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Thanks To All Social Network Users

Thanks to all the users, including myself, of Fookbase, iCloud, Google+, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Dropbox, Flickr and other such sites for contributing to the increase in global warming. Job well done.

 

Web users have better social lives, study finds. (Misplaced trust?)

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Proud to be among the 8% that do not (no longer) use fookbace and the 13% that use Twitter. Can’t believe that so many trust fookbace with their privacy. Talk about misplaced trust. See that fb is losing members in Canada and the U.S. (http://www.insidefacebook.com/?p=52528) Those ex-members must know something.

Facebook Finds A New Way To Liberate Your Gmail Contact Data (Facebook Is A Dangerous Black Hole)

That huge sucking sound you hear is Facebook, piling data from third parties into its mouth as fast as it can while it remains stubbornly greedy about releasing its own data to anyone it doesn’t like. Which is mostly Google these days, since Yahoo and AOL completely surrendered and Microsoft actually owns part of them.

Google shut them down last week, restricting API access and effectively blocking contacts exports to Facebook in any automated way. This is, I wrote, the true beginning of data protectionism.

Now Facebook has found a way around that restriction. They’re leveraging a Google feature that lets users download their own data for their own use – part of Google’s golf-clap worthy data liberation effort. They’ve hacked a solution around the block by giving users a direct deep link to the download feature. And then users can upload that file directly to Facebook.

Can Google block this? One engineer I spoke with says yes, but it will be difficult: “If Google wanted to, they could block it immediately. it’s pretty simple. just put a CSRF token on the url to block deep linking but that might fuck up other CSV flows. Maybe they have an outlook importer or something. facebook really went aggressive here.”

It’s also a big middle finger to Google.

Update: Google’s response here.

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Website: google.com
Location: Mountain View, California, United States
Founded: September 7, 1998
IPO: August 19, 2004

Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including:… Learn More

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Website: facebook.com
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States
Founded: February 1, 2004
Funding: $836M

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.

Facebook was founded by… Learn More

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Another reason why I call Facebook a black hole. Everything goes in but nothing comes out. Facebook is a dangerous online community. It is getting freaky. I would rather trust my online info to the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. Thanks Toto.

Following Timothy Leary. Unsubscribing from newsletters. Getting ready for a quieter and smaller online social life.

 Turning on my body, tuning into my health, dropping out of a few online social communities.

BBC News – Facebook alternative Diaspora eyes launch date YES!!

Can’t wait. Will certainly try it out. Interested in their privacy policy. Facebook is too big and too much into itself. If it looks good will be difficult to leave Facebook and so many new and old friends. That’s the problem.

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