Facebook continues to try to fight against compromised accounts. I know the other day I was online in Facebook when an old friend started talking to me about her trip to England where she was mugged and needed money to be able to get home. The story was quite in depth and the ability to reference that person’s friends and family was impressive. All except the part where I know that person is not in England. I let her know he Facebook as compromised and she should go to: http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=420 to submit to Facebook to have the account taken down.
If they have not changed the account email you can try the “forgot your password” link and reset it. Likely they have changed the password and started send spam. How did they get in? Most likely through malware on your PC or browser. Facebook is too large to verify every account so typically they will just delete you so you can start your Facebook like all over again, bummer.
If you are going to use Facebook on a public computer, try out their new feature, temporary passwords. You have to already put in your mobile phone number into Facebook. Then text “otp” to 32665 and get a password that will work for only the next 20 minutes.
It is either innovative solutions like this or more security questions like what color was your favorite dog…
Facebook announced an online press conference which was held yesterday. The internet was a buzz about a possible Facebook phone or Facebook tablet-like device. Instead they announce 3 rather simple features around privacy and control. I found the anti announcement odd because if you are a Facebook user you know that Zuckerberg and his team change whatever they want about the interface whenever they want without warning or consultation. Anyway enough confusion here is what these changes can do for you and your presence online.
1. Groups. New groups feature will allow you to group your friends and have different statuses to different groups. I think most will pass over this feature but for our business customers this means they can use their main Facebook account but create a “Clients” group and provide selective information and posting. I think this may really help break the barrier to entry for some business people afraid to merge their business and personal Facebook life.
2. Download your personal data. This is an interesting new option. You can download recent posts/information/pictures kind of like a WordPress backup. I think this is an attempt to create a standard in interoperability between social media platforms. When I first read about it I was hoping it was a way to EXTRACT all your personal data out of the hands of Zuckerberg but no luck its just a backup.
3. A new Dashboard for apps. Those pesky applications which keep piling up can now be more easily added and removed like your iphone Apps. A nice feature but hardly worth a press conference.
So there it is in a few short paragraphs… I will be holding my won press conference to announce that I just had a press conference shortly.
So you have heard about Net Neutrality and don’t know enough to have an intelligent discussion about the issue. First a few resources on the subject: (Note this is a political issue and a technical one so read both sides of everything)
Net Neutraility represents the issue of the internet, or our access to the internet which not matter who your provider is will eventually rely on one or more of a small group of major wire runners in the U.S. folks like AT&T and Verizon. There is currently no regulation on the internet. This is in some ways by design, there is no regulation, no tax etc. to allow the internet to bolster the U.S. economy and allow the free market to run free. The other side of the lack of regulation coin is that in theory, though never done, AT&T and Verizon could one day decide to give preference to certain traffic for compensation. They could allow traffic to and from say the New York times go through faster than the traffic to this blog. Some argue that its Verizon’s right to do so given the costs they have experienced laying copper and fiber throughout the U.S. Others see this as an opportunity for great abuse and perhaps a real challenge to small businesses. Would facebook gotten off the ground if they could have only support 100 users because they couldn’t PAY for enough speed to be allowed to their site?
The second link about is to the proposers of the most current legislation, no not your senator, but Google. Google, a private company with Verizon are trying to pass a moderate version of a bill in order to get some protection on the books now. Note that this proposals balance point is that it curiously makes an argument that wireless net neutrality should not exist. Perhaps they are biased since they are buddies with Verizon, perhaps not.
What is important is that Net Neutrality could drastically alter our daily internet experience. The great power of the internet comes from the ability for everyone to have a voice on the same playing field. Its up to us and our government to help find the balance on this issue before an offer to an ISP gets too big to say no to.