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of dealing with web 2.0 the White
House Memo released on April 7, 2010 about social media specifically states
that "interactive meeting tools-including but not limited to public conference
calls, webinars, blogs, discussion boards, forums, message boards, chat
sessions, social networks, and online communities-to be equivalent to in-person
public meetings." The White House Memo is a follow-up
to President Obama's January 21, 2009 (day after the President was
sworn-in) "calling for the establishment of 'a system of transparency, public
participation, and collaboration.'" Fascinating development that blogs,
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, MySpace, Yelp, and the like are public meetings
which means that one should expect little privacy from use of these online
of Government Agencies Use Social Networks
states that a majority
of government agencies now use social networks is hardly a news flash, but
put in context of the White House's Memo that use of social networks are public
meetings may change the public view of how they communicate. Of the 400+
million Facebook members of an estimated 70% are outside the US, and one
may wonder how communications across international borders impacts the
declaration that social media is public meetings.
and the Business of Extortion 2.0
filed class action suit
accuses Yelp of extortion to get back comments removed from Yelp and lower
rankings by reviewers. It remains to be seen whether this case will succeed,
but if Yelp is considered a public meeting by the White House it makes one wonder
how extortion fits in. Not to mention that the 50
million a day of tweets on Twitter are considered public meetings, even though
at least 14,000 are followers of a Doonesbury's cartoon character Roland
Hedley! Web 2.0 is definitely taking us in interesting directions!