Dis Connect.me , tagged and flagged.
The next round of social media invites has flooded into my attention. This time it is Tag.Connect.me.
A service which says;
I got tagged today which is how I knew my details were now on their website although given the amount of betas I have signed up for I am not sure that I hadnt asked to sign up at some prior date( this is not a bad thing of itself )
I was tagged “technology”, “admin” , “systems”, “digital”, “politics” and “digital”. What If I had disagreed with those tags ? What if I wanted to hide what people were saying about me on this site ? What if I wanted to opt out of being involved in the process ? There is nothing on their website that gives me that level of control.
Speaking of control what is top stop anyone from posting malicious or controversial tags ?
I have speculated in the past that there is a problem with #Hashtagging of articles and content. It is too easy to poison those tags with malicious content or associations. HashTag poisoning is simple to achieve and whilst it creates noise and spam for other listeners there is little to stop the trolls and bullies from using fake accounts to create profiles and in turn associate and ‘tag’ an individual in a harmful fashion. It is interesting to read Connect.me statement on Trust because I dont feel that the statement is reflected in my own profile settings or account control.
If Connect.Me want to make their service good, if they want to make their service useful they need to do three things immediately.
Allow a person to remove tags that have been assigned to them and to report a person for allocating malicious tags
Allow a person to opt/out .. not simply account delete but hide and remove their profile whilst remaining in control of the profile
Make it easy to control if you will appear in searches by google from that site.
Many social media sites have to ‘automatically’ include a social media profile in order to provide any value these optioned in sites remove privacy for individuals by forcing them to login and ‘claim’ their profiles and I feel that this is a level of openness too far. But I could be being cranky, what do you think ?
Thanks for reading.