Everybody gets so much information all day long
that they lose their common sense.
~ Gertrude Stein
A few more squibs on FaceBook…
Facebook’s “Evil Interfaces”: “An anonymous reader writes ‘Tim Jones over at the EFF’s Deep Links Blog just posted an interesting article on the widespread use of deceptive interface techniques on the Web. He began by polling his Twitter and Facebook audience for an appropriate term for this condition and received responses like ‘Bait-and-Click’ and ‘Zuckerpunched.’ Ultimately, he chose ‘Evil Interfaces’ from Greg Conti’s HOPE talk on malicious interface design and follow-up interview with media-savvy puppet Weena. Tim then goes on to dissect Facebook (with pictures). So, what evil interfaces have you encountered on (or off) the Web?'”
Facebook, The App Store, And The Sound Of Inevitability: “‘That is the sound of inevitability…‘
I’m reminded of this quote from The Matrix as I read headline after headline around the blogosphere about how Facebook and Apple and their (at least relatively) closed ecosystems are going to destroy the fabric of the web as we know it. Me? I’m not worried in the slightest bit. Why? Because it occurs to me that what’s going on now is just a part of a cycle. A necessary cycle. Yes, the web (by which I mean the entire Internet), it seems to me, is cyclical.”
Facebook Stirs Up Trouble for Silicon Valley: “It’s larger than the population of the U.S. and is increasingly the nerve center of an interconnected world. But that didn’t stop Facebook from getting blindsided from one of the most powerful legislators in Washington. Twice.”
Open Letter to Facebook on Privacy: “Facebook appears to be working diligently at establishing itself as the site that people love to hate. Don’t get me wrong, passionate views are a mark of success–just look at Microsoft, Apple, and Google. Still, the trick is to foster that passion (and generate revenue) without inviting undue regulatory scrutiny or legal backlash.
I have some advice for Facebook–albeit completely unsolicited. The problem isn’t that my personal information and data is shared too freely across the entire Internet to total strangers that have no connection whatsoever with my social network. Well…it is, but the real problem is that you are the one sharing it.”
(via Privacy Digest.)
Give Me My Data Helps Refill Blanked Facebook Profiles: “We’ve reported that if you disconnect your Facebook account from the manufactured pages that now connect to things like hometown and interests, it will blank your profile.
The default response was a shrug. What can you do? Now an indie app, Give Me My Data, promises to replace that missing information on your profile.
(via Read Write Web.)
New App Helps Keep Facebook’s Hands Off Your Data: “A new application aims to put users back in control of their private data stored on the increasingly public social networking site, Facebook. With “The Green Safe” app, Facebook users can now export their profile data for offsite storage on Green Safe’s servers. Data can then be purged from Facebook itself, allowing only friends to view profile information by way of a profile page tab labeled “My Info.”
(via Read Write Web.)
Facebook Disables Chat After Bug Exposes Private Data – The Consumerist.After two security glitches were revealed today, Facebook was forced to shut down chat functions while it worked on a fix. One bug allowed users to see allegedly private chats, while another exposed pending friend requests. Facebook didn’t notify users whose accounts may have been compromised, presumably because, hey, they’re Facebook, and they don’t have to.
(via The Consumerist.)
13 Ways Facebook Ruins Your Relationship: “I doubt most of you need anyone telling you Facebook may be ruining your relationship, considering it is most likely a reality you yourself are living. But, in the event that right now it all seems like one, enormous mess of awfulness too powerful to approach, destroy and rework, here’s a breakdown, complete with labels, scenarios and love lessons, in hopes that you can tackle this virtual monstrosity and take it apart, piece by terrorizing piece.
Video: Facebook Security Hole Lets You View Your Friends’ Live Chats: “You’ve got to hand it to Facebook. They certainly know how to do security — not. Today I was tipped off that there is a major security flaw in the social networking site that, with just a few mouse clicks, enables any user to view the live chats of their ‘friends’. Using what sounds like a simple trick, a user can also access their friends’ latest pending friend-requests and which friends they share in common. That’s a lot of potentially sensitive information. Unbelievable I thought, until I just tested the exploit for myself. And guess what? It works.”
Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections (EFF): “Six Things You Need to Know About Facebook Connections: via EFF.org Updates.
‘Connections.’ It’s an innocent-sounding word. But it’s at the heart of some of the worst of Facebook’s recent changes.
Facebook first announced Connections a few weeks ago, and EFF quickly wrote at length about the problems they created. Basically, Facebook has transformed substantial personal information — including your hometown, education, work history, interests, and activites — into ‘Connections.’ This allows far more people than ever before to see this information, regardless of whether you want them to.
Since then, our email inbox has been flooded with confused questions and reports about these changes. We’ve learned lots more about everyone’s concerns and experiences. Drawing from this, here are six things you need to know about Connections:”
(via Privacy Digest.)
Top Ten Reasons You Should Quit Facebook: “After some reflection, I’ve decided to delete my account on Facebook. I’d like to encourage you to do the same. Here’s my ‘Top Ten’ reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.”
Six reasons to hate Facebook’s new anti-privacy system, “Connections”: “Wondering exactly why people are so pissed about Facebook’s latest display of contempt for user privacy? The Electronic Frontier Frontier Foundation’s Kurt Opsahl has a good, short article explaining just what’s going on with the new ‘Connections’ anti-feature:”
(via Boing Boing.)
Understanding Facebook’s privacy aftershocks: “Comparing Facebook’s latest product modifications to deadly natural disasters is probably a little bit inappropriate, but the psychological reaction doesn’t seem all that different. The social network modified its policies for handling user data once again as part of its F8 conference and release of the Open Graph API, and ever since it became clear that more information is being set as public by default and more is being shared with third parties, concerned Facebook users have been on jittery alert, perhaps prone to overreaction, concerned that something even bigger may be about to change.
They might be freaking out a little too much. Still, the lesson to be learned from this bizarre analogy is that dealing with social media is more like disaster preparedness than you would think.
(via CNET News.)
Do Facebook Privacy Concerns Really Require Government Regulation?: “Fifteen consumer privacy groups just filed a new complaint (PDF) with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) claiming the social networking site has dropped the ball in protecting user privacy. Meanwhile, other groups like the Progress and Freedom Foundation and the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) cautioned that ongoing legislative efforts to protect privacy on the Internet may go too far.
The tension regarding user privacy on the Web is thick enough to cut with a knife, and it is an open question as to how the government should react.
Al Franken Teaches You About Critical Facebook Privacy Settings: “Al Franken, hater of Facebook’s cavalier approach to privacy, has posted instructions for how to keep Facebook from disclosing your personal information to their “partners.” Guess what? It’s kinda hard! No, really, there’s more to it than you might expect.
(via The Consumerist.)
10 Reasons To Delete Your Facebook Account: “After some reflection, I’ve decided to delete my account on Facebook. I’d like to encourage you to do the same. This is part altruism and part selfish. The altruism part is that I think Facebook, as a company, is unethical. The selfish part is that I’d like my own social network to migrate away from Facebook so that I’m not missing anything. In any event, here’s my “Top Ten” reasons for why you should join me and many others and delete your account.
(via Business Insider.)
Facebook Policies Draw Criticism by Consumer Groups: “Facebook Inc., the largest social- networking site, is facing renewed criticism from consumer groups that it’s not doing enough to protect information after a security flaw exposed private messages between friends.
Recent changes at Facebook “violate user expectations, diminish user privacy, and contradict Facebook’s own representations,” said Marc Rotenberg, who runs the Electronic Privacy Information Center, one of 15 groups that complained about Facebook in a filing with the Federal Trade Commission late yesterday.