Do u need more socialmedia apps?

Another socialmedia hangout app (if u got ios) is clubhouse. Basically facebook for audio where u can hangout and talk to people if invited. But do we need or want more social media in our lifes?

And do we want to give more information to techcompanies especially with unclear privacy policies. Clubhouse also want u to upload ur contacts to there servers with apparently there backend in China.

In the end i guess the question is are socialmedia fun anymore?

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  • dogwomble

    March 1, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    I think what concerns me at the moment is that they have not been launched yet, but there are already reports of data spillage of audio feeds as well as certain information that should be encrypted going over the wire in plain text: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56163623
    Any site can have security issues so that in itself is not an issue, though it is concerning that it was discovered so early and are arguably very trivial things to get wrong Doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence….

  • qwerty

    March 3, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    Yah – i always wonder where my data ends up on an app and how they manage the backendservers which tend to be last prioritized then they make IT budgets.

  • dogwomble

    March 4, 2021 at 11:03 pm

    Well I have mixed feelings about it in general. These sites have to be paid for somehow, and users are typically unwilling to shell out much in the way of money to use them. In saying that, some of the tracking that some of the networks do is very pervasive – I seem to recall Facebook getting in a bit of hot water for tracking the activity of people who weren’t Facebook users via websites that had Facebook tracking enabled.

    On a very tentatively linked related note though, I do think the way people try and bring people’s attention to this is not brilliant. I remember a lot of people jumping up and down about the data being collected via Windows 10 when it was first released. Which is not necessarily a bad point to make … except they were frequently doing it from their smartphone on social media. It screamed more of jumping on a bandwagon because that’s what the cool kids were doing rather than trying to initiate some sensible discussion on privacy. Microsoft I’m sure do some … but so does social media, your bank, any business you have any sort of loyalty card with, your insurance company, in fact most businesses you deal with are doing it to some degree. Jumping on a bandwagon is not going to solve the problem of how pervasive the tracking is.

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