Tag: survey

Shocker: 30% of People Submit False Info to Social Networks

According to Kristen Nicole:

A recent study done by London-based emedia reveals that nearly two thirds of social networking users are worried about the safety of their personal data on these sites. About 31% of those surveyed have used false information about themselves to protect their identity.

The real shocker’s going to come when we find out the other 69% were lying to the surveyors.

Minnesota Republicans need a privacy policy

According to Thinkprogress.org, the Minnesota Republican party distributed CDs containing a survey on social issues, and the participants’ results were sent to a remote server for tallying.

Digg called it Sony-like, but it doesn’t sound like a rootkit (link compliments of Techdirt). What it sounds like is taking advantage of gullible computer users. A survey, on a CD, with no EULA or Privacy Policy? Hmmh.

People fill out surveys and online polls so they can see the results of others. It is a curiosity thing. To expect a survey not to gather results, is well, just plain stupid. For those interested, Publicradio.org has a blow by blow of the survey’s contents.

Folks can call this what they want – Sony-like, a privacy invasion, spyware, whatever. I am going to classify the whole thing as “dumbware.”

No Tolerance Here

The Pew Internet & American Life Project did a study on email and spam and came up with some interesting, if not strange conclusions. Fewer Americans mistrusted email as a result of spam, and fewer said they spent less time on email as a result of spam. The Pew study concluded Americans are becoming more tolerant of spam.

Spamroll has a few thoughts on this matter.

College students reject mobile spam advances

People across the technology landscape have been correct in the assumption that if people never purchaed products from spammers, there would be no economic incentive to spam. It is a solic theory, and I agree.

In what might be good news for the burgeoning mobile spam phenom (if it indeed exists), it seems the potentially hardest core users of mobile services are rejecting spammers advances.