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    NPR: New Networks Target Discomfort With Facebook

    NPR reports on concerns with and a possible alternative to social-networking site Facebook, which has faced much criticism over its privacy policies:

    As Facebook grows, so does the number of disgruntled users. Howard Rheingold, a visiting professor who teaches a social-media class at Stanford University, said he’s noticed growing discomfort among his students.

    “When the first class began to not get into their graduate school or not get jobs because of their drunken Facebook pictures, people began to change their norms,” Rheingold says. […]

    Stephanie Parker, another Stanford student, doesn’t like that Facebook defaults to sharing everything with everyone. She said her mom doesn’t need to know about last night’s dorm party. […]

    Another student in the social-media class, Shuqiao Song, says she’s getting nervous about how much information Facebook has about her. […]

    So far, these fears don’t appear to be cutting into Facebook’s growth. One out of 4 page views online is on Facebook. Organized protest campaigns haven’t enticed many people to shut down their accounts. […] co-founder Leo Shimizu says his site lets users post real-time public updates to friends and strangers, but it also has very tight privacy controls.

    “So, if Facebook is about replicating your real-world social graph and connecting you to people, what we’re about is replicating your real-world privacy graph,” Shimizu says. has what Shimizu calls channels. Users can set up completely closed groups for sharing postings, photos or videos that your mom doesn’t have to see.

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