***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/ ***** http://buddyzoo.com/ they were covered a short while back at slashdot - http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/14/0347236 - "AIM meets Social Network Theory" note - they already have a dbase of over 8Million unique usernames! they pitch this as a popularity test type of site for teens - which is huge and draws young teens, not grownups - and they are culling reams of data from AIM users - BUT they fail to make any sort of clear statement regarding COPPA compliance (children's online privacy and protection act, which only applies currently to USA users) and they are capturing it all on the back end for dynamic network visualization and cluster analysis any thoughts? i'd love to send these folks a message and explain exactly how and why they are socially dangerous to teens (a core of AIM usership), but would need some serious help with the SNA type language required to support such a statement. the founder is a caltech student, and i'm certain that he is not doing this with any poor intent, but also seems to disregard the fact that the site utility for 'coolness' belies its great potential for harm and invasion of privacy -dave David Carpe, Principal & Founder Clew, LLC E: [log in to unmask] W: 781.674.2539 <http://www.clew.us/>www.clew.us ***Internet Email Confidentiality Footer*** Privileged/Confidential Information may be contained in this message. If you are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for delivery of the message to such person), you may not copy or deliver this message to anyone. In such case, you should destroy this message and kindly notify the sender by reply email. Please advise immediately if you or your employer do not consent to Internet email for messages of this kind. Opinions, conclusions and other information in this message that do not relate to the official business of my firm shall be understood as neither given nor endorsed by it. _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.sfu.ca/~insna/). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.