Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Facebook Profiles Show Email in Plain Text

February 4, 2010

Facebook has made the move to post users email addresses on their Facebook profiles in plain text again, having changed it initially for security reasons.

Frankly, I already get enough mail from Facebook

Indeed, it seems that the initial reasons for Facebook not simply posting the addresses in plain text are fairly obvious; it prevents just anyone from rifling through Facebook and auctioning off bundles of email addresses that are known to be in use to any unscrupulous individual who might use them for nefarious purposes. Until now, Facebook has boasted users’ email addresses on their profiles as images, but this has now shifted back to plain text.


Facebook Briefly Adds Music App

February 3, 2010

It seems that Facebook has added an apparently official music app to its lineup, before fairly quickly disappearing the app from the pages of people who’d noticed it.

Face. Book.

It’s interesting stuff, especially given the fact that so many had pointed to Facebook as one service that could benefit hugely from the addition of an officially sanctioned music service. TechCrunch is reporting that, during its relatively brief life, the Facebook Music app responded in the same manner as other official Facebook apps, bringing you to a page marked if you clicked through it, though there was nothing on the page. The app has since gone missing, interestingly enough.


Twitter Forces Users to Change Passwords

February 2, 2010

It seems that Twitter has been forcing some users who it believes to have had their accounts compromised in a recent phishing attack to change their passwords.

I can never remember if it's 'fail wale' or 'fale wale' 😦

It seems that Twitter has pre-empted those who would-be victims of the phishing attack by messaging them in advance, warning of the issue and then instituting a mandatory password reset. Indeed, the message from the folks at Twitter, as obtained from the fine folks at TheNextWeb simply reads,


Facebook Picks Up Speed

February 2, 2010

It seems that Facebook has been picking up speed since the implementation of a new PHP compiler, with reports indicating as much as an 80% speed increase.

For now, people are just hoping Facebook open sources its new PHP arrangement...

Word of the new, internally developed PHP compiler comes via ReadWriteWeb, which indicates that Facebook has “rewritten the PHP runtime from scratch,” resulting in that nice 80% bump. While all of this is still technically unofficial, it’s been confirmed by a fairly wide array of different sources, so it’s being treated as “all but announced” for now.


Facebook Profile Sees Drunk Driver Imprisoned

February 1, 2010

A dubiously titled Facebook photo has led to the imprisonment of 17-year-old Ashley Sullivan who, thanks to her Facebook photos, was refused “youthful offender” status.

Word comes from BuffaloNews that Sullivan pleaded guilty to”criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated” after a car crash that killed her boyfriend. One month later, Sullivan is reported to have gone to Florida, during which trip she uploaded photos to her Facebook page, fairly simply titled “Drunk in Florida.”


Blame Canada! Facebook Face Privacy Questions

January 28, 2010

Right, now that we’ve got that fantastic little number from the South Park movie dancing around your head, time to tell you the full story. It seems that Canada’s privacy commissioner is starting a probe into Facebook’s practices following a series of complaints about the privacy policies of the site.

Facebook employees make their feelings known.

The BBC report that the complaints concern a tool that Facebook introduced in late 2009 that makes users of the site review their privacy settings. The complaint alleges that the tool makes it harder for Facebook users to manage who sees personal information, something which a friend of ours was complaining about only last night (only they used more four-letter words and moved the discussion on to ‘that bloody Turbidy’ afterwards).


Facebook Friends May Not be Real Friends

January 26, 2010

It’s what you’ve always suspected but never quite wanted to admit to yourself, it nagged you when you approved all those friend requests and has bugged you ever since. The great realisation that quite a lot your Facebook friends aren’t real friends at all.

Should you set a cut off point at 150 friends?

Yep, a recent study by Oxford University professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Robin Dunbar has given ammunition to anybody out there who has avoided ‘FriendFace’ and taken the mickey out your claims to have upwards of four hundred mates. Dunbar claims that a human brain is limited to keeping up with about 150 meaningful relationships, regardless of how many Facebook friends you might have.


Pope Encourages Priests to Blog

January 25, 2010

In a message to leaders of the Catholic Church across the world, Pope Benedict XVI has urged them to become a little more au fait when it comes to building an online presence.  The announcement was made in a speech regarding the theme of this year’s World Communications Day (May 16), entitled, ‘The Priest and Pastoral Ministry in a Digital World: New Media at the Service of the Word’. Catchy.

The last guy really didn’t like Twitter…

The Pope told members of the church, “The world of digital communication, with its almost limitless expressive capacity, makes us appreciate all the more Saint Paul’s exclamation: ‘Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel’.” Pope Benedict continued, “Priests are thus challenged to proclaim the Gospel by employing the latest generation of audiovisual resources – images, videos, animated features, blogs, websites – which, alongside traditional means, can open up broad new vistas for dialogue, evangelization and catechesis.”


Facebook Phishing Attacks Set to Explode in 2010

January 25, 2010

Under the fairly foreboding heading of ‘Tsunami of spam ahead as Facebook targeted’, The Times have an interesting report today on how social networks will be relentlessly targets by cyber criminals over the coming year.

It does exactly what it says on the tin… (sorry)

This is all on the back of a Cisco media release that makes the claim that worldwide spam levels may mushroom by up to 40% compared to last year with spam now regarded as a “multi-million dollar industry”. Phishing scams are rated as the greatest threat and the article makes note of how phishing comes “mostly in the guise of e-mails from banks and financial institutions but recently spammers have hooked onto social networks”. It adds, “Users of Facebook, which has 350 million members worldwide, are much more likely to respond to messages that appear to come from friends”.