Archive for the ‘Social Networking’ Category

Facebook applications request permission to steal your data

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Maybe the first example really was an IQ test … anybody who fell for it, failed the IQ test.

Facebookers advised to be vigilant, as rogue applications plague users of the social-networking site

The world of Facebook can be a dangerous place, as two separate incidents this week have proven.


Is Facebook Social Search Engine a Google Killer?

Friday, June 25th, 2010

I don’t understand how Facebook would have the time and resources to sort through all of that “like” data once they’ve collected it … much less make sense of that data.

When Facebook launched its Open Graph protocol in April, blanketing the web with “like” and “recommend” buttons, it seemed obvious that one of the company’s goals was to use the resulting behavioral data to power a social search engine — one based on likes instead of links. That process is now well under way, as a report at AllFacebook notes. The company has confirmed that all web pages that use the network’s open graph plugins show up in the social network’s search results in the same way that traditional Facebook pages do, as described by CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his keynote at the F8 conference.


FTC rules against Twitter

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

It’s pretty incredible that Twitter could be hacked by a random password generator … talk about leaving a door open.

Following a pair of successful hacking attacks early last year, the social networking site is the first to be ruled against by the US Federal Trade Commission

Twitter’s having a bad day. First it got told off by the US Federal Trade Commission for incidents in January and May last year when 33 accounts, including Barack Obama’s, were hacked using the company’s own internal support tools.


NYT Bans The Word Tweet Outside Of Ornithological Contexts

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Evidently, not everyone is impressed with the popularity of Twitter …

Too funny. According to The Awl, The New York Times standards editor Phil Corbett yesterday reportedly sent out a memo (below) to NYT writers asking them to severely cut down on the use of the word ‘tweet’ outside of “ornithological contexts”.

Corbett has been overseeing language issues for the paper’s newsroom since September 2009, and was previously in charge of revisions in the newsroom’s style manual as deputy news editor.


Twitter Continues Rapid Growth, Hits 2B Tweets in May

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Twitter seems to incorporate a lot of important/popular elements of the internet; news, communication and even social networking. It’s no wonder that they’re growing so fast.

Twitter, just six months after hitting the one-billion-tweets milestone, doubled that number in May, according to research by Royal Pingdom. Twitter’s chief operating officer Dick Costolo told attendees at the recent Conversational Media Summit in New York that the service is seeing about 65 million tweets a day, which would make for roughly 2 billion a month. And based on the statistics that Royal Pingdom has been collecting, that growth is showing no signs of slowing down.


‘Like’ Button Worm Weaseling Through Facebook

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Watch out for this one if you use Facebook …

Facebook 'Like' Button Worm

The latest worm to squirm its way around Facebook, like most, lures in its users by taking advantage of a temptation that’s become fundamentally human: the ‘like’ button. The virus hit the social network over the holiday weekend, and, according to Sophos, has already victimized hundreds of thousands of users. Fortunately, though, it’s pretty easy to tell which of your friends has fallen prey to the scam, simply by the titles of the links they supposedly ‘like.’


Check-Ins, Geo-Fences, And The Future Of Privacy

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

The recent controversy at Facebook appears to have awoken a storm of interest in privacy policies …

Facebook is under a lot of heat right now for how it shares our personal information. So much so that it is trying to simplify its privacy controls to so that nobody gets surprised when that embarrassing drunk photo you thought you were sharing only with a close set of friends finds its way all over the Web. (Hint: don’t put up drunk photos of yourself on Facebook). But this problem is only going to get worse.

Right now, what people share on Facebook is usually pretty tame: a status update, photo, a link, a video, an action in an app. The ones with the greatest potential to creep people out are the geo-specific ones, which probably explains why Facebook is taking its sweet time to roll out its own geo features like geo-tagged updates and photos. If you think the current uproar over Facebook privacy is bad, wait until Facebook embraces location-based apps in a big way.


Can BroadVision Rise From the Ashes of Web 1.0?

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

There sure is a lot of money being spent on social networking lately. The big players must be expecting a lot of ad revenue to be generated by these sites …

BroadVision, an enterprise software company with a long and not-so-glorious history, today launched a new offering called Clearvale — what it calls a “network of networks” designed to bring social networking to businesses on a large scale, just as earlier versions of the company’s software allowed them to create Web 1.0 “portals.” The company said more than 4,000 businesses are already using the hosted software-as-a-service platform, as part of a year-long beta test. The launch also includes a strategic partnership with Softbank, the giant Japanese telecom and media holdings company.

The idea behind Clearvale is to provide a white-label social networking platform similar to Ning, but focused specifically on businesses. “We were among the first technology companies to help the enterprise understand how to do business on the web, and we feel poised to do it again — but this time for the Enterprise 2.0 era,” said Pehong Chen, founder and CEO. As part of the rollout of Clearvale, the company says it will be offering an app store for social networking tools, driven by an open API.


Facebook to tweak privacy settings, says Zuckerberg

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Given the amount of user displeasure with their new privacy policy, I’m not surprised that Facebook re-thought this one …

The social networking website ‘missed the mark’ on privacy controls, says founder Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook is to revise its privacy settings within weeks to make it simpler for people to keep their information private, according to Mark Zuckerberg, its founder and chief executive of the giant social network.

Acknowledging a growing level of irritation among the site’s 450m users, Zuckerberg said: “Simply put, many of you thought our controls [for determining who could see information about you] were too complex. Our intention was to give you lots of granular controls; but that may not have been what many of you wanted. We just missed the mark.”

But Zuckerberg insisted that concerns that Facebook is selling personal data to advertisers were misplaced. “We do not give advertisers access to your personal information,” he said. “We do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.”


For Facebook, the Privacy Snowball Just Keeps on Rolling

Friday, May 21st, 2010

This story sure has been in the news a lot lately; it’s almost inevitable that Facebook will have to do something about this soon …

Call it the “snowball effect,” or maybe the “witch-hunt” effect. At some point, when a company is under fire for something, even the smallest piece of evidence that it might be guilty of that thing can get blown out of proportion. Exhibit A is Facebook and the recent news — reported somewhat breathlessly by the Wall Street Journal, of all places — that the social network sent personally identifiable information to advertisers, after saying that it doesn’t. As Marshall Kirkpatrick at ReadWriteWeb has noted, this story is a tad exaggerated. The fact is that lots of websites transmit information via the URL of a page, because that’s the way modern web browsers work. In some cases, Facebook seems to have accidentally included user IDs in the URL string when someone clicked on an ad, and according to the Journal has now changed the way it handles those links as a result of the paper’s inquiries.