Facebook has moved from merely being a walled garden into openly attacking its users' ability and willingness to navigate the rest of the web. The evidence that this is true even for sites which embrace Facebook technologies is overwhelming, and the net result is that Facebook is gaslighting users into believing that visiting the web is dangerous or threatening. In this post I intend to not only document the practices which enable this attack, but to also propose a remedy.
<img src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/gadgetlab/2011/12/zuckerberg_timeline.jpeg" alt="" title="zuckerberg_timeline" width="660" height="440" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-85207" /> Yesterday, Facebook rolled out its new Timeline feature to the masses. This ultra-illustrative, chronological listing of posts, photos, shared links, check-ins, and more is a radically different arrangement than the Facebook profile you’ve been used to. And now that your life can be exposed for everyone to see — and scrutinize — you may be interested in curating the new interface.
Over the weekend, Dave Winer wrote an article at Scripting.com explaining how Facebook keeps track of where you are on the web after logging in, without your consent. Nik Cubrilovic dug a little deeper , and discovered that Facebook can still track where you are, even if you log out. Facebook, for its part, has denied the claims . Regardless of who you believe, here's how to protect yourself, and keep your browsing habits to yourself. The whole issue has stirred up a lot of debate in privacy circles over the past few days.
An alarming number of sites publish your name, address, and other information online. If you want to remove your data from sites like ZabaSearch and WhitePages.com, reddit user pibbman (via LawyerCT) has compiled a helpful list of them with links to the opt-out forms and instructions. For most of these sites you just need to fill out an online form to have your information removed. A few annoying ones require more hoops to jump through.
You may not be ready to ditch Facebook for good, but now that you've had a chance to kick the tires on Google+, you might be ready to make it your go-to social network. The problem: You've built up a lot of friends, photos, videos, and other data on Facebook over the years, and you don't want to simply lose all that data. Here's how to migrate it all from Facebook to Google+.
In the past few weeks we’ve taken a gander at trends like big data and the network effect . Let’s dive into the burgeoning world of Social Business . This new generation of technologies is rising up to meet a growing demand for connectivity and transforming all aspects of business. Amid the chaos, new markets and leaders will emerge. Journalists will embrace them, and PR pros will manage the process. Let’s dive into the ballooning popularity of social business.
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