Food for thought: some legal considerations when developing social media products

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By Bradley J. WalzCode

It’s obvious that social media is here to stay as people are rapidly giving and receiving information about everything from companies to products to people. If you are developing social media applications that facilitate this form of interaction (to one degree or another), there’s some practical protections to consider.

Social media has been defined as a group of Internet-based applications that build on the ideological and technological foundations of Web 2.0, and that allow the creation and exchange of user-generated content.  This is not to be confused with social networking which is a social structure made of individuals (or organizations) aka “nodes” that are connected by one or more specific types of common interest-although the two often go hand in hand.

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