing something that holds relevance beyond your family and friends, it’s hyperlocal!

For example, here’s a peek at my last three hyperlocal conversations.

As I am writing this post, Ishan Sharma takes the wicket of Matthew Hayden in India’s ongoing Adelaide test match against Australia. This event instantly became the subject of conversation. (Relevance: india wide)

After TATA’s Nano for the masses, there’s now a laptop for the masses – HCL’s MiLeap at a price of Rs. 13,990. I hear it’s available at the local Croma electronics store in Pune. Do you think it will gain traction? (Relevance: india wide and local)

The Save Pune Traffic Movement (yahoo group: sptm-sunrise) has started an experiment with the Kothrud Traffic Police. They need volunteers to hold a “follow all rules” sign at Athavale Chowk near Nal Stop from 8:30 am to 8:45 am, for a week or so. My mother reports that last weekend the SPTM volunteers along with the police caught close to 150 violators over 2 hours! (Relevance: traffic fearing residents of Pune)

Well, that’s from me on one Saturday morning.

If you’re stopping by this page, give us a peek at your last hyperlocal conversation.

Cheers to the era of an hyperlocal Web!