Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

The online social-networking world is having quite a stir. Google+ just went live for the public. Facebook is its usual know-it-best smug self, rolling out features that no one really finds necessary, or even useful. And, would you know it, Diaspora’s still out there, somewhere.

Google+ may be all the fuzz, but its insistence on a Real-Name policy is sort of pouring cold water to an otherwise promising challenger to the FB empire. Of all things they could have learned from Facebook, smug arrogance should not have been it!

Speaking of Facebook, the love-hate relationship it has with its users continues to drone on as its recent “upgrades” angered more than a handful yet again. Facebook is on its toes, implementing more and more features it thinks will make the user experience better. Well, sadly, their idea of better is skewed.

The timing of these rollouts also raises the question of whether or not they’re only doing it in the face of real competition with Google+ opening to the public. It’s just too much changes to be just “coincidence.” It would be ironic, though, that instead of keeping members from migrating to Google’s offering, these inadvertent changes will actually drive them to do just that!

Then, finally, we have Diaspora. The ambitious project aiming to unseat FB in the online social networking arena. It started more than a year ago. The guys behind the project raised funds, with a target of $10000. Donations came pouring in, and actually went up to about $200k. But after all this time with not much heard about it, I was thinking the project died a silent death.

Until they sent emails just this week, with the subject:

Diaspora* means a brighter future for all of us.

The email details how they’re still working to get invites out this October, and how the concept of pods work.

Good that they’re still on board after all. But frankly, at this point, with not only FB to contend with, they may have missed their window of opportunity! Still, good luck to them.

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Google+ is getting all the buzz right now. Probably why FB is hastily deploying this new Chat “improvement” suckerberg has been peddling around.

And when FB is improving something, you betcha it would violate its users’ privacy. And again, there’s no way to permanently turn it off!

When you log in to your FB account, you’ll notice a chat bar docked to the right of the page, asking you to try the new Chat.

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It won’t go away until you click on it. And since it’s tricked you to click on it (what else can you do?), you’ll find you’re signed in to Chat. You can make yourself unavailable to chat, even hide the blasted chat bar, but I have the sneaking suspicion everyone can still see you’re online. They just can’t directly open a chat session with you. Oh, and those settings don’t stick. The next time you log in (or close and open your browser if you’re set to always remain logged in), you’ll have to do the entire exercise in futility all over again!

Freaking Facebook!

Today, my newsfeed was bombarded by what I thought at first were malware-driven advertisements. It turns out the flood of questions served a la ‘survey’ actually come from a new USELESS feature Facebook has rolled out. Folks, having found a new novelty in asking questions just for the sake of having something to post, have again taken the bait.

As always, FB in its infinite wisdom (or lack thereof) will not allow you to opt-out or turn the noise down. For Chrome users, there’s an extension available to silence the incessant barrage. For the rest, we’re on our own.

DIASPORA, where art thou?

Update

A few more add-ons that can be used:

F.B. (Fluff Busting) Purity

Better Facebook

Grease Monkey for Firefox with this script.

Facebook Safety Tip:

If you see a message posted on Facebook which claims that by following a link and installing a Facebook application, you can see who has been viewing your Profile or find out who has been stalking you, DO NOT CLICK ON IT BECAUSE IT’S A SCAM.

These rogue applications are designed to fool users into visiting spam survey websites or giving out personal information including your password.

If you see similar posts from friends/family, send them a message and advise them to delete the post and change their password immediately as a precaution.

Be safe! A little common sense goes a long way.

Facebook’s done it again – putting a new privacy setting and enabling it by default.

It’s bad enough that you can’t stop friends from tagging you on photos. Now Facebook is actually being proactive in encouraging friends to tag you if someone in their photo looks like you.

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From what I’ve seen on the net, it looks like this feature was introduced October last year, but they’re now just rolling it out to everyone. Never mind the mostly negative reaction to it, the geniuses at Facebook will stop at nothing to invade your person yet again.

It’s a full time job babysitting Facebook, really!