Rockefeller, Bono Mack seek explanations from Facebook

Rockefeller, Bono Mack seek explanations from Facebook.

Gotta read the full article to appreciate the last paragraph… a real CHARM.

““Facebook has never been the poster child for security,” Steinberg says. “This situation reinforces that concept. If some form of beach occurred and information that you configured to be viewable by only your friends became viewable by the entire world it is unlikely that Facebook is going to compensate you. But they can gather information about you and advertise to you. In many ways, you are Facebook’s product, not its customer.””


Tips for Replacing Your Site’s SEO

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If you are a beginner in the web business, this article will discuss the importance (or NOT) of SEO, and how you can get the maximum traffic to your web site. So if you have been wondering why your web pages get little traffic compared to other similar sites, or why your page rankings don’t seem to budge, read on!
SEO is NOT as important as it used to be
Studies show that Facebook already has over five hundred million users and counting! If Facebook was a country, it would be the third most populous right behind China and India. If it grows with the same trends it has shown in the last few months, Facebook would in fifteen months equal the population of India!
To make use of the opportunities that Facebook provides, why not incorporate a ‘like’ button on your site, which automatically lets people promote your pages on Facebook?
News sites also offer a suitable alternate to using search engines! People who take news sites seriously log on to their favorite sites for virtually any piece of information they may need – no more search engines for THESE people!
Most often people do not mind spending just one second to click and promote something that has proved to be a useful resource.
Keyword stuffed articles just do NOT work today! Give your users content that they are truly looking for,
Blogging is today bigger than it ever was before.
You can find information on anything from the latest breaking news to scientific research, using Twitter!
if you run a local business, it makes far more sense to put up an ad on Craigslist, than to rely on SEO to get you your clients! If you have a business that sells products, try and get associated with Amazon



Privacy, Security, Facebook Apps

Like to play Facebook games? Glad I never indulged. Oops… what about those Causes?

I’m sure you’ll find this article …. quite revealing.

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Why Facebook Apps Story Is Problem For Entire Web

October 19, 2010

Over the weekend, the Wall Street Journal, in its continuing series of excellent articles about online privacy, released a controversial story about Facebook apps transmitting identification information to outside advertisers — in clear violation of Facebook policies.  In response, a number of other media outfits have collectively shrugged their shoulders, maintaining that sending this information happens all the time and no one should be particularly concerned.  Did the Journal overreact?  Or are others missing the point?

The Journal reported that all of the top ten apps on Facebook (e.g., Farmville, Causes, Mafia Wars, etc.) were inadvertently sending along a user’s Facebook ID to the advertising partners that delivered ads while users interacted with the apps
The allegation here is not that the apps were sending along private info from your Facebook profile.  It’s that those apps’ advertisers could easily query Facebook for your real name identity based on the Facebook ID. 
linked to a unique cookie named “G5reR64ewge32” or the like.  Heretofore, linking those “anonymous” (really pseudonymous) profiles to real name identity has been a Rubicon that the advertising industry has been reluctant to cross.
last May, it was shown that Facebook had been inadvertently sending out real name IDs in referring urls to its own advertisers; Facebook quickly fixed the problem then, but should have considered whether there were other opportunities for identifying urls to leak off the site.

We hope that Facebook and its apps developers work quickly to stem this latest leak of identifying info.  As some bloggers have posited, it could be as easy as sticking a solitary character into referring urls.

Referring urls may be normal, but they do not have to include IDs that can be linked to other identifying information.
Alternatively (or better yet, in addition), browsers could be configured to stop sending along referring IDs with every HTTP request.  (CDT will be issuing a report next month comparing the various browser’s privacy controls, including controls over blocking transmission of referring urls.)  For years, the browser makers have had the ability to fix this issue (and similar ones) across the entire web, not just Facebook, and the time is long overdue for strong default privacy settings to be built directly into every browser.Read more at