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Facebook testing ‘highlight’ feature, lets users pay $2 to promote their status updates — Engadget

by on May.11, 2012, under Other Posts

Wow… Step 1) Implement “Top Stories” sorting to bury half of friends’ status updates. Step 2) Implement “Share” to clog up feeds with BS. Step 3) Start charging users to have their status updates seen by friends.

via Facebook testing ‘highlight’ feature, lets users pay $2 to promote their status updates — Engadget.

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Fridge Creates Private Mini Social Networks for You and Your Friends – Lifehacker

by on Jun.09, 2011, under Other Posts

I find this trend in websites very disturbing: I can’t create an account and use your service unless I give you access to all of my Facebook data–does anyone else see a problem with this? In many respects isn’t this like granting a website access to your email account?

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GPS Location in Photos

by on Oct.12, 2010, under Technology

Shafer Corn Maze, October 2010 - Viewed in Picasa

I’ve turned on “Store Location” in the camera settings of my Android phone.  It seems like a neat idea: be able to keep track which restaurant a friend’s birthday was at, or that great place we sat for fireworks last Fourth of July.

I guess it didn’t initially occur to me the privacy implications of sharing these pictures on some social media websites.  I tested out the availability of the location information on photos shared on Facebook and Twitter (via TwitPic).  These services both have some kind of resizing action performed on them which strips out this (and other) metadata from the file.  Tumblr however is one I’ve discovered which doesn’t do anything to the photo.

On the one hand this is good: you get to have your high-res photos unaltered on your Tumblr blog, and possibly you could update your theme to use this data some how.  For the average user however, this could be an easy way for someone to find out where you live.

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Facebook Knows What I’m Thinking

by on Dec.09, 2008, under Random Stuff

I just posted this comment to my Facebook:

… is asking the Facebook community what he should do with his two-week unpaid forced vacation.

After the AJAX updated, I see this in the sidebar:


…earlier today I jokingly told a friend I was going to watch the entire original Star Trek series during my two-week unpaid forced vacation–COINCIDENCE?!…I think not.

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by on Dec.03, 2008, under Oops...I Forgot a Category

I was up until 4:30 AM working on this 1,350-word paper, a argumentative review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and my last paper for Composition I.  Things weren’t going too well until about 2:00 when I finally decided on a thesis…then it really started cooking.

Going back to school after a 10-year “sabbatical” has been difficult, but not for the reasons I anticipated.  I was concerned with aptitude, study habits and time management–even being ostracized by my “peers” for my comparative old age.  But to my surprise the most challenging aspect has been resuscitating my creativity.  It may sound simple in concept but the art of articulating a personal belief or opinion on a subject through writing and speech when you’ve just been 9-to-5’ing it for so long…gosh.  Tell me what to write, I’ll write it…just tell me to write and I’ll stay up until 4:30 in the morning “freewriting” for a thesis.

My last action of the evening before passing out on the couch was to post on my Facebook the message:

“is putting way too much effort into a first draft.”

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Now I Know Why Tinfoil-Heads Don’t Like Facebook

by on Nov.18, 2008, under Technology

Back when MySpace was still a social networking site and not an ad-engine, I started hearing about Facebook–mostly for its privacy issues.  I remember hearing something about how users couldn’t figure out how to delete their accounts–and then, even if they managed to make it through the labyrinth of menus to actually delete, some of their content still remained.

I never cared much about it; if you’re uncomfortable with your information becoming a part of the “cloud”, social networking sites are probably not the place you want to be posting pictures of your kids.  I guess I was pretty ignorant of the whole issue, until the other day when I was buying movie tickets for my wife to go see the new Twilight movie (see really liked the book series).  I still had Facebook open in Firefox, when I opened Fandango to buy her tickets.  After purchasing, I got this pop-up:

Having Facebook and Fandango open in your browser at the same time has some interesting "features".

Having Facebook and Fandango open in your browser at the same time has some interesting "features".

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