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April 30, 2008

Your MySpace page

I started to log in to MySpace this morning and was greeted half way through the process with a new "search your webmail contacts list for matching MySpace friends" feature. My main MySpace presence is linked in the sidebar here so no problems as this feature applies to me. But I think the new feature, while fun and interesting, is also a totally unreasonable violation of an expectation of privacy; if not, presumably, of the MySpace terms of use. I am now imagining there are a lot of people out there about to wake up in to a new world this morning, people who set up a MySpace page under an assumed name - for whatever reason - with the thought their webmail address would never connect them to it publicly. They are about to discover otherwise.

This includes at least one blogosphere celebrity; people can work that one out for themselves. Also fascinating were MySpace pages by two ex-girlfriends of the Flea. On the plus side I found a MySpace page I set up several years ago, never used, subsequently forgot and as of this morning deleted; about a dozen people on my Gmail contacts appear to have done the same, minus the "deleted" step.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at April 30, 2008 05:39 AM



Posted by: agent bedhead [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 30, 2008 11:46 AM

Yep. This could be a serious problem for the not terribly internet savvy.

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 30, 2008 03:31 PM