Facebook Admits Users Are Confused About Privacy, Will Show More On-Screen Explanations


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook today offered reporters a deep dive on how it handles privacy and previewed some upcoming changes. The company revealed it does 80 trillion privacy checks per day on the backend to make sure data isn’t wrongly exposed. It runs 4000 surveys about privacy per day which pushed it to now begin displaying on-screen descriptions of how privacy controls work, including for status update audience selectors and resharing.

Facebook used to have every team work on its own privacy functionality, and then would have dedicated teams for privacy sprints around specific privacy changes. But as the company grew, two specific privacy teams evolved. One is the Privacy Product Engineering team that builds the settings that let users control who sees their content. The other is the Privacy Infrastructure Engineering team, which “helps engineers move the fast and build things” while still being confident there will be no privacy breaches, says Privacy…

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A Facebook Life


Originally posted on TechCrunch:

On Facebook, life begins at conception. “We’re expecting!”, your parents post. You don’t have fingers but you’re already accruing likes. A shared sonogram means hundreds have seen you before you’ve even opened your eyes. You have a Facebook presence despite lacking a physical one.

Think about that for a second. Like it or not, in 10 years Facebook has changed everything. Each phase of this life is playing out right now across a billion people.

You exist in limbo until you turn 13. Your parents can post whatever they want about you, but you’re not supposed to sign up. But perhaps your curiosity wins out, so you fake your age and create a profile. Quite possibly the first in a long series of adolescent rebellions and lies about your age.

From then on, every action you take and thought you think will be accompanied by a little background decision to…

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Facebook: The Future?


The link below is to an article that considers the future of Facebook as the leading social network.

For more visit:
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/is-facebook-going-the-same-way-as-myspace/

Facebook: On the Decline


The link below is to an article that suggests Facebook is on the decline. However, given the money it is still making it is hardly a concern to the company yet.

For more visit:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/apr/28/facebook-loses-users-biggest-markets

Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy


Originally posted on Gigaom:

23-remake-of-path-menuOne of the great things about attending Facebook’s events is that one gets to see Mark Zuckerberg mature as a chief executive and hone his presentation skills. And today, he didn’t disappoint in his ability to spin the media corps. It was all claps for “four colors on HTC First” and ideas “inspired” by the likes of Amazon Kindle (ads) and Path. But what he did most brilliantly was obfuscate the difference between an app (Home), the user experience layer and the operating system.

Zuckerberg did that for two reasons: First, to buy his company time to build a proper OS that will come to us in dribs and drabs and then will wash over us suddenly, like a riptide. And secondly, to convince people that “Home” is just like any other app. Unfortunately, Facebook’s Home is not as benign as that.

In fact, Facebook Home should put privacy advocates on…

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Facebook: The News Feed Upgrade


The link below is to an article that takes a look at the news feed upgrade for Facebook.

For more visit:
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-33816_162-57573411/facebooks-news-feed-behind-the-scenes-of-sites-changes/

Facebook: Loosing the ‘Cool’ Battle


The link below is to an article that looks at Facebook’s future.

For more visit:
http://business.time.com/2013/03/08/is-facebook-losing-its-cool-some-teens-think-so/

Facebook: Is It Over?


The link below is to an article that explores the possibility that Facebook may be dying. What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

For more visit:
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/1/4049592/the-age-of-the-brag-is-over-why-facebook-might-be-losing-teens

Article: Why Do People Unfriend Others On Facebook?


OK, I know you all want to know the answer to this question, ‘why did _____________ (enter name) unfriend me on Facebook?’ Well, the answer to that question may lie in the article linked to below. And I thought it was simply because they weren’t really your friend.

http://allfacebook.com/unfriend-study-cambridge_b93510