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Twitter, which entered the stock market in 2013, recently bought its longtime data partner Gnip with eyes for turning its user data into revenue.
Since Zuckerberg took the company public in 2012, Facebook has been similarly ramping up its advertising efforts — running into privacy controversies along the way, including using users’ profile pictures without their permission to make the ads more relatable.
Snapchat, the picture-sharing app that automatically deletes pictures seconds after they’re sent, just added a one-on-one chat and video function similar to what Twitter and Google already have.
“People are making more intimate connections now than ever before just by chatting through a window on a screen,” Ramani Durvasula, Ph D., a Los Angeles-based psychologist at California State University, Los Angeles told Think Progress.
But what’s said one-on-one pulls back another layer, exposing what truly makes one tick — “The stressors people share, the intimacies, give insight to what people are most passionate about,” Durvasula said.
Private chats online also tell companies like Facebook how you use technology, what kinds of information you share on which platforms and with which audiences.
Almost everyone uses the Internet on the daily basis with more than 65 percent having a photo publicly posted online, according to a Pew study.
“The risk is that there is a natural reason that people do different things in different places.
You’re a different person, have different behaviors. Even if you’re very consistently presenting yourself [across the Web], you may or may not like a particular message presented on one platform or app versus the other because it doesn’t fit who you are [or what you’re doing in that space].” All of those pieces of conversations — telling a friend you went to the doctor Tuesday, where you stayed on vacation, the fight you had with your significant other — add up and paint a fuller picture of users, leading to better products and ads recommending clinics, hotels and relationship counselors, Durvasula said: “Everything you say, every character typed is being watched.
Or the data could be used to tell whether someone was in distress or needed help, he added.
But there’s a risk in trying to piece together a profile of a person based on their online habits, Chaintreau said.