We almost took on this problem at the last day of BUS 74 this summer, but the class chose a different subject for the invention session. Too bad...
Besides Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn, other companies are getting into the data-scraping game.
Janrain’s social login works as more than just a registration tool. The company also offers a suite of back-end services for harvesting and utilizing user data.
“Janrain Capture” scrapes and stores profile data in the cloud and allows companies to share social profiles across select web properties and partner sites.
The title of this post refers to "The Bear and the Gardener", a fable by Jean de La Fontaine, which according to Wiki "warns against making foolish friendships."
The moral of the story is expressed in its last two lines:
I guess certain negative side effects of social networking were well understood way before Google, Facebook, and Janrain.