Megathread partners with active online communities in order to provide a "trusted" data stream for forming accurate and meaningful connections between people and information resources.
Our benign approach protects privacy through:
1) Understanding who people truly are and what they really seek without the need for personal information.
2) Establish authentic social credentials for individuals and communities.
3) Maintaining the integrity and privacy of community and content.
4) Accurate and scalable control over social connectivity.
Megathread’s proprietary technology utilizes a benign approach to measuring the social influence and relevance of key contributing factors such as people, keywords, discussions, groups, communities, and more. Since these credentials are universal, they can be easily used to provide safe and effective connections between people and information anywhere over the Web.
This means advertisers and marketers can cater more directly to people's interests without data-mining, tracking, or distributing personal information. It means any level of education can become more focused on the unique qualities of students while integrating the classroom with real-world, online events and applications. It means communities can provide safe and effective online environments that do not compromise privacy.
Megathread’s social metrics are naturally defined through the collective discourse of online dialogue. These credentials are authentic because they are not derived from bias ratings, feedback, or review, but rather, levels of active engagement around different subjects of interest. This intuitive approach is ethical because it is based upon key contributing factors of the discussion as a whole, which allows for highly effective social metrics that can be equally and fairly applied to qualify and quantify any social entity.
Megathread pools its credentials into personal and community profiles which owners maintain 100% control over. This provides individual users and community administrators the ability to manage, delete, hide, group, or set privacy for every key factor that applies to their profile. This transparent approach means Megathread allows its users to know and control everything it generates in order to improve their overall experience.
Megathread collects two types of information for identifying individual members and community partners.
In order to accurately identify an individual user or a community, setting up profiles requires minimal personal or private information. All we require is a name, an email for login, and a password, otherwise, fields such as a title or description, a social contact URL, or a photo are optional.
For communities, additional technical information is required for establishing API/platform integration.
For both individuals and communities, the profile name, description and social contact URL (optional) will be available to other users and other 3rd parties for general identification or contact needs.
The availability of this information can also be restricted through controls in profile privacy settings.
Since credentials are also based on relevance, profile owners can scope their outreach specifically to levels of interest. Therefore, individual and community profiles can scale their profiles from 100% open to 100% closed, while even the level of openness is based entirely on relevant levels of interest.
Community profiles are provided with a community privacy option in their main profile settings. When set to Private, this option prohibits all 3rd party access to any of the community information Megathread generates, with the exception of sub-communities, which must be set up and accepted by the parent community administrator. This setting does not prohibit these communities from connecting with other people, discussions, communities, groups, and so forth. As long as their settings are open to public or shared interests then Private communities can still search and become connected to other outside entities, especially those that share similar levels of interest.
Therefore, Megathread can accommodate online communities that wish to remain private but still experience the benefits of open social integration.
Megathread discloses potentially personal/private-identifying information (the objective information mentioned above) only to those of its employees, contractors, affiliated organizations and business partners in order to process it on Megathread’s behalf, provide services available at Megathread’s websites or with your permission for specific purposes. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Megathread’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Megathread discloses potentially personal/private-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Megathread believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Megathread, third parties or the public at large.
Megathread takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of personal/private-identifying information.
Megathread does not copy, transfer, store or otherwise use site data except for the specific purpose of processing said data in order to provide our semantic data stream and other Megathread services.
Megathread may occasionally send owners of profiles an email to tell them about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with Megathread and our products. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Other than for these purposes, and the identifying purposes mentioned above, Megathread will never distribute your email to non-affiliated 3rd-parties.
If Megathread, or substantially all of its assets, were acquired, or in the unlikely event that Megathread goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of Megathread may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.
Founder and Chief Innovation Officer at Megathread