I love NERDS! Especially nerds that want to take on huge corporations David and Goliath style! Facebook makes us think that sharing with each other and privacy invasion/surveillance go hand in hand. But, they don’t. There is always an alternative; especially when you care. These aspiring young minds got together and made a network (in only a few weeks) that allows users to have the utility of social networking without the covert BIG BROTHER/data-collection tactics. Now, that’s wassup!
1)Put power back in the hands of the people.
2) Give them options that don’t involve corporate structures.
3) Make it available at no-cost?
Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook
Published: May 11, 2010
How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?
A few months back, four geeky college students, living on pizza in a computer lab downtown on Mercer Street, decided to build a social network that wouldn’t force people to surrender their privacy to a big business. It would take three or four months to write the code, and they would need a few thousand dollars each to live on.
They gave themselves 39 days to raise $10,000, using an online site, Kickstarter, that helps creative people find support.
It turned out that just about all they had to do was whisper their plans.
“We were shocked,” said one of the four, Dan Grippi, 21. “For some strange reason, everyone just agreed with this whole privacy thing.”