What happens when we leave our Facebook, Twitter or even LinkedIn signed in? Someone will eventually spot it, and lunge at the chance of writing a “funny” status just for you. Now of course it’ll sound nothing like you and is completely out of pattern from all your other updates, so you get a little mad and all your friends on Facebook might go along with the joke and eventually it’ll die off, teaching you a lesson for next time!
Social media is one of those things that is a part of our lives and displays the person we want the internet to see. So would you trust an automated bot to reply to your messages for you? No? How would it even know how to respond? It’ll sound like a robot right?
Well recently it popped into someone’s head at Google that people have little time to do anything nowadays so why not create something that’ll post for them? It sounds like an implausible idea but Google has filed for a patent on automated status updates to other social networks which is now making this idea that little bit plausible.
By doing this ‘Google’s proposal is to use log-in credentials from other services to harvest a wide array of information’ according to Gigaom. So basically they’ll be scanning through previous messages, e-mails, other social networks and even our SMS to create and suggest an automatic answer.
Of course this is going to spark privacy concerns like how they’ll go through your personal information which for most people is in their electronic devices, but what about your identity and how it will make you come across to everyone, in the past you could have had completely different opinions on an event and you changed that opinion recently and you haven’t written about it on any device. Or even worse what if it automatically reply’s to a post from a person or relative you don’t like, (I know social media should mainly be friends but let’s be honest with ourselves, we totally look though pages of people we don’t agree with every now and then).
An interesting concern mentioned by Nick Pickles to the Dailymail.com.uk was:
‘That sort of data is valuable to both governments and companies, so I’m extremely concerned about any technology that purports to offer convenience while in reality exposing more of our private communications to prying eyes.’
I can see this working for bigger corporation’s social media as a way to reply to the millions of questions and concerns thrown to them by their follower’s but I can’t see it going any further into personal lives.
In the end it might not ever be allow to be utilised because of all the issues attached to it are too great, but when has that ever stopped someone before?