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Your Facebook information will not be saved for future use

February
28

CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared on the TODAY show with Meredith Vieira yesterday. The goal of the interview was to clear up controversy surrounding a change of their terms of service last week. The change claimed ownership of members’ personal data and postings, even after they cancel their Facebook memberships.

“Frankly, we made a mistake in the last version and issued some unclear language,” Zuckerberg told Lauer. “Our intent is that people own their own information. One of the things that makes Facebook really special is it’s a service that people are using to put up information that they want to share with people that often is very personal, private, intimate.”

If a member decides to leave Facebook and takes down his or her page, he added, “None of that information will be shared with anyone going forward.”

Chalk up one for the good guys.

Posted by lvollmer on Saturday, February 28th, 2009 at 5:55 pm |
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Your privacy is safe for now

February
18

Due to a ton of complaints, Facebook has backed off on its proposal to permanently house all data on a user, even after said user deletes their Facebook account.

Mark Zuckerberg released the following statement today on the Facebook blog:

“A couple of weeks ago, we revised our terms of use hoping to clarify some parts for our users. Over the past couple of days, we received a lot of questions and comments about the changes and what they mean for people and their information. Based on this feedback, we have decided to return to our previous terms of use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.”

I am curious to see how this plays out. If your privacy is a major concern, you may want to consider deleting your current account and sign back up when the terms of service are finalized.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
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Better watch what you upload on Facebook

February
18

If you have logged into Facebook in the past day or so, you may have seen this message on the top of your screen.

A few days ago, Facebook modified its terms of use. The new terms grant Facebook permanent rights to users’ photos, wall posts and other information even after a user closes their account.

That means any status update, photo, wall post, note etc. will be owned by Facebook .forever. That is kind of alarming.

In an effort to make the language of the terms easier to read, Facebook is in the process of modifying it’s terms of use. The bottom line is that you have to be more careful then ever if you wish to keep your Facebook account. If someone tags you in something inappropriate, then simply untag it. Watch what you upload and what you write and you should be ok.

Posted by lvollmer on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
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You know you spend too much time on Facebook when…

January
16

You go through your day thinking in terms of status updates.

I’ve noticed — and I’m not proud of this — that I have been boiling basically everything I do during the day down to 140 characters in my mind. Anyone else with me on this one?

“Diana Costello is…” keeps running through my brain like an annoying song you wish would just get out of your head!

And it doesn’t help that I recently added the “Twidget” to my Mac Dashboard here at work. Do you know what this is?

It’s a Twitter widget that I can access right from my dashboard, with just a simple flick of the mouse to the bottom-righthand corner of my screen, because that’s how I set up my user preferences. The Twidget is synced up to automatically update my Facebook status, making it waaaaay too easy for me to post all day long.

It’s such a fascinating phenomenon, really, this whole status update thing. Deep down, are we trying to confirm our existence or something; putting ourselves out there as proof that we are actually here, living, doing, status updating? Are we longing for friendship; looking for a response to let us know we’re not alone? Are we self-absorbed; thinking that every little thing we do is worthy of broadcasting to every person we know?

Ok, maybe that’s a little over the top. I don’t know. But still, I’m hooked and I know from the frequency with which some of my Facebook friends post that I’m not alone. (So don’t even try to front!)

Posted by Diana Costello on Friday, January 16th, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
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Facebook disables the Whopper Sacrifice application

January
15

In your face, slackers.

Facebook has not issued an official reason, but the social network site has disabled the Whopper Sacrifice application. 233,906 friends were sacrificed before facebook pulled the plug on the application.

Burger King must issue at least 23,390 free Whopper coupons.

Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
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I am the proud recipient of a free Whopper

January
13

Well, I did it. I sacrificed ten of my facebook friends for a free whopper and it was rather painless.

Earlier in the week my co-worker, and eligible bachelor, Chris Serico posted a facebook status that turned me on to WhopperSacrifice.com. If you install the Whopper sacrifice application to your facebook account and delete ten friends, you will receive a coupon for a free Whopper.

I installed it and was immediately able to trim some excess fat off of my facebook friend list. A few girls that I don’t even know requested me when I initially opened the account. Sayonara to them. Immediately I was 60 percent closer to a flame broiled treat. A few people from high school didn’t make the cut either. I didn’t talk to them back then, nor do I talk to them now. See ya. Whopper time for me.

The application itself is clever, yet does not run as efficiently as I’d like. It was slow and clunky at times.

The application imports your friend list. You can click one of your friends and the application will allow you to delete them. It then takes the default facebook photo of the “sacrificed friend” and burns it in front of you. Pretty cool.

In this case, Kari bites the dust.

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Posted by lvollmer on Tuesday, January 13th, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
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Want a free whopper?

January
12

Let’s face it. Times are tough and Whoppers are pretty delicious. Burger King will give you a free whopper if you install the “Whopper Sacrifice” application for facebook. All you have to do is give the axe to ten of your facebook friends and you will get a coupon for a free Whopper.

I know I can find ten people to trim off of my facebook friend list and I bet you can too. According to the website , almost 200,000 facebook friends have been “sacrificed”. I keep checking my friend count to see if I have been defriended. So far I have evaded the cut.

(Photo:Business Wire)

Posted by lvollmer on Monday, January 12th, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
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My favorite things to do using SMS

November
20

I text a lot. Like a massive amount. I know I am not the only one. I see it everywhere around me. People are texting at the grocery store, on the highway, at the gym, in the mall, and at the bar.

My mom even texts now.

When you send and receive as many text messages as much as I do, you come to learn about some cool things you can do with your cell phone using SMS (Short Message Service) technology. I have compiled a list of some of my favorite things to do using SMS.

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Posted by lvollmer on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 11:36 am |
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Democracy, meet Facebook.

November
12

Finally! After years of imposing draconian applications, advertising trackers and layout designs on Facebook users, the superpower of social networking will finally let us have our say, according to The Wall Street Journal tech blog.

Starting this week, Facebook users can vote on two new applications. One lets you pass a greeting card around to all your friends to “sign.” How about that group “Feel Better From Your Hangover Soon” card you always wanted to send? The other ap is a personalized news service that creepily predicts what kind of news you’ll like. What about predicting what we won’t like? Now there’s a push for a real informed public.

The voting application itself is a hidden advertisement for the company that built it, a clever way Facebook is trying to stir the inner consumer Facebook users.

Oh, Dobbs Ferry kid Mark Zuckerberg, you were so much dreamier when you were just the nerdy guy in the dorm who could supp up a Commodore computer.

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Posted by Theresa Juva-Brown on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
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