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"We are using this (Facebook) as a crime-fighting tool. It's becoming pretty common," said Indiana Police Chief William Sutton, warning that people should be careful about what they post on social networking Web sites.
Quote from : Wikipedia : Facebook
Facebook is a social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.
Users can add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.
Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, and school or college.
The website's name stems from the colloquial name of books given at the start of the academic year by university administrations with the intention of helping students to get to know each other better.
Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with his college roommates and fellow computer science students Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University.
The website's membership was initially limited by the founders to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University.
It later expanded further to include (potentially) any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over.
The website currently has more than 350 million active users worldwide.
Facebook has met with some controversy.
It has been blocked intermittently in several countries including Syria, China Vietnam, and Iran.
It has also been banned at many places of work to discourage employees from wasting time using the service.
Privacy has also been an issue, and it has been compromised several times.
Facebook settled a lawsuit regarding claims over source code and intellectual property.
The site has also been involved in controversy over the sale of fans and friends.
A January 2009 Compete.com study ranked Facebook as the most used social network by worldwide monthly active users, followed by MySpace.
There has recently been reports of Facebook proposing an initial public offering (IPO), i.e. issue equity shares in the form of stock to investors.
However, Zuckerberg stresses that it will not be for a few more years, and the company is in no need of additional capital.
Also, some analysts fear the Facebook IPO might be a particularly weak one.
Amazon Review :
George Orwell envisioned Big Brother as an outgrowth of a looming totalitarian state, but in this timely survey Robert O'Harrow Jr. portrays a surveillance society that's less centralized and more a joint public/private venture.
Indeed, the most frightening aspect of the Washington Post reporter's thoroughly researched and naggingly disquieting chronicle lies in the matter-of-fact nature of information hunters and gatherers and the insatiable systems they've concocted.
Here is a world where data is gathered by relatively unheralded organizations that smooth the way for commercial entities to find the good customers and avoid dicey ones.
Government of course too has an interest in the data that's been mined.
Information is power, especially when trying to find the bad guys.
The mutually compatible skills and needs shared by private and public snoopers were fusing prior to the attacks of 9/11, but the process has since gone into hyperdrive.
O'Harrow weaves together vignettes to record the development of the "security-industrial complex," taking pains to personalize his chronicle of a movement that's remained (perhaps purposefully) faceless.
Recognizing the appeal of state-of-the-art systems that can track down a murderer/rapist with heretofore unimaginable speed, the author recognizes, too, that the same devices can mistakenly destroy reputations and cast a pall over a free society.
In a post-9/11 world where homeland security often trumps personal liberty, this work is an eye-opener for those who take their privacy for granted.