Facebook & Twitter Stalking: Court Orders May Apply!

You think life could never get more complicated then you read a news headline that goes something like this: Stalkers could be banned from Facebook and Twitter in major crackdown on harassment. In other words, there are talks about applying certain existing laws to limit stalkers from targeting their victims through social networking sites.

The Threat is Huge!

“Stalking is pernicious and can affect anyone regardless of their walk of life. It has a devastating impact on the lives of those who become victims.” Nazir Afzal, the CPS community liaison director responsible for stalking and harassment crimes.

Apparently, and after the many threats which seem to be brought to us by social media, someone put there foot down and said: The law must be applied to those virtual yet living networks! Prosecutors should issue restraining orders that “meet the particular risks presented in each case” and there “should not be a repetition of routine clauses”.

What’s Next For Social Media? — Future of the Web

When social networking started to go mainstream, it seemed like it will go down the same path that search engine went after their juvenile phase. It seemed that Facebook will be the new Google of social networking and it will define what social media is and which direction it will head in.

But the market of social networking sites proved to be far more liberal. We had many niche sites and even competitors for Facebook in the form of Twitter, LinkedIn and the many other services that co-exist with Facebook and shape what social networking is today.

This nature of the market allowed for more room for innovation, complimenting or integrating with existing services rather than trying to reinvent the wheel, and a healthy environment where risk takers and start-ups can blossom.

Fragmentation

Where will you go?

Social media is currently a one-size-fit-all space in which people of all walks and interests share this space. Soon enough, with the advent of more customizable and private Social networks, people will start fragmenting while still wanting to maintain the public connection. Activists, obsessive hobbyists, and the like would favor the space where they can free front their identities and discuss their interests with like minded people. This will open the space for more secluded and niche social networks to spring up on platforms like Ning and grou.ps.

Introverts On The Web – The Virtual People

With the plethora of social networking sites it is interesting to see how people behave on those sites. People seem to be different online than what they are in real life. So it was interesting to read a study that looked into the personalities of people who use twitter and contrasted their personality type’s prevalence on Twitter with their prevalence in real life. It came as a no surprise to me at all that the study found out that introverted personalities were over-represented on the social networking site.

Lebanon’s Civil Marriage Not Civil War — Social Media in Action!

“Civil marriage, not civil war” was among the banners carried by the mostly young, educated protesters who gathered in response to a campaign on Internet social networking sites. It was Lebanon’s first such demonstration in favor of secularism.

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