Rethinking data portability
At first I thought the danger posed by open access to social networks involved a fresh flood of pictures of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, which the world just does not need, but there are more serious issues involved.
Thomas: "This points to a flaw in the notion of data portability, a movement which seeks to have personal information shared between social networks and other websites. Data portability was borne out of a wrongheaded assumption: That data needs to be shared. Most consumers, I believe, aren't particularly interested in the concept; they belong to a few social networks at most, and don't find managing their online personas to be a particular challenge. The technophiles of Silicon Valley, however, join every network they hear about, and find retyping their personal information and manually adding friends maddeningly inefficient."