Privacy, security and the social web

Two words are increasingly surfacing in discussions of an internet that becomes more and more social each day: ‘privacy’ and ‘security’. The reason: the
social web seems to be increasingly eroding personal privacy and introducing new
online security concerns.

Many groups believe that something needs to be done, and it appears
that governments are starting to eye action of their own. But is it too

The Blippy breach: implications for commerce

Last week, Blippy, a Twitter for purchases, created quite a stir when
it was revealed that the company had exposed the credit card numbers of
several users.

The company’s co-founder, Philip Kaplan, sought to downplay the
severity of the mistake but as more and more individuals cozy up to the
growing number of services that encourage ‘oversharing‘ of
financial-related information online, a number of parties involved with
commerce will be affected.

Blippy’s credit card breach is a reminder of how fragile social web security can be

The new trend in online sharing has been experiencing an explosion lately. Just yesterday, The New York Times did a story on the new ways that people are sharing their personal information online. But then today, it came out that one of those companies exposed some of its users’ credit card numbers to Google search.

Oops! Online purchase sharing site Blippy just closed a $11.6 million round of funding. And it’s a good thing it did, because the company is going to continue getting a lot of flack for this for a long time.

Blippy tries to turn shopping into status updates

When Twitter launched, it asked users a simple question: what are you doing? Blippy, a new startup co-founded by Philip Kaplan of F*cked Company fame, asks an equally simple question: what are you buying?

A bevy of high-profile investors, including Twitter co-founders and CEO Ev Williams, are betting that internet users won’t be able to resist answering Blippy’s question. They’ve funded the company to the tune of $1.6m.