Monthly Archives: August 2009

Facebook apps stealing your data? Facebook shuts some down

We often give you insight into controlling the data you share across the networks and teaching the kids on what should be considered good sharing and bad sharing.  This falls into reputation control.

Apparently some apps were pulling your credentials and starting to spam your contacts with phishing sites.  Trend Micro are reported to have uncovered them and reported back to Facebook who pulled them.  Be on the lookout for some of the following:

So far, six malicious applications have been identified: "Stream", "Posts", "Your Photos", "Birthday Invitations", "Inbox (1)," "Inbox (2)"

So this goes beyond the simple matter of what information your produce but into the matter of friends trusting the links you produce and protecting that reputation.  If you start spamming contacts or sending harmful information, they soon distrust your data and many remove you as contacts.

Peek at the links before clicking and pay special attention to the applications you are loading.  For the younger audience, this screenshot from Trend Micro shows where to start looking.

Is Facebook and twitter making our youth narcissistic?

As I sat here at lunch, CNN just asked (and I mean 5 minutes ago), are our youth becoming narcissistic with the usage of Facebook and Twitter?  First, let’s define what a person with that disorder might be before giving my opinion:

Narcissistic personality disorder is a condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, extreme self-involvement, and lack of empathy for others. Individuals with this disorder are usually arrogantly self-assured and confident. They expect to be noticed as superior. Many highly successful individuals might be considered narcissistic. However, this disorder is only diagnosed when these behaviors become persistent and very disabling or distressing

So the youth in question must self-promote and inflate themselves as have no empathy to others?  Sounds like every bulletin board, social site and a lot of blogs to me.

The idea of Facebook is sharing minutia about your day and life as well as communicating that to a broad audience.  Twitter takes that to another level with short bursts of messages, instead of longer details on walls and postings in Facebook.

I don’t think these sites have any influence on growing this in our youth, just exposing it to a wider audience at a faster rate.  There are many of our youth calling for help across the networks, and many friends that spend time online trying to help them.  Is it the removal of the face to face interaction that brings this to our attention?  Where the parents and public can read in near real-time the interaction between teens.  Where before, the conversations were private or on the phone in the closet in their room?

You tell me, do you think the youth or the same, more or less than previous?

Sued for privacy concerns – Facebook isn’t the the real cause

The San Francisco Chronicle just ran an article "Facebook sued over privacy concerns " outlining who and why they are being sued.  I can summarize the entire thing in a couple sentences:

User joins a site in the past, present or future.
User does not read any of the privacy or Terms of Use data on the screen
User does not understand all the various privacy controls
Site updates Terms of Service and notifies user
User ignores updates
Site adds, enhances, changes or modifies privacy controls and notifies users
User ignores updates
User figures out that they have had all their personal data wide open to the universe
User sues site

Now then, we have the circle revolving around the user once again.  I am unclear in what way the site is responsible for the user not knowing how to control the sharing of their own information they willingly provided.  This is not a credit reporting service where you have your data sent to suppliers that sell it without you knowing what data is really there.  You have to manually go and check to verify the integrity of the data.

Utilizing Facebook is the total opposite.  You willingly sign up, willingly place data and willingly have total control over what is shared and to whom.  The privacy controls are quite extensive, as we have even shown in videos.  It is all up the the user to follow along the changes and options for a site they participate in.

The only variance to this is if Facebook started using your pictures in advertising and had never sent you notifications that it was taking place.  Thereby giving you the chance to hide or pull photos from your collections.

Privacy on the sites is more than a right they give you in the Terms of Service.  It is a responsibility of the user to understand, set and update on their own as long as the controls are available.