As Facebook loses ground on its battles with the FTC over user privacy settings, the world should keep in mind that it doesn’t matter, because people can still ruin their lives using Facebook regardless of privacy controls. Because they are stupid. And Facebook’s most refined technological innovation is its unprecedented ability to facilitate the digital expression of this stupidity, which can sometimes have consequences in the real world.
An email went out this morning to eighty local start-ups who had applied to be part of the New York City Job Fair. It was a rejection letter, thanking them for their time, but explaining there were only forty spots available for one hundred and twenty applicants.
Perhaps the sender intended a blind CC, but the list of recipients was open for all to see. “So we just decided, screw this, we can do our own thing,” declared Harris Goodman, VP of marketing at virtual learning startup LateNiteLabs.