While setting up a new Facebook account to test out some Facebook apps, a coworker noticed that he had a Friend Request (not a People You May Know suggestion) from his personal account, along with a number of requests from other people. Clicking ‘confirm’ automatically added him as a friend to his personal account, even though he had never sent a request in the first place. Has anyone else had some new friends pop into their list without your knowledge? I tested this out by setting up a new account, and had one friend request show up in that manner (screenshot below), and it was not from my personal account.
Let me know if you have knowledge of this and what causes it to happen. I’ve found a few things about people maybe experiencing the same thing, but no official word from Facebook.
So, I think I’m having fail at updating this too often about things that this blog is supposed to be about, so I’m going to just see if I can update it more often with completely irrelevant items that I find around the Web… just because I can.
So, for starters, I’m sure many of you have seen the guy who gets REALLY excited about the double rainbow he sees while camping (I guess he’s camping). He’s super happy about it and begins to get all deep on us before breaking down into one of those laughing/crying fits. Because I have not experienced a double rainbow personally, this could be the reaction any of us would have.
Here’s the original:
Here’s a mashup with “Rainbow Connection:”
My personal favorite is this one, where an autotuner is used to make him “sing:”
This article at Mashable brings up some good points about how we are perhaps a little too eager to share things via social media, including our location.
Are you an avid user of apps like FourSquare, Google Buzz, or Yelp that allow you to ‘check in’ at the location where you currently are? Have you ever considered that when you do this, you are publishing your current location and the fact that you are not home to complete strangers? Sites like Please Rob Me even help people figure out your patterns and see if you are not at home. Just call it burglary 2.0… or stalking 2.0… depends on what the person viewing your info wants to do.
Is it ever acceptable to publish your location? Sure. If your Twitter feed and Facebook profile is set to private, you are limiting that info to what should be family and friends. However, if your information is getting published publicly, you might be putting yourself at risk. Note that in Google Buzz that if Google knows where you are, they will publish it (oh yeah, had to get my paranoia infused into at least one post today).
So, use these services at your own risk. Is becoming the mayor of McDonald’s truly worth all your valuables?
Thanks to @Tamar, I came across an article that points out how Buzz can expose EVERYONE you email from your Gmail.
UPDATE: To completely rid your Gmail inbox of Buzz, here’s what you do – remove and BLOCK all followers, then unfollow everyone you have followed. Once you have done that, scroll to the bottom of the screen, and find the link that says ‘Turn Off Buzz.’ Click that, and you’re rid of the mess. Click here if you’d like a more detailed guide on how to do this.
Also, I don’t want anyone to think I’m completely anti-Google. I think that Google means well, and they offer some innovative and powerful tools that anyone can use. My issues mostly stem from how they treat user data, and even though the other search engines may collect the same type of data, they don’t hold on to it as long (Bing deletes after six months, Yahoo! 90 days).
With any service you use online, it is your right and your responsibility to know what is being tracked and how it will be used. If you’re not comfortable with it, either leave the service or learn how you can turn those features off. In the case of Google, you simply log in to your Google account and go to your dashboard.