sketch wrote:If you want programs that benefit everyone without a profit motive behind them, maybe you should consider voting socialist.
Gang, there are different approaches to making a profit, capitalism doesn't mean squeezing everything you can out of everyone you can, and calling a situation where everybody wins socialism is just displaying ignorance. The Waze business model as I understood it was originally to give people something they wanted (good congestion avoidance) in trade for up-to-the-second congestion reporting, which could then be sold to others. Everybody profits. That changed as the user base changed, so that the map itself became more significant, they dabbled in other things they could monetize and even started selling advertising on the map, but congestion avoidance was still primary, and the deal you make with Waze was clear. The Facebook business model on the other hand started out as selling advertising and became confused and ad hoc. They've said they make it up as they go along. The trade you make with them is never clearly defined, but it certainly involves their allowing access to personal information that you may not have agreed to spread. Regardless of what FB says, their system leaks, a lot, and they are dangerous to privacy. This leakage can be controlled where you use a web browser to interact with them, but it cannot be controlled if you are constantly feeding information about yourself to them from a phone app.