Google and Facebook are beginning to get a little stink on them due to all this privacy talk in the press and social web. It’s like a drum beat. The latest chatter is about the ability for geo-tagged personal photos be crawled and shared on the web without permission, thanks a to some hacks, apps and data scavenging. It is also happening on Apple iPhones (according to today’s NYT) but Apple’s privacy rep is too strong, and they will do something about quickly.
As Facebook and Google stay reactive to this type of thing, rather than be proactive or preemptive, their images stain. Blackberry, on the other hand, focuses on privacy; its geo-tagging photo app is a bit more transparent (Do I smell an ad?).
Priv-acy (love the Brits) is topical because it is a very human value. The social web is helping us realize privacy is over-rated and that’s pretty that’s cool but it’s still something we need to control and protect. If the target of this privay news was Microsoft the market would go ballistic. Because it’s Google, not so much. But they (and Facebook) had better clean the smelly stuff off their sneakers quickly. Peace!