Monday, December 3, 2007

Rethinking Facebook

I think we should rethink using Facebook anywhere. As a public entity that is committed to protecting our customers' privacy any public library should be very careful about endorsing and using a resource provided by a private entity that is less interested in privacy than in making a profit. Facebook's recent bad press might give customers' pause if we were using Facebook even if we did explicit state that any information gathered by Facebook is the property of Facebook. I know that our Terms of Use already address this issue, but I still think it's a slippery slope if we are using the Internet resource for a program or service (like a online reading group) that is endorsed by the Queens Library.

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