25 things the President (maybe) and I hate about Facebook

Here you go – http://juliansmithproductions.wordpress.com/2009/02/13/25-things-i-hate-about-facebook/ – just because I’m dragging my heels about Facebook over privacy concerns (an ongoing problem that is a multi-faceted issue) and the continuous headache that is social media inundation.

And now there’s this:

The official White House site used to rely on YouTube for video hosting, but now they’ve apparently switched to a generic video player, delivered by Akamai’s content delivery network.

While there’s no official explanation of this move on the site, Cnet’s Chris Soghoian speculates that it might have something to do with YouTube’s privacy policy.

Except that:
…”[T]oday the New York Time reports that the White House did not give up on YouTube; they were merely “experimenting” with a new video player. As White House spokesman Nick Shapiro put it: “As the president continues his goal of making government more accessible and transparent, this week we tested a new way of presenting the president’s weekly address by using a player developed in-house. This decision is more about better understanding our internal capabilities than it is a position on third-party solutions or a policy. The weekly address was also published in third-party video hosting communities and we will likely continue to embed videos from these services on WhiteHouse.gov in the future.”

Chris Soghoian, who did a good job researching the subject the first time, still maintains his position: that the White House shunned YouTube because of privacy concerns.

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