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Mobile Social Networking

7 December 2008 No Comment

Facebook has recently become the leading social networking application, offering a wealth of functionalities and allowing users to share both information and artifacts. Consistently with its wide-spread use, Facebook is also possibly the most studied networking application. Some privacy-related studies focus on location disclosure, while others have looked at motivations and uses. In any case, existing studies tend to focus on Facebook itself, whereas our focus is on mobile social networking in general, and in particular on the privacy issues related to mobile social networking. Facebook only interests in that it is the most popular social networking application which is also mobile, thanks to mobile phones such as iPhone, for which a specific Facebook application is available. From the point of view of mobile privacy, Facebook is a good example of the sort of virtual social environment in which or through which the complexity of mobile privacy issues is likely to manifest itself.

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