Posts Tagged ‘social networking’
Google vs. Facebook seems to be the many topic of discussion these days around the Interwebs. Some studies show Facebook clearly dominating Google in terms of quantities of visitors (other resources don’t show this). Despite a decade and a half of proving that traffic does not equal success, everyone thinks Google is being dethroned by Facebook like Google dethroned Yahoo years ago.
Google is even feeling the “social” pressure and has responded with a myriad of social failures like Buzz and Wave. Still, Google has the best search engine, best email system, best video sharing system, etc. Facebook… You have your best friends (unless they are like the other 60% of Americans who either aren’t on Facebook or don’t use Facebook).
Do your friends really provide you with the “search results” that would truly interest you? Are your friends a replacement for searching the Internet?
I’d venture to guess that most people’s friends do provide them with topics, resources, etc. that they will be interested in. However, I’d also suggest that most people have a limited spectrum of friends. By that, I mean that like-minded liberals will hangout with each other. Same with conservatives, religious folks, etc.
So, if your news goes social, are you really going to get the full news? Look at someone who only watches MSNBC. Or someone who only watches Fox News. They have a very skewed perspective. Now, Fox argues it’s “Fair and Balanced”. MSNBC argues that Fox News isn’t and admits to having a liberal bias but adhering to a higher calling (got my shovel ready). Besides “The Daily Show“, I can’t think of any news show that actually provides an objective perspective on current events.
Socially skewed news and search results can lead to Groupthink, which is extremely dangerous when it comes to politics as well as limiting when it comes to problem resolution and research. This becomes particularly dangerous when it comes to news and social issues as it essentially places blinders on those performing searches on the Internet. One becomes tunnel visioned in his or her pursuit of knowledge because their social network dictates their search results.
Groupthink and tunnel vision can lead to mediocre and even disappointing results or failure. When outside perspectives are not put in front of us or the resources are not available to find such outside resources, our development is stifled. We become limited to our social network. If our social network claims that something cannot be done. We won’t do it. If our social network claims that something is wrong. It becomes wrong. When our social network claims that something is right. It becomes right.
In other words, if all roads lead to Rome, that’s exactly where we’re going to end up.
Still those with a different social network will find other rights and wrongs and what can and cannot be done. This means that now more than ever, one must expand his or her’s social network exposure. Broadening one’s social network to include both liberals, conservatives, states rights advocates, and others who are outside our normal spectrum is more important than ever. Otherwise, you could ultimately end up in a virtual (social network) cave.
Wall Street Journal Supposed “Investigative” Report of Facebook “Sending” Information to Advertisers is Incomplete Journalism
May 20, 2010 in blogging
Tags: advertising, facebook, facebook privacy, HTTP headers, HTTP_REFERER, internet privacy, investigation, journalism, mashable, personal information, privacy, privacy loopholes, social networking, social networks, technology, Wall Street Journal, web browsers, web servers, WSJ
Mashable posted a link to a Wall Street Journal article with the title “Facebook and Others Caught Sending User Data to Advertisers” (Mashable’s Title, not WSJ). Talk about a sensationalized headline!
The issue at hand here is what Web nerds know as the HTTP_REFERER, which is part of the HTTP headers that your web browser sends to every web server during every single request made to that web server. The HTTP_REFERER header has been around LONG before facebook was even an idea, long before myspace ever existed. It lets the current page request know the page the browser was on prior to the current page. This is valuable information for a lot of reasons, not just because websites want to know where their clicks are coming from (but that’s not what this blog article is about).
WSJ’s “investigative” report claims the following
“For most social networking sites, the data identified the profile being viewed but not necessarily the person who clicked on the ad or link. But Facebook went further than other sites, in some cases signaling which user name was clicking on the ad as well as the user name of the page being viewed.”
The problem with this statement is that is clearly make Facebook out to be some advertising hoodlum with no regard for the privacy of it’s users when that is hardly the case at all.
I’m sure we’ve all seen the 50 foot Facebook URLs like http://www.facebook.com/jaredude/#!?ref=logo/photo=1627836127y/pages/Dinosaurs/75183307096?ref=search&sid=704807817.2984144529..1&v=wall
Well, apparently I like dinosaurs, and I did a search for dinosaurs while I was visiting a friend’s wall. So, Internet advertisers now know that I like dinosaurs and they also know my profile! So, if they make up a profile and become my friend, they will then be able to harvest my “personal” Facebook information to find out that I don’t just like dinosaurs.
Now, I may be a dinosaur with my HTTP_REFERER knowledge, but links opened in a new window (which all Facebook ads do) NEVER contain an HTTP_REFERER. This would mean that this supposed gigantic privacy hOle is just that… a hole! It doesn’t even exist. WSJ could have just called me to get a verification on their “findings”, but they didn’t. Poor investigation WSJ!
Now, playing around with Facebook a bit, I notice that it opens a new window but has a URL from Facebook… OMG! Is this the smoking gun! Are we all doomed?!?!?!!! Here’s the URL that shows up from one of my ads on my profile: http://www.facebook.com/ajax/emu/f.php?eid=AAAAAwAgACAAAAFFvp4ppN6m9Pq4hq0i2rFlgwyY6y-1YtQsEyXKS3PawzDv9weX5sDBV2GHxRjLqLKiscV76VwF7-y68e-AIpUGgJrPMQNdirDzSkjauIPEw6xeyLnT754RNezJRytIA7fsxYSRNXqPq1C3xXMDkeJw3PJiUzC3rN2fTnM8dBPa4XRk5gBsKmMhqBFuUpD340JAefH8PNrxWfV9cdYm2m765XdPTV3oHCQsrRp5yOowx4UOzk61oiDUf5xZ12s2DjG5rGcxheCegMIE7b_aLsFlCt4kcUm4ISvz8FZGOe6YsRWA7kJ9_QhJI-wARu1fO0xuwWMZHTPyh_KV5reo5I6IIh0V-cqcYyg5DGGo05hCkoNgRUakUpuqV84tY_0QCPsSPMHEqb1w62HceiZlszdb7zeusIyzGv-liqZJBRYaakfLyxATXOgH42A8cKBK6iNkUV0V_Nbc-6_47IOAlikTrOSdMPwjJIkmhv3xA4DMT1B6m-y-Te3JEdUs5mOPL_3x_gq_yRE-KgD-lulSgSSdMNmqsu0u4h1pUuuvSkD4eg8.&c=2&f=0&ui=6002535060667-id_4bf5ffe573ac8267871a1&en=1&a=0
Hardly mappable to any personally identifiable information about me, except maybe my personal taste in women 😛
Update: Even TechCrunch has jumped on this story, yet added no real tech information on anything. Funny that they can publish an article a few weeks back talking about how the scrubbed their logs for the HTTP_REFERER and found how little traffic Google Buzz sent them but aren’t intelligent enough to point out that links opened in a new window pass no HTTP_REFERER.
Yes, Facebook has every right to monitor and censor it’s content posted by users. It’s their network and their website. However, their recent choices to censor the links I post on my profile have brought about a new found love of blogging and tweeting. I could go on and on about how they have removed 5 posts of mine in the last 3 days, but I’ve already found a great blog about Facebook’s censorship idiocy.
Facebook’s censorship goes far beyond censoring links posted on a profile though.
TechCrunch just posted an interesting article about Myspace’s “Hail Mary Strategy”. Ultimately, what Myspace is going to “discover” out of any strategy they have is that they cannot succeed with NewCorp. Yes, NewCorp pumps a ton of money into Myspace. Yes, Myspace would not have been able to spend as much as it did over the last several years if it wasn’t for NewCorp. However, that doesn’t mean that Myspace would have failed without NewsCorp.
I’m going to liken Newscorp’s purchase of Myspace to a bailout. Much like the bank and auto industry bailouts, it is a failure. Pump a bunch of money into a failed system and you get Saturn, GM, Chevrolet, Pontiac, AIG, and Myspace.
To be sure, Myspace had plenty of opportunity to join the rest of the Internet in the innovation that took place over the last several years since the purchase of Myspace by NewsCorp. The most notable failures I can think of by myspace:
- Failure to popularize and authentication system like FB Connect
- The continued used of Cold Fusion
- Failure to go ugly (let’s face it, Facebook and Google have shown the world that ugly generates traffic. And by ugly, I mean a simple, clean interface that isn’t cluttered with banner ads)
- Failure to implement AJAX everywhere
- Too little too late with implementing integrations with out websites
I think the last item is the biggest failure and that the mentality inside Myspace stemmed from the culture of NewsCorp. If you look around at the Internet today, the Facebook share button is everywhere. It wasn’t like that not too long ago. Myspace could have integrated with Digg, Youtube, College Humor, and scores of other content aggregation websites. And that’s not all they could have done. They could have developed an elaborate “my space” that allowed users to integrate their information along with their favorite bands, friends, trends, twitter, etc.
What would have happened if Myspace had gone geo last year? Yes, that would have taken development time and a push to jump ship from Cold Fusion (honestly, who uses that anymore?)
Imagine going geo with a combination of calendar, photos, and social networking! Has anyone noticed the lack of a functional web calendaring system in all of the social networks?
Myspace’s focus was on “cool”, which is a huge failure on the Internet. The Internet is not cool. It’s geeky! It’s nerdy. Cool is so not cool anymore!!!
Watching Myspace over the last couple of years is like watching Dr. Evil when he first meets Scott. Myspace continues to try to be cool. Its latest “discover and be discovered” is an attempt at making Myspace cool to use “again and again”. It will only continue the path of Failspace.
How can Myspace be saved? Drop the Newscorp bailout, innovate, leverage the connections with the Entertainment industry, and go ugly.
October 28, 2008 in blogging, cool stuff, culture, inspiration, life, media, News, Radio, technology, thoughts
Tags: charity, facebook, Hayden Panettiere, Joe Marchese, myspace, noble cause, save the whales, saving whales, social networking, social networks, socialvibe, supporting cause, supporting charity, worthy cause
This Thursday, Dean and I are hosting a very special edition of the Jared and Dean WordsCause Radio Show. You may have seen the stuff on Myspace the other day with Hayden Panettiere promoting her cause (very worthy cause BTW, Whaleman). Well, SocialVibe.com is the service she’s using to promote her cause and SocialVibe is what we have!
We’ll have Joe Marchese, a social networking genius, on the show talking about how you too can utilize SocialVibe to make a difference for your cause. With widgets for the great social networks like Myspace and Facebook, you don’t want to miss this special edition of the Jared and Dean WordsCause Radio Show on BlogTalkRadio.com!
It has been entirely too long since my last Fanbox (SPAMBox) posting. I have received 125 SPAM emails from Fanbox. One of the emails actually ended up in my Junk box, but everything else went right into the Inbox. Perhaps Yahoo! has their filter backwards.
I’ve noticed some interesting ploys by Fanbox these days. For instance, of the 125 SPAM emails I received, they were sent by 17 different addresses:
- BuddyPoke (1) – Similar to the Poking you can do on legit social networking websites like Facebook
- Daily Babe (1) – Similar to the classic hot or not phenomenon. I guess Fanbox figured that hot chicks might help get people clicking.
- Daily Dog (2) – As if Cute Overload and ICHCB didn’t have enough cuteness, you can get a dose of Fanbox Animal SPAM with their daily dog feature
- Daily DONT (1) – Shouldn’t this just include not opening Fanbox SPAM emails?
- Do you think (1) – Fanbox is SPAM? YES!
- FanBox Fan (87) – These are the classic Fanbox Fan Requests
- Fans1@fanboxnotes.com (1) – One of the various SPAM note addressed used
- Fans3@fanboxnotes.com (2)
- Fans4@fanboxnotes.com (1)
- Flower Fans (1) – I just saw a message about this SPAM message on my Gadget Panel website. There is an interesting story about Gadget Panel. There was a sudden swell of bogus registrations on the website, all taking place within a matter of minutes. I’m not suggesting that Fanbox was attacking my system or anything. I’m just saying that it was rather interesting that there was a sudden influx of bogus registrations on the Gadget Panel website and a search on Google returns the article about Fanbox SPAM from gadgetpanel.com as the third link.
- Hot a Meter (1) – Yet Another Hot or Not Knockoff
- Kiss (1)
- Kitten Club (1) – Like the daily dog
- KittyPix (1) – More SPAMinal garbage from Fanbox. Can you believe that someone has actually registered the domain spaminal.com?
- PuppyPix (1)
- Question_It (4)
- SuperPing (1) – They are even trying to go after the super geeks!
So much SPAM to keep up with from Fanbox.
I was so excited to hear that Monique had a question waiting for me at Fanbox. Yes, another day with a SPAM from Fanbox. Or as I like to call them SPAMBox. They’ll keep sending, I’ll keep posting. Good news on the Fanbox SPAM front though! Websites like Spam Huntress, Steve Riley, Techcrunch, and even my own blog show up on the first page of a Google search for the keyword fanbox or fanbox.com.
For newbies to the web, typing in the domain name into their default search page is fairly common. The more they can see that Fanbox is indeed a SPAM business, the sooner they can protect themselves from getting phished.
Fanbox.com SPAM! It’s what’s for dinner!!!
I really feel like I providing a great public service by posting about Fanbox SPAM. I’ve noticed that page views to my posts about Fanbox SPAM have gone up lately. Most likely because of their increased SPAMMING. And because I’m currently listed in the #1 spot on Google if you type in Fanbox SPAM.
It would be great to be listed at the #1 spot when someone just types in fanbox or fanbox.com. I’ve found that Internet newbies aren’t familiar with the URL bar. They actually type in the domain name in their Yahoo or Google search box. I’ve seen it happen first hand. These are the poor people who are most likely to get suckered into Fanbox’s SPAM scam. If you’d like to help protect poor, innocent newbies like my grandma, write a blog about Fanbox.com and link to this blog.
There is no need to tell Fanbox to stop. They will just ignore you and keep SPAMMING you and trying to phish your passwords. The more content there is about Fanbox being SPAM, the more the message will get out there. Communication with each other (non-spammers) is the way to fight SPAM.
Check it out! “Elizabeth” asked me a question using the “Curiosity Solution” application on Fanbox.com (aka SPAMBOX)
The Fanbox SPAM continues to fill my inbox these days. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets to the point that I’ll have nothing but Fanbox SPAM posts on my blog! The latest SPAM from Fanbox is a request for someone to be my “fan”. This time it came from Jessica. I know a lot of Jessicas. Hopefully none of them are naive enough to get phished by Lord Fanbox the SPAMBox. Either way, another SPAM from Fanbox and another post by me.
Fanbox SPAM continues to roll in. Today, I received another SPAM from Fanbox “user” Lucy. I don’t know Lucy. Come to think about it, I’ve never known a Lucy. Apparently, she wants to be my fan. Only problem is that I’m not on Fanbox.
Whether its a “fan” request or a “question”, don’t respond to SPAMbox!
Be sure to mark the email as SPAM so that you up their chances of getting blocked.
Don’t register or give out your password. They are phishing for passwords to continue their scam.
Help fight SPAM by blogging about SPAMMERS like Fanbox and linking to websites that are already blogging about Fanbox.
If you checkout Google Trends, there is a sharp increase in searches on Google for fanbox, similar to their trend when they were spamming people through SMS.ac. The blog community can help reduce SPAMMERS like Fanbox by raising awareness and generating search engine results that let people know that Fanbox is a SPAM company.
Have a nice day 😀
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