Recently at the Le Web – an Internet event in Europe, Google guru, Eric Schmidt spoke about the future being social, local and mobile. What does this mean? More Facebook? More smartphone apps? More Foursquare?

The Wall Street Journal brought this news to our attention in their article titled, “At Le Web, Visions of Not-So-Social Future.” Not everyone wants to be social. Even the hardcore “let it all hang out” has some reservations about privacy when it comes to identity theft or fraud. This concern for privacy makes for great business. There are a variety of mobile apps and software programs designed to protect the user’s identity and proprietary information. Giants like Facebook and Google of course, are in the market of sharing that information. Maybe in the future, we can share and still retain some level of privacy and security.

Melody K. Smith

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