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Adding a data use disclaimer for social media sites

Thinking a little bit about responsible backfeeding, spurred by Derek Powazek‘s question here:

I tried adding a little data use disclaimer to my profile on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram indicating that responses there would be backfed to my personal site. My Twitter bio, usually reserved for Smiths lyrics, now reads:

heads up: @-replies, favorites, and RTs are backfed to my personal site thanks to Brid.gy

Now I’m wondering what a data use disclaimer on a social media site should really say. Maybe something along the lines of:

Responses will be aggregated and sold to marketers who use your demographic information and behavioral patterns to more effectively advertise to you. Responses may be altered or hidden for science experiments being conducted on you. Responses that are offensive or abusive will generally be ignored, along with reports of said Responses, if you can even find your way through the draconian maze of forms and personal information required to file such a report. Receivers of Responses of this nature are requested to suck it up.

I think that might be over the character limit.

# privacy silos bridgy

Hi Kyle,

It's nice to think about what a disclaimer should look like for services that are backing-up/syndicating content from social networking sites. And comparing that disclaimer to the current situation is a useful reminder. It's great to be conscious of the potential privacy advantages but just generally the privacy implications of decentralized technologies like the Web.

Is there an etiquette about when it's fine and when it's not to publish a copy of someone's Twitter post? We may develop one, but in the meantime, I think that when someone has specifically replied to your post, it's in context to keep a copy of that post.


P.S. This is clearly mostly just a test of the webmention-sending code that I've added to this Bcc blog, but I wanted to say bravo anyway, and why not use a test post to say bravo?