Friday, July 02, 2010

Book Review - The Facebook Effect - By David Kirkpatrick - NYTimes.com

Concluding paragraphs

Not long from now, Facebook will be a frighteningly centralized database containing the information of about a half-billion people. Its advertisers already use this data (“You can show your ad only to married women aged 35 and up who live in northern Ohio,” Kirkpatrick notes), but apart from that, nobody can predict what the company will do with our information.

Despite its foibles, “The Facebook Effect” leaves you with a deep under­standing of Facebook, its philosophies and, most startlingly, its power. You come away with a creepy new awareness of how a directory of college students is fast becoming a directory of all humanity — one that’s in the hands of a somewhat strange 26-year-old wearing a T-shirt and rubber Adidas sandals.

Book Review - The Facebook Effect - By David Kirkpatrick - NYTimes.com

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