Social Networking on Cells

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Many companies are competing to put social networking programs onto cellphones. This move has some interesting privacy implications since some companies will be using GPS to show your friends where you are located in real time. Not to sound paranoid, but I’m sure that it wouldn’t be difficult for government bodies to access this information without going through legal channels, by becoming your “friend” on your profile and being able to track you, just as employers gain access to Facebook profiles now. I am assuming there is a way to disable this feature and these companies are sure to respond to market demands.

It will also be interesting to see the impact this will have on sites like Facebook and Myspace. Just as, like Danah was saying while she was in class, IM is becoming obsolete for teens since texting is easier and more people are accessible, the same trend may be duplicated here.

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