June 5, 2012

Facebook Explores Access for Younger Kids

The Wall Street Journal:

"Facebook Inc. is developing technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that could help the company tap a new pool of users for revenue but also inflame privacy concerns."

Surprised? Just wait, there's more where that came from.

When your business already reaches one-seventh of Earth's population and your new investors are looking for more growth, you have a much-reduced set of available options.

Imagine the photos these kids, who will not know a time when there wasn't a near-universal sharing mechanism at their disposal, will be posting in just a few years. It's enough to make prescient Eric Schmitd's musing about getting an online identity do-over upon reaching adulthood.