Posts tagged social media

There is a word for someone who lives and works in or around Palo Alto then takes money to place an advertisement like this: whore.

There is a word for someone who lives and works in or around Palo Alto then takes money to place an advertisement like this: whore.

Do NOT download the new Facebook messaging app.

In a breathtakingly creepy invasion of privacy, Facebook is forcing all smartphone users to download a new messaging app. The Android version of the app — and to a lesser extent the iPhone version as well — allows Facebook to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties.

If you want to carry on sending and receiving messages through Facebook on your mobile phone you now have no choice but to install Facebook Messenger — and give the company access to a wealth of personal data stored on your phone.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also admitted that his long-term plan could be to ‘monetize’ the app, so we need to act now before the app becomes impossible to stop.

Tell Facebook to stop invading its users’ privacy and allow people to keep using the old messenger feature.

The company claims that it is simply improving the user experience, and that it doesn’t have control over the permissions required for the app, specifically on Android phones. But there’s a simple solution to the problem: don’t make users download the new messenger.

Most people installing the app have absolutely no idea what they just agreed to. We need to spread the word about Facebook’s shocking privacy invasion — and if we can make this petition huge, Facebook will have to listen and get rid of this invasive new app.

Sign the petition and share it on Facebook.

I just uninstalled it from my phone.

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.)