The NSA is apparently watching social networks, since we’ve obviously overlooked the imminent danger posed by teenage girls plotting terrorism attacks:
Meanwhile, the NSA is pursuing its plans to tap the web, since phone logs have limited scope. They can only be used to build a very basic picture of someone’s contact network, a process sometimes called “connecting the dots”. Clusters of people in highly connected groups become apparent, as do people with few connections who appear to be the intermediaries between such groups. The idea is to see by how many links or “degrees” separate people from, say, a member of a blacklisted organisation.
By adding online social networking data to its phone analyses, the NSA could connect people at deeper levels, through shared activities, such as taking flying lessons. Typically, online social networking sites ask members to enter details of their immediate and extended circles of friends, whose blogs they might follow. People often list other facets of their personality including political, sexual, entertainment, media and sporting preferences too.
Funny enough, Tom is their only friend. Does anyone really think that the NSA is going to be thwarting terrorism attacks using this new approach (HI HI, PLZ ADD ME 2 UR WATCHLIST, KTHX!)? Maybe they just need more friends, like Usama Bin Laden.