I've been at it for a while now (since 1995) and I must say the internet has really changed alot since day 1. Webmasters are on a daily quest to make money and vs. truth and good conversion ratio there is a gap as I discovered. To start with I have to say that ie. Facebook is doing a great job at what they do being a social media website gathering the masses in one spot. However this presents a security risk for the users because they would think "We don't want to share our credit card informations with a company that has leaked private informations on several occasions". In my belief this could be a matter of risk management. They could and I think they will begin to use a system that may be called "Pure" or whatever they like. This system has the user informations in several layers and are rewriting/replacing essential user informations with unreal/fake info without saying it's all a hoax, I only see the geographical position as a "keep it real". Max would be Thorvald and Maxine could be Francine etc.
The truth does not need to suffer by replacing private informations to almost still real but with different name, email address, private address, phone number into a socalled "Pure profile" which won't be as pure as a real, but close. Take it as a small gift to Facebook and lets enlighten Mark a bit. Your conversion ratio on websites are fair otherwise marketing companies would leave you alone and not buy advertising spots and you'd be left with almost no sales of ad spots. It would though be nice if you could tell people that you'r considering a system that is protecting privacy and stop leaking private informations to 3rd. party compaines by selling REAL informations for marketing purpose. All it takes on every of your sale is to copy the requested data onto a secured platform and start replacing essential (this can be done automated) private informations into something that cannot identify your users as who they are in the real world. Right now this works beautifully already on your own site because of all the fake accounts - but it would be good to see it full-scale to protect users and give the internet a better reputation instead of being called a liar because you're a webmaster as we as people really hate to lie about the truth. Export data into a second version of the database and still keep Facebook a really nice experience. The users would not need to know anything else than you have secured their data and you're now selling databases tailored for marketing purposes. I think this should be fairly easy to understand for everyone. I could also say keep statistics in mind keep geo data real but replace personal identifiers. It would not lose any value because the data is still usable for marketing purposes. Otherwise make it an option and let marketing companies opt-in for this second database, activating this system for advertisers. Just keep them aware of what they are about to experience etc.
Back to my own mini network, right now all sites are working almost as intented it just needs a small tweak as in getting my feeders live again and not redirect all traffic from my type-in domains to midnight12.com so people could get what they want, sites relating to webcams even though the tube is pretty awesome in my personal opinion. I try to manage it in the most professional way I can think of and that I can achieve with my current knowledge :-)
I hope you had some great holidays. See you again soon.