Obama will tap into Twitter, Facebook
Paranoid much? (Or am I not paranoid enough?) The idea that Obama might want to "track" people through Facebook and Twitter seems an overblown fear. What would he be looking for, and why would the administration not have better things to do with their time? Is this innocuous rumor, or are there grounds for concern? Might this not be only used in the case of well-founded suspicion of criminal or terrorist activity, as in the case of police and FBI? This is the crux of the story:
The White House is hiring a contractor to harvest information about Americans from its pages on social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
The National Legal and Policy Center, or NLPC, revealed the White House New Media team is seeking to hire a technology vendor to collect data such as comments, tag lines, e-mail, audio and video from any place where the White House "maintains a presence" – for a period of up to eight years.
"The contractor shall provide the necessary services to capture, store, extract to approved formats, and transfer content published by EOP (Executive Office of the President) on publicly-accessible web sites, along with information posted by non-EOP persons on publicly-accessible web sites where the EOP offices under PRA (Presidential Records Act) maintains a presence," the posting states.