Posts tagged social media

I’ve asked Facebook why they’ve made configuring the News Feed so difficult in the current mobile redesign and I’ll update this post if I get an answer. But even if only a minority of users want to read their News Feed in chronological order, and even if there are clear business reasons for the changes, that still doesn’t excuse the outright hostility Facebook is expressing to its users in the most recent “most recent” update. The redesign is a flipped middle finger aimed directly at users who just want to do the most natural thing anyone wants to do with a piece of software: configure it to serve their own interests.

But this is the game Facebook has always played. Routinely changing privacy defaults to make user information more public. Removing functionality from the core app to push users to other Facebook services. Transforming user likes into sponsored advertisements without asking permission from users. The only surprise about the latest design change is just how much effort Facebook went to hide the “Most Recent” option this time around. I’m puzzled as to why the company didn’t not just remove it all together. At least that would be honest.

This is the case with the Android app, too. I don’t mind, though: Facebook’s abysmal failure of ad placement in the mobile app (after all, why would I want to go to a seafood restaurant, in say, Memphis, TN?) gives me plenty of material to post here.

Facebook: Spying even on what you DON'T share.

We spend a lot of time debating what to post on Facebook. We type out a message, then we rewrite it. Sometimes we erase it all together.

But the code that powers Facebook has been recording everything we type on screen, even if we don’t hit publish — and it wants to know why we aren’t sharing.

Turns out, Facebook has been monitoring, tracking and interpreting our unposted notes, comments and statuses this entire time, using even what we don’t say as metadata to pass on to spy agencies like the NSA or advertisers from Groupon to Mastercard.

Choosing not to share is supposed to be what little still protects us from governments and corporations that can hack our emails, bug our phones and turn on our webcams without our knowledge. Please, join us in demanding Facebook stop logging and storing this data, and start protecting our right not to publish!

Respect our right to remain private, and stop storing information about what we type in drafts for Facebook comments, notes and statuses to share with spies and sellers.

Sign this Petition!

Are you sure that is something you want to do? Any chance that you’ve read this blog?

Are you sure that is something you want to do? Any chance that you’ve read this blog?

This automated account cracks me up, but in a puerile way.

“@GasMonkeyGarage: Hey, look! It’s Keenan #Lawrencing Christie #Lawrencing! cc @gmgchristie” #lawrencing gold!
— Jeff Havens (@jeffhavens) January 13, 2014
It’s blowing up on Twitter.

It’s blowing up on Twitter.

Why would this person want to follow me? Did s/he stop to consider where I live?

Why would this person want to follow me? Did s/he stop to consider where I live?

"Yelp is…" evil



Yelp is a portmanteau of “Yellow Pages.””

Learn something new everyday.

Which reminds me, I should put up
some new Yelp reviews… it’s been a while.

On the contrary, there are several good reasons to abandon Yelp.

ALEC, which holds conferences at which state legislators and corporations work together to draft model laws on issues that affect corporate interests, has been reaching out to Silicon Valley. At an ALEC meeting in Chicago last week, Yelp’s director of public policy, Luther Lowe, delivered a presentation to ALEC’s civil justice task force urging the group to consider adopting model legislation on strategic lawsuits against public participation, or SLAPPs. If approved, the anti-SLAPP policy would have to be ratified by ALEC’s communications and technology task force, which includes representatives from Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo. (The first two companies have not previously been reported to be involved with ALEC and have not responded to requests for comment.)

The worst part of searching a hashtag about a sports team on Twitter are stupid comments like this.

Then there are the boobs who repeat hashtags over-and-over in tweets.

When a magazine is organized as an app rather than as a website, its articles can neither be indexed or searched on the web. And even if they could, clicking the link in Google at best takes readers to an app store, not to the article itself — cutting the magazine out of the greatest traffic driver in today’s world.

The pattern is the same on social media. When you can’t link directly to an article, the urge to tweet or tell your friends about it drastically shrinks. And curators like Flipboard and Zite can’t look into, link or grab content from within magazine apps.