Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Stupidity in the age of facebook.

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Vancouver rioters identified thanks to digital photos and facebook posts.


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Everloop is a social networking site directly geared toward users between the ages of 8 and 15, although younger users are allowed to open accounts.  It encourages, but does not require parental involvement and the site is COPPA compliant.  It also just secured $3.1 million in additional funding from such investors as vFormation, Band of Angels, Deena Burnett-Bailey, Envoi Ventures, Richard Chino, and Wayne Goodrich… and this is over and above the funding it secured previously.  There are other sites trying to market social networking for kids.  Clearly Everloop is the one the VC crowd thinks is the most viable.

The problem I have with Everloop is not because of Everloop, but because of facebook.  Everloop is trying to solve a problem that facebook has no desire whatsoever to solve, and that is the problem of the consequence of children using social networking with little or no supervision, though the argument of exactly whose responsibility it is to ensure safety is a debate for another article.  To Everloop, children seem to be a class that needs some semblance of protection even though somehow that class fits into its revenue stream (rest assured, Everloop will advertise the hell out of those kids).  Facebook has so many users already, it can operate under the same premise the Chinese government operates under:  Use ’em however you want.  There’s more where they came from.

Anatomy of a poorly executed smear campaign.

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It all starts:  A mystery client hires top PR firm Burson-Marsteller to execute a smear campaign against Google by claiming that Google’s Social Circle violates the privacy rights of Gmail users.

May 3, 2011:  John Mercurio of Burson-Marsteller tries to convince a blogger to write an op-ed piece critical of Google which Mercurio claims he can get re-printed in outlets like The Washington Post, Politico, The Huffington Post, and other “top-tier media outlets.  After turning down the opportunity with a skeptical “Who’s paying for this?”  The email exchange is made public on the internet.

May 6, 2011:  USAToday publishes an article outting former CNBC news anchor Jim Goldman and former political columnist John Mercurio as the two Burson employees behind the campaign.

May 12, 2011:  The Daily Beast uncovers and confirms that the mystery client is facebook.

Facebook Messages

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And why you should run screaming away… far, far away… from facebook messages.

Down goes Facebook.

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Looks like is experiencing what is being described as a ‘service disruption.’  Let’s see how many users are staring at their monitors yelling “WORK DAMN YOU!!!!!!” and experiencing the internet’s version of a nicotine fit.

Irony, thy name is Zuckerberg.

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Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of, apparently played it fast and loose in the area of privacy with his social networking prototype at Harvard, referring to those that submitted their personal information to his site as “dumb fucks.”

Now, I have a facebook account, and like many others, have noticed a disturbing trend toward the amount of your information that is left open to everyone by default.   That being said, because of this trend I periodically check my privacy settings to make sure that they are adjusted accordingly.  I also make sure that I don’t put every aspect of my life on public, or even semi-public display.  This goes for every social networking site on which I participate, not just facebook.

I don’t have a ton of sympathy for those who put their entire life on social networking sites and but then proceed to bitch about invasions of privacy.  These individuals are kind of like the people that whine about their weight while they’re eating six big Macs and a diet Coke.  On this level,  Zuckerberg has a point.

However, referring to the whole of your userbase, whether a few thousand or a hundred million, as “dumb fucks” shows what can happen when your company has a CEO just out of puberty with no adult supervision.

Anyhoo, I took the aforementioned article and posted on facebook, with all the privacy settings for that posting removed.

Who’s the dumb fuck now?

CNN is just finding out about this now.


Marketers mine your facebook page for information.