Tweeters, the White House is watching

You're in the archives

Social networkers take note: "The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on
its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube
without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure
that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a
transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the
Internet," according to the Washington Times.

If you communicate with the White House, to support or oppose what the administration is doing, you go into the archives.

Here, according to the story, is what the Obama administration has in mind:

The proposal issued Aug. 21 calls for a contractor to "crawl and
archive" social-networking Web sites where the White House maintains an
official presence on seven networks: Facebook, Twitter, MySpace,
Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo and Slideshare.

The collection will include the comments, tags, graphics, audio and video posted by users who don't work for the White House.

The White House has more than 333,000 fans on Facebook, and
posts updates several times a day that draw hundreds of thousands of
comments, both positive and negative. The White House has more than 1
million followers on Twitter and more than 87,000 subscribers on
YouTube, where more than 400 videos of the president and White House
briefings are posted.

Is this scary or what?

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