Opinion: Is Facebook is Killing the Open Web?

 Is Facebook is Killing the Open Web?

Google and the other search engines have been the major driver of traffic to the open web for years. Social media is changing all that in two ways; social referrals – what we call ‘word of mouth’ in real life – and embedded content. Is Facebook is Killing the Open Web? Continue reading

How-to Decide What NOT to Post On Facebook Part II

An appropriate use of Facebook

Over-sharing on Facebook: if you didn’t see the critical list of things NOT to share, check back on Part I. That was just the tip of the iceberg.

If you are supposed to be at work, posting five status updates and four photos before coffee break is going to show up in your timeline with the date and time stamp. And prove that you’re not working. Expect a misconduct letter.

Assuming there isn’t a policy against Facebook during working time, contain your updates to your official lunch and break times, before or after your clocking-in times. Continue reading

How-to Decide What NOT to Post On Facebook Part I

Facebook - avoid oversharingCan I stop you for a moment to talk about a particularly modern, Western habit? Over-sharing. Not content with talking indiscretely in lunch queues, on instant messaging and in email, people are habitually sharing all manner of personal information and opinions on Facebook without a second thought.

Why? Facebook has garnered a hideous reputation for security and the almost complete lack of privacy, violating many of its’ previous rules every time it goes in for a face-lift.

You think Facebook is a comfortable and safe environment, warm, fuzzy and benevolent?
Try a casual web search you will see how many of our indiscretions appear on Facebook. Continue reading

How-to: More Facebook Privacy Tips

More Facebook Privacy TipsTo highlight our coverage of Facebook‘s privacy settings, the social networking site tacked on some additional tips to the bottom of the emails it sent out regarding changes in site governance.

It contains a blindingly clear warning about how Facebook privacy works – or not depending on whether you read and understand it.

“Your Timeline: You have settings that help you design how your timeline will appear to others, like hiding things from your timeline. Remember that this only impacts whether those things are visible on your timeline. Those posts are still visible elsewhere, like in news feed, on other people’s timelines, or in search results. You can delete your own posts from your timeline or activity log, or ask someone else to delete a post you’re tagged in.” Continue reading

How-to: Keep Your Facebook Posts Private

Facebook Edit Posts menu“We’ve made several improvements to the way older content is displayed on Timeline to make the audience and other information clearer” – Facebook.

The collective shudder of Facebook users around the world could be felt when this update went live, followed by various scare stories of private messages from 2007-2010 appearing in users’ Timelines – which Facebook strenuously denied.

“A small number of users raised concerns after what they mistakenly believed to be private messages appeared on their Timeline. Our engineers investigated these reports and found that the messages were older wall posts that had always been visible on the users’ profile pages. Facebook is satisfied that there has been no breach of user privacy.” – Facebook.

Of course they are. Given the drastic changes Facebook made to privacy previously, users lack of faith in Facebook’s motives and technology and the Facebook Timeline view making content easier to find than ever and much more visible (that was the point of it), the scare stories spread rapidly. So what can you do to ensure your posts are private? Continue reading

How-to: Limit Profile Visibility On Facebook

Facebook Timeline PrivacyPrivacy is dead. Or so Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook would have us believe. And those two gents with brains the size of a planet would have you believe. And just to prove it, every few months, those folks at Facebok change the way the dam’ thing works, circumventing all those settings you tweaked to control what information about you is displayed, exposing everything about you including the contents of your laundry basket.

It is still within your capability to choose what information about you is publicly displayed. You just have to know how to set it. Again. Sadly, although the controls are there, they are split up in different areas and apply different granularity (individual or groups of items). Continue reading