Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another Facebook Change, Another Piece of Your Privacy Taken

Today I chat a bit about the latest privacy change from Facebook, a bit on the different things they've taken from users, Zuck's own rabid need for privacy and a tiny bit on how Facebook works with the NSA.

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Facebook: privacy, nsa, zuckerberg, user profiles
A few years ago, Facebook knew they had a something big.  User counts were on the climb and with numbers like that, they were able to pitch their product to large brands, with the tease of all the exposure.

But then the large brands said, hey, why are we paying you anything when all we need to do is create our own brand page?  Hmm.

Then Facebook started figuring out how to get more exposure for their paying brands and entities.  They wanted to expose everyone to as many other updates from their various clients as possible.

In regards to the latest change that Facebook implemented, the latest change, as Facebook put it,

{
we wanted to make sure you know we're removing the "Who can look up your Timeline by name" setting.

This setting controlled whether people could find your Timeline by searching for your name. We're removing the setting because it isn't as useful as it was before, and now there are better ways to manage your privacy using your privacy shortcuts.
}

Or to put it plainly, they've removed the option to block folks from finding you in their search, making ALL USERS of Facebook searchable.

You used to be able to block people from finding you via search.

But according to the company who is the most selective hiring force in the industry, hiring ONLY THE BEST of the BEST (that Google doesn't grab), they said that this option for the users was creating problems with their search function.

I'm a bit suspicious and feel like FB thinks we're total morons with a line like that.

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After you click that new pop-up message button, "Okay, I Understand," they let the fun begin.

As soon as I clicked that button, my feed became slightly different.

Now my feed has even more stuff in it.

I now seem to get everything I've been following, but now, I'm seeing EVERYTHING my friends are commenting on and liking.  And getting the option to like everything they like.  Ug.  Though at the moment, they haven't removed our ability to block all game updates.  That's still sweet.

And pages I like/follow are showing up on my feed when they comment on things.

Wow, this small mod seems to have changed quite a bit for me.

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Another small change that will help Facebook connect more users to their paid clientele has yet again taken place.

Little tiny steps at a time, all the while hoping you forget about some of the changes they've been making over time.

What was private, Your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, Friends List, and all the pages you subscribe to, became publicly available information.

Now they made YOU publicly available in their search.  Regardless of what you want.

But Zuck says they're only making the changes that society is undergoing.  Yup, undergoing on FB that is. 

(Did you know Facebook has been working the the NSA to give them backdoor access to all their user data?)

Look, Facebook is free.  To some degree, we can never complain about a free service while that service figures out how to stay viable financially.  And we are free to use it or leave it.  Or take control and make sure our profiles are set to the way we like it.  I've set up my profile with very little info, and is designed around letting my friends know about my websites.

DYK: Earlier this year, as folks were getting antsy about their privacy and other issues, it's been estimated that 9 million U.S. monthly users bailed from FB.

Here's the kicker:  While Zuck seeks personal privacy by using a shell corporation to anonymously buy houses around his neighborhood, within the same week, he removes a facet of our online privacy.

Niiice!

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Info Resources:

{abcnews: facebook-makes-users-searchable}

{readwrite.com: zuckerberg_age_of_privacy}

{dailymail.co.uk: Facebook-users-quitting-site}

{ibtimes.com: facebook-removes-search-privacy}


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