Death to Automatic Sharing, Says WashU Professor

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Everybody has at least one friend who wants to make sure your Facebook timeline doesn’t miss a single article they’ve read, song they’ve streamed or link they’ve clicked on. And that behavior is part of the business model many social media entrepreneurs rely on.

But they may have to find a new business model soon, according to a short essay in the upcoming special UK edition of Wired Magazine.

Neil Richards, a professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis who specializes in technology and civil liberties, argues that auto-sharing apps such as the social readers used by some newspapers and media companies like the Washington Post are on the way out. Ditto for updates about what your friends are listening to on Spotify or the videos they’re watching on SocialCam.

Richards cites numbers from AppData.com which shows that users are growing tired of social reading apps and predicts that they’re demise “will accelerate in 2013.”

Read more on St. Louis Business Journal.


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