For some years now I have held the opinion that privacy on the Internet is a joke, but if these last few years have shown me anything it is that most computer users—especially those under 30—really don’t expect their Web activities to be private. 

Most social networking users I know will gladly put their private selves out there in return for the thrill of knowing what friends, family and strangers are doing at a particular moment. This situation has gone beyond giving up privacy to the point where privacy has taken its place alongside other quaint notions of a bygone era, like marital fidelity. Not only do some users not bemoan their lack of privacy; they seem to revel in it. Any of you who have Facebook or Twitter accounts (myself included) can probably attest to this reality. 

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