Only Me World: A Network That Promises Social Media Privacy

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Go to OnlyMeWorld.com and on the top banner you will see three promises that could differentiate this social network from the others: no data mining; no web tracking; and no facial recognition.

We know that Facebook and Klout have been tracking both users and non-users; and Facebook, as well as LinkedIn, and other networks, have gotten a lot of flak from privacy advocates about data mining, facial recognition and a plethora of other violations. Other social networks both big and small – think everything from Google + to Diaspora to Unthink – have made a effort to combat these privacy issues that are so prevalent at the core of social networking. Can OnlyMeWorld be any different?

According to a recent press release, yes: “OnlyMeWorld is the only safe alternative to Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Linkedin.” In the company’s privacy policy it declares that is the social network for any individual who places value on principles of privacy, anonymity and protection against cyber crime.

But how does OnlyMeWorld plan to bring its users these promises. It claims that will use one simple principle and no convulated privacy settings: “The obvious solution to address these problems involving privacy, anonymity and cyber crime is simple; no real names, and no email addresses.”

In an interview with TechNewDaily.com, the President of OnlyMeWorld, Carlson Yamamoto, said that there is a reason why these other networks, like Unthink and Diaspora, have not worked. He claims that these sites “talk about privacy, but they only talk about what you don’t want other users to see.” Yamamoto poignantly notes that even though other users can’t gather your data, it is still in the system.

That is why the Hawaii-based OnlyMeWorld is completely clean of cookies. Also since the site doesn’t collect your e-mail address, there is no personal data of any user stored in the site’s backend.  Yamamoto explained that this type of information that is normally collected – be it for advertisers or marketing purposes – is a hacker’s dream and it could lead to severe damage if tapped into: identity theft, phishing attacks, etc. However, since their is no true data on OnlyMeWorld, he states, “A cyber criminal could hack our system 24/7 and there’s nothing they can do” simply because there is nothing worth stealing in the first place.

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Jillian Ryan

Jillian Ryan is PRIVATE WiFi's Director, Brand Communications and Social Strategy. With a passion for writing, the web, and fast-paced information exchanged via social networks, Jillian is also concerned about the ramifications of putting your life details and personal data into cyberspace. Follow her on Twitter: @Writing_Jillian.