Facebook the new face of revolution

A few weeks ago a colleague in the office spoke of a mass revolution that was being planned on Facebook, and at that time I jokingly mentioned that the only revolution on Facebook would be all the girls complaining about the stalking guys and the girls might just leave, but funnily the entire story of Egypt and the people’s revolution has actually shut the mouths of many like me.

This however is not the first time that the social media network has been used for the purpose of uniting people in towards a cause, we will all remember the time when the famous “Pink Chaddi” campaign happened in India. If you have been unfortunate to have not heard it, the “Pink Chaddi” campaign was aimed at the anti-valentines day political party from south India, where scores of youngsters posted, couriered, dropped off a pink chaddi in protest of their protest. The group that decided to run the campaign made use of the young population of India who were on Facebook to send a strong message to the hindu extremist party, Sri Ram Sena. At that time I truly believed that Facebook is enabling to provide an awesome platform to collaborate ideas like these, however I remained skeptical of the success in a larger nation wide, political struggle. Once again I have been proven wrong.

Tunisia first and now Egypt, Facebook has been central in connecting the masses and providing upto date information about protest locations, government movements, street videos to provide situation analysis and at the end even regrouping tools. It is unbelievable, that a social networking site can help provide such a unified platform. After the protests began last month, the government began blocking critical news sites and Facebook pages created by protesters.They even went in to phishing to hack profiles to change or close them. Eventually the revolution has happened and is successful, with two countries having success using the platform, there is always going to be more, Sudan is looking to repeat the model along with other Arabic nations.

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Terming these revolutions “Facebook Revolutions” are not really fair, the revolution is by the people and for the people, what Facebook is able to achieve is a right platform for the true principles of democracy, by the people, for the people and to the people. You might very soon see t-shirts of Mark replacing the ones from Che, which is the current face of revolution and freedom.

This might be one of the biggest Facebook Revolutions of our times, but definitely not the last. And this beings me to question the authority of such a service, eventually when Facebook grows from 600 Million to maybe 1 Billion engulfing each and every member of the online world in its app wielding, stalking and revolutionizing platform, it is definitely going to give the likes of Mark Zukerberg the power of a Bond Villain, whether he will use it wisely and be a hero is completely up to him.  What do you guys think ?

Facebook Mistakes – Privacy Settings

Once again, the talk of Facebook and privacy on this blog. I am certain that a lot of us have not really looked into the Facebook Privacy settings closely and for the benefit of the guys reading this blog as well as following the updates on Facebook / Twitter and Buzz, this would hopefully serve as a guide of what you might need to do.

First things first, Facebook is really a huge website, and here I am not talking about the number of people or the functionality that it provides for the sake of connecting and interacting with friends and customers. I am talking about the number of options that are available for an individual using the site. The privacy settings for example is quite a few levels deep as you would probably discover today. Like I mentioned its not the first time I have spoken about the privacy settings on Facebook, some of the previous posts are here :

  1. Check on your Facebook privacy and Fix it with these Online tools
  2. Some New Facebook Settings you probably dont know but should
  3. Facebook – Beware, we have to be careful
  4. 10 Golden rules of using Facebook

So here goes this edition of the privacy settings on Facebook. So, well lets get to the various parts where you can actually let out more information than required.

Sharing on Facebook

Controlling how you share content is important, although the settings are a bit complex it is a process that one would need to go through. There are options to share provided by Facebook, Friends, Friends of Friends or Everyone.

Where : Account > Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook

Don’t forget to preview settings to ensure someone else would see your profile.

Connecting on Facebook

I am not sure you know that you can control who are the people that can get in touch with you, I mean who can add you as friends like Friends of Friends, Everyone etc. You can control can someone just search for your name on Facebook, and add you or send you a message ?

There is a downside to it though if you set your settings too strict around here, you might just be not findable on Facebook.

Where : Account > Privacy Settings > Connecting on Facebook

Facebook Applications

As useful as they are and as much functionality they provide, rechecking and resetting the privacy settings for Facebook apps is something that all of us do need to do. This is where the most of the Information can be stolen about you. In fact the applications usually ask for many settings they can get access into. It is highly probable that you have not reviewed these settings and very well need to.

Like computer maintenance, it is good practice to remove all of the applications that you don’t use as a Facebook Maintenance exercise.

Where : Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites > Apps You Use

Instant Personalization

Instant personalization is a feature that Facebook had introduced a while back, its really for the websites to use as much information about you available to personalize your experience at the site. However, this might be a big issue as the websites will have a lot more information about you than required. With a pretext of enhancing experience, they could misuse the information about you.

You could opt out at websites who use this feature by simply saying “no Thanks” or even ensure that all the sites loose access by unchecking the option here.

Where : Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites > Instant Personalization

Information to Friends

We add a lot more friends than actual “friends’ in real life, on Facebook. Actually they should be called “Acquaintances” and not friends really. Regardless, they have a lot of information about you through Facebook, your relationship status, health status, and recent outings, likes dislikes etc. You might want to hide some information from all the people you add, the real world “friends” would already know your birthday, phone number and you dont need to add it on Facebook.

You should select how much information you want to share about your personal self.

Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites > Info accessible through your friends

Web Searches

Internet search results are really things that are getting deeper and deeper. Eventually soon we need to appear in them as well as protect from how much about us is displayed in them. And you can check that here too. Go and check in public search if you will be shown as a result.

Where : Account > Privacy Settings > Apps and Websites > Public Search

HTTPS connection to browse Facebook

Where : Account > Account Settings > Account Security > Secure Browsing (HTTPS)

Facebook Criminals ! A sign of things to come ?

Previously, I did bring up the issue of weather we are taking Facebook and Twitter too far, especially in relation to Facebook Places, where I mentioned that its not the best way to actually use the Social Network and included a video showing how to disable it. For all those of you who thought that I was just kidding and you don’t need to disable this feature, this one should come as a surprise.

Three guys have just been arrested in the United States for robbery, these guys used the Status Updates of users on Facebook to target them to steal from. This isn’t the first warning about what should and shouldn’t be posted on Facebook, but I find it important to remind Facebook users from time to time that leaving information about what you’re doing as “public status updates” can be dangerous on the social network.

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Facebook – Beware, we have to be careful

First of all, even if you don’t like reading I recommend you read this post. This is not a post about the stupid things that people do on Facebook, in fact there are numerous websites dedicated to what is now known as Facebook FAIL mostly at Facebookfails, Failbook, Lamebook and Failblog . Anyway, this is more to do with the growing concerns regarding the information from everyone that Facebook has made available to the world. In fact I did write a post earlier about the 10 Golden Rules for using Facebook. However, Facebook is something that we always love and will not fail to use, not until a great alternative comes by, and trust there is one on the horizon.

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Mistakes on Facebook that you would regret

I am sure everyone these days posts stuff on Facebook, and certainly a lot of people are not completely cautious of their posts. I did write a few days back about how Facebook is kinda making us very .. er truthful. Well there are amazing examples of people making Facebook blunders, here are some below, with some Failbooking Lessons :

Lesson #1 : Dont trash talk your boss

Lesson #2 : Be thankful for what you have

Lesson #3 : Family comes first

Lesson #4 : Love letters are not for Facebook

Lesson #5 : Geography is important … really !!

Lesson #6 : Blondes have friends too !

Lesson #7 : Don’t Just assume anything based on Facebook Updates

Lesson #8 : Spelling Matters

Lesson #9 : Surprises not to be discussed on FB

Lesson #10 : Parents are using FB these days :)

Lesson #11  : Parents really follow your updates on Facebook

Lesson #12 : Not Everything is to be shared on facebook

Lesson #13 : Boys will be Boys

Lesson #14 : Not everyone is your friend

It is now so great that there is a complete website dedicated to “FAIL’booking as it is called. Check out the website at http://www.failbooking.com or you can check them out on Facebook itself on their Facebook Fan page here.