The CIA’s invention of Facebook has saved the government millions of dollars.

CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs

via The Onion

Category: Humor, Weekend

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4 Responses to “CIA’s ‘Facebook’ Program Dramatically Cut Agency’s Costs”

  1. HelicopterBen says:

    Hey. What about Google (Keyhole)? Youtube? Tweeter?

  2. Jojo says:

    This is more real than many people would want to acknowledge! I bet if you correlate the spy agencies warrant requests against the rise of social networking sites, you will see a lot less requests for search warrants. And remember, the FBI/CIA probably have a backdoor to bypass any privacy settings you set.

    This is interesting:
    Would you ‘friend’ a total stranger?
    Posted: Tuesday, March 22 2011 at 09:00 am CT by Bob Sullivan

    What’s the best way for a hacker to attack Facebook users? A new survey shows an old-fashioned method works pretty well. One out of every five male social network users admits they’ll accept any friend request that comes from a woman — even if that woman is a complete stranger.


  3. Greg0658 says:

    from another thread by MEH … do you traders thwart cookie watching (worse) program buy/stops/sell looksies ? Like I think it matters with HFT.

  4. sh says:


    Wrote this article a few weaks back about why there are issues with social netoworks in China, I will paste it below rather than link yu to my blog. I spent 3 plus years in China, been to a lot of places, understand it pretty well. Not sure if you have this view, but I think it is relevant. Cheers, keep up the good work:


    I want to state my theory, which I think may hold some wieght, relative to China denying access to social networking websites such as Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I believe it is possible that access is being denied in order to let domestic Chinese companies have the opportunity to develop and have the potential to compete both domestically and globally.

    Think about it from the perspective that if Youtube, Facebook and Twitter could push into the market, throw a bunch of resources at it and grab a stronghold, it would leave Chinese competitors in a difficult position from the get go.

    Here is the Chinese Facebook, called “renren.” And the wikipedia about it.

    Here is the Chinese Twitter, called Weibo. Here is the Wikipedia about it.

    Here is the Chinese Youtube, called Youku. And here is the Wikipedia about it.

    Not to mention the amazing amounts of marketing information that such sites produce, that in itself is a touchy subject, and you would wonder how leveraged the advantage would become.

    It should be understood that the internet is just as much information about users as it is for users. I would even go as far to say that the multi billlion dollar valuations that these companies supposedly have according to their media tricks, is more about the information that the traffic provides than the traffic itself. There was a quote somewhere from Mark Zuckerberg, something to the tune of “80% of our users come back daily” (my numbers and words may be slightly off but you get the point). I think it should have been more to the tune of “80% of our users come back daily and willingly provide information to us that is essentially a marketers wet dream.”

    Again, these companies multi billion dollar valuations do not just represent traffic, these high valuations represent the information that the traffic provides. That information is quite valuable, one might even say it is a national security issue. And who holds that information, especially if the holder has a monopoly on it, is surely of some concern to someone somewhere with certain loyalties. So social networking companies and the like are denied access, maybe partially in order to control information flow, but certainly in order to ensure access to valuable information flow. You might say fair play, depending on where you are looking at your screen from.