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Post by Foggyone » Thu Aug 02, 2012 6:55 pm

Facebook: 83 million IMPOSTERS stalk our network

And that's only what they are admitting to.
We estimate that 'duplicate' accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented approximately 4.8 per cent of our worldwide MAUs [monthly active users] as of June 30, 2012.

We also seek to identify 'false' accounts, which we divide into two categories: (1) user-misclassified accounts, where users have created personal profiles for a business, organisation, or non-human entity such as a pet (such entities are permitted on Facebook using a Page rather than a personal profile under our terms of service); and (2) undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that we determine are intended to be used for purposes that violate our terms of service, such as spamming.

As of June 30, 2012, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 2.4 per cent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 1.5 per cent of our worldwide MAUs. We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey.
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Post by digidog » Thu Aug 02, 2012 11:13 pm

Facebook users have a choice to use Timeline which displays their entire life story on one page - but not any longer. From
8th August the new format will be compulsory for all Facebook users. Mark Zuckerberg insists...
He said that wanted people to be able to share “their entire lives” on Facebook and have “total control” over how their content appeared online.
This quote from an anonymous user seems to sum the situation up nicely.
“I’m sorry but this is rubbish. I’m surprised Facebook hasn’t included a compulsory DNA profile section (default to public obviously).”
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Post by digidog » Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:40 pm

Fracebook shares drop below $20 - less than half their initial offer price. There must be a few people feeling sick about this.

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Meanwhile the Telegraph reports that Twitter has overtaken Facebook as the preferred marketing channel, but negative tweets tend to
outnumber positive ones. Financial services companies are reducing their social media advertising spend.
All companies must retain a connection with Facebook and Twitter - but while the returns on investment are so hard to track and
the conversations directly linking to brands near impossible to control, it is wise to exercise caution with the amount of investment
put towards this marketing activity.

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Post by digidog » Fri Aug 17, 2012 6:48 am

Today was the first day that early investors - company insiders plus Microsoft, Goldman Sachs et al could ditch their
Facebook shares... and they're ditching them at high speed. The shares which launched at $US38 have reached an
all-time low of just $19.87 today.

Facebook reported a $157m loss in the 2nd quarter - most of that due to pay-outs to the company's early investors,
including chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg (Facebook's chief executive) can't sell his shares until mid-
November.

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Post by digidog » Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:07 am

5 Design Tricks Facebook Uses To Affect Your Privacy Decisions

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Post by Foggyone » Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:52 am

A very interesting read.

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Post by digidog » Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:47 am

Following an investigation by the Irish Data Protection Commission, Facebook has agreed to switch off it's intrusive facial recognition
software which was turned on by default.

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And in another stroke of "Privacy... what's that?" genius, Facebook is asking people to dob in any friends who aren't using their real names
on the social media site. People use pseudonyms online for many reasons... so their employer can't associate them with their FB account for
example. And what self-respecting paedophile or terrorist is likely to use his real name anyway?

For me the biggest intrusion is Facebook's insatiable desire to monetise your account - to make money by selling your profile information,
spending habits... any little snippets of data which they can convince you to hand over to them for free. Honestly... Facebook would be
right at home inside the evil Syrian regime.

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Post by digidog » Sat Oct 27, 2012 5:47 am

Facebook has finally worked out a way to make loads of money from their site, and I mean a small fortune. You allow
users to build a following, then restrict access to followers unless the user pays an ongoing ransom (sorry, fee).

A site called "Dangerous Minds" built a fanbase of more than 50,000 on Facebook. You might think that all those
followers would be exposed to Facebook ads, bringing in revenue for the company. But no, Mt Zuckerberg & Co have
an even better idea. They want DM to pay between $2,000 and $3,200 per day ($672k pa) if they want all of their
followers to be able to read DM's posts. Otherwise, Facebook blocks their pages for two thirds of those people. That's
extortionate! DM has started a campaign to knock this practice on the head.

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I wonder how many large corporates will fork out that sort of money just to reach their existing followers?

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Post by Foggyone » Sat Oct 27, 2012 6:12 pm

This is similar to what is seen whenever a web entity goes from the growth phase to the monetising phase (usually when the outfit floats to the public).

There is a need to squeeze every cent out of the users by raising prices, charging for previously free services, inventing new services. etc. It all looks so familiar (think TM).

Will Facebook kill the golden goose? Depends on how tightly they screw the users, and when the next big thing comes along.

And, in a connected vein, there is now a Chrome browser extension to prevent political posts from reaching viewers (one assumes the posters will have coughed up the dinero to have the posts make it through). See the story here.
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Post by digidog » Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:12 am

The Telegraph reports a wonderful new innovation from Facebook - "Couples" pages. And you don't even need to sign up for this
one... Facebook has automatcially activated this "feature" for anyone who identifies themselves as being "in a relationship". The
joint page shows all of the status updates in which one partner has mentioned the other, all photos in which they've been jointly
tagged, a list of their mutual friends, an inventory of all the things they jointly ‘like’ and all of the events to which they have
jointly been invited.

But surely you can just quietly remove your relationship status? Nope... if you do that Facebook sticks a big broken heart on all
of your friends’ timelines. You'll have some explaining to do.

The Telegraph's Emma Barnett has written a piece entitled...

"Facebook 'couples pages' make me want to retch"
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Post by Foggyone » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:58 am

Do they have any idea what they're doing?
Talent without discipline is like an octopus on roller skates. There's plenty of movement, but you never know if it's going to be forward, backwards, or sideways.

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Post by digidog » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:03 pm

Mac Schrems, the Austrian law student who exposed the dirty side of Facebook over a year ago hasn't given up yet. In August 2011
he requested a copy of all the data that Facebook had on him. The company sent him some basic data but he wasn't impressed.
I am very sorry to trouble you further, but I am convinced that this is not ALL data that Facebook holds about me. To give you some
examples: There must be tons of meta‐data that is used to e.g. target advertisement, rank the appearance of content on my "news
feed". There must be a detailed list of all visits and interactions with other users. There must be the Information that Facebook calls
the "social graph" and that is way more intense than the mere connections between users. Attached you find a rough list of data that
Facebook is very likely to hold about me. Note: My access request is not limited to these kinds of data! The fact that this PDF was
not all data the Facebook holds can even be seen when reading your privacy policy.
Facebook eventuall sent Schrems a CD with more than 1,000 pages of raw private data concerning his activities on their site.

At the heart of the matter is the difference between US and EU privacy laws. Facebook told him, "We interpret consent in a way that as
long as they don’t say no [then it’s OK]" - and that breaches EU laws. Facebook's European base is in tax-friendly Ireland, so Schrems filed
a series of complaints with the Irish Data Protection Commissioner.
Those complaints included charges that Facebook Ireland violated EU law by keeping records of "pokes" even after a user has deleted them,
collecting data on non-Facebook users as a way to create "shadow profiles," performing automatic tagging, gathering personal data via
"Friend Find," retaining records of deleted posts, retaining copies of deleted chat messages, retaining copies of deleted friends, and
many others.
Schrem set up a group called "Europe vs. Facebook" - http://europe-v-facebook.org/EN/en.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; - and over 40,000 people made similar data
requests. However Facebook quickly decided to ignore most of those.
"As soon as the big round [of people came, Facebook] stopped giving access to the raw data," Schrems said. "If you don’t give out the raw
data, it’s not credible anymore."
The Irish Data Protection Commissioner was soon overwhelmed with complaints which are now advancing to the European Court of Justice. Schrems
insists that he's not out to punish Facebook... he just wants them to comply with the law. And therein lies the conundrum.
"The philosophical difference, as I see it, is that Facebook believes that once they get the data, and if they are compliant, it is their data," Eoin
O’Dell, an Irish law professor at Trinity College Dublin, told Ars. "The argument on the part of the advocates is a stronger claim that privacy rights
require the data protection regime to accept that the data continues to be the data of the user, and not Facebook’s data. There’s the big
philosophical, constitutional argument."
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Post by Foggyone » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:01 pm

And they don't want you to tell them when they cock up.

Facebook to users: Please vote to abolish your right to vote
Facebook wants to do away with that, which is part of its "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" that explains the terms governing the use of Facebook services. Facebook is also proposing changes to its Data Use Policy, which explains how the site collects and uses data.
Other proposed changes include:

* New tools for managing your Facebook Messages -- replacing the "Who can send you Facebook messages" setting with new filters for managing incoming messages.
* Changes to how Facebook refers to certain products, like instant personalization.
* Reminders about what's visible to other people on Facebook. For instance, when you hide things from your timeline, those posts are visible elsewhere, like in news feed, on other people's timelines, or in search results.
* Tips on managing your timeline. For example, you can use tools on your timeline or activity log to delete your own posts, or you can ask someone else to delete a post in which you're tagged.
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Post by digidog » Thu Nov 22, 2012 9:04 pm

This BBC story looks at Facebook's plan to remove the ability for users to vote on changes to its data privacy policy.
The new proposals also outlined details of Facebook's plans to combine information across various services it owns.

This could potentially include Instagram, the photo-sharing app which the social network acquired for £440m ($700m)
earlier this year. As well as a vast library of user-uploaded photographs, Instagram also holds location data on its
users - a highly valuable resource.

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Post by digidog » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:39 am

Here's another story on Facebook's desire to remove members' ability to vote on changes to their site. While they've
emailed members offering them chance to have their say, that voice only counts if they get a minimum of... wait for
it... 300 million people voting! Yep, that's a stupid number of votes which is not going to happen. Facebook have held
two of these "votes" in the past. The first time 665,654 people responded, and the next time (June 2012) only 342,632
responded. That's a long way from the required 300,000,000.

The issue this time is changes to the way that Facebook collects and uses your private information, the "affiliates" they
share your personal information with, and who can view and contact you on the site. Members have until Monday to cast
their vote... safe in the knowledge that nobody is listening.

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