Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

More On Facebook Places Privacy

Via NY Times: “I like Foursquare because I can actually pick who sees where I actually am, compared to Facebook, where I have 1,200 friends,” she said. “I don’t want 1,200 people knowing where I am.” Facebook does let users pick a smaller subgroup of friends who can see location updates, but Ms. Lovelidge said […]

Sharing Location With Strangers Via Facebook Places

Twice in a weeks time [1, 2] I’ve suggested that teens in particular have more “friends” than friends. AOL apparently did some of the research for me regarding the prevalence: …more than half of the children surveyed (54%) don’t personally know all of the friends… 54% of teens surveyed don’t know all their “friends”. Facebook […]

More On Facebook “Friends” And Privacy

Last week when I wrote about the risks of Facebook Places I specifically said: Decisions on who qualifies as a friend may have been made a few years ago when the risks were different and content being exposed was much less harmful. Letting a stranger see your obnoxious status update is different than letting them […]

The Real Risks Behind Facebook “Places”

Facebook made some peculiar decisions in the privacy rules for Facebook Places. The problem is hardly just a technical limitation, it’s endemic of the way social media has altered society and technology must help the user be aware and workaround it.

Facebook “Simplistic” Privacy Settings Coming Soon

I’d be nothing but a jerk if I didn’t post this considering I’ve spent a fair amount of time criticizing Facebook’s privacy policies. Facebook head of public policy Tim Sparapani as quoted in Wired: “Now we’ve heard from our users that we have gotten a little bit complex,” Sparapani said in a radio interview Tuesday. […]

Victoria Secret – You Like This

I couldn’t resist posting this one. Apparently Victoria Secret has a free “limited edition” (with store purchase of course) panty with “you like this” printed on the back with a thumbs up, an obvious homage to Facebook. Countdown to sexual harassment for unwanted “clicking” or “liking”? I’m sure some genius will get into trouble for […]

Why “The Geeks” Are Upset About Privacy

Pete Warden on why everyone should pay attention to “the geeks”: So why are the geeks so upset? They’re looking down the road and imagining all the things that the bad guys will be able to do once they figure out what a bonanza of information is being released. Do you remember in the 90’s […]

Google Should Use Google Wave Against Facebook

Google should use Google Wave against Facebook. It’s not as crazy as it sounds. I will be the first to say I was unimpressed by Google Wave from a user point of view. I should note Google Wave was pitched as an email alternative, and it’s not great at that job. The technical perspective was […]

What Facebook Apps Know About You

The ACLU put together a clever quiz on Facebook that lets you see what a Facebook application knows about you. I doubt most people realize how much they are giving an application, and how unnecessary the information is to the application. There is no legitimate need for something as simple as a quiz to require […]

On Facebook Permitting Longer Storage Of User Data

Previously the rules only permitted storage of some data for 24 hours. Notice I said “rules”. The truth is that there is no technical means of enforcement that I can find. This is done on the honor system. Facebook in theory could look at usage and wonder “how are they doing this without refetching data?”, […]