"The biggest consequence was that many, many more people became
aware of the trove of metadata generated by their actions online.
AOL did the global Web-use community a favor by educating the world
on the issues of metadata use, misuse and the potential for
shenanigans--or to seek protection.
"Well, thanks to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's recent
transparency on his beliefs about Linux and Windows, we have a
similar unintended educational consequence in the works..."