This was probably one of the most animated workshops throughout the two days of conference. Perceptions and opinions of online social media are very divergent. Some say it's a matter of personal choice if you want to become a member of an online networking site, others say it's not - it's also or mostly a social pressure. Apart from the 'networking role' that everybody agrees is an added value, my overall impression was that there was a tendency to vilify social networks. And maybe rightly so. I quite agree with the remark that these services did not know where they were going when they were created and therefore their terms and conditions illustrate that. You can't really make head or tail of what they are trying to say. Someone also said that what the social networks do is actually illegal in most countries around Europe. THAT I find interesting. Is the European legal system so blind? Or maybe just tolerant?
It was obvious that one of the problems was the respect of privacy of others, for example posting photos of others. The internet is equated with public space, so you might not want your life to be made public. On the other hand, other people did not consider that to be a problem, so we are dealing with different perceptions or levels of privacy.