Well, FB is at it again. They mailed users at 11 p.m. on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving with an update to the [Data Governance documents](https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-site-governance/proposed-updates-to-our-governing-documents/10152304935685301). You can leave any comments by 9:00 AM PST on November 28, 2012. Continue reading FB slips new data use policy for review the night before Thanksgiving
[Facedeals](http://redpepperland.com/lab/details/facedeals) has been getting attention lately for a new technology that uses FB data to match video of customers coming into shops and determine identity and likes, then send customers contextualized coupons for that store. There are many concerns coming from privacy advocates and even FB is keeping silent on this. Continue reading Facedeals stirring up privacy concerns
Well, things are looking awfully wobbly over at FB’s Death Star IPO. It may be that someone found the exhaust port and lodged something pretty far up it, popping the hype surrounding the social network’s real worth. Continue reading Facebook Death Star is wobbling
[Facebook]() are at it again. After a librarian at a major US university tried to apply some innovation on FB by recreating two historical students and allowing others to *friend* them and follow what they would have done in their lives, what they might have thought or how they might have reacted, etc. They were doing fine, until the project got some publicity about how popular the two students were (2000+ friends each) and FB summarily lowered the executioner’s axe with no warning, claiming a violation of policy. Continue reading Facebook kills educational project because it gains too much profile
Zuckerberg and his minions are causing more strife with their platform. A student who used their platform to publish a rant on the response of Saint Augustine’s College in NC to some recent tornado damage led to the College barring him from attending his graduation ceremony. Now he’s [suing](http://thefire.org/public/pdfs/aca44ce7f477bd05af560ccbe70b7f7c.pdf?direct) Continue reading FB controversy now leading to student suing NC College
I just read an interesting study from the [EFF](https://www.eff.org/) which [surveyed] (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/social-media-and-law-enforcement-who-gets-what) the policies regarding sensitive data handover to agencies that come asking for it. Sobering reading. Continue reading EFF study on social networking policies for handing over data
I wrote some stuff on the [Google+](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/29/google-announces-major-feature-targets/) launch and thought it showed promise. Meanwhile, a nasty troll named Henry Blodget came out of his cave and started slinging [poo](http://read.bi/lSfaoq) on Vic Gundotra. Talk about a vapour article. The comments are worth looking at. If you believe in crowdsourcing, Vic should give up the fight. I wonder if he is Zuck’s boy robin.
Much more interesting is [this](http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/06/google-plus-privacy-flaw/#axzz1Qi5cyOtS) FT article shwoing that there has already been discovered a security flaw in the circles permission system. But this is good, “many eyes make shallow bugs”, and the thing is not in general release, so this is a QA phase.
Wolfgang Greller [alerted](http://www.greller.eu/wordpress/?p=1723#comment-117) me to the announcement of the [Google+](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-google-project-real-life.html) project. It has a list of many interesting features that demonstrate both innovation and a sense of the need to do something about data privacy and sets of aggregation / sharing. Still, despite the need to stop the Zuck monetization project, there is some doubt as to whether Google can make this not be another [Wave](http://mashable.com/2010/08/06/google-wave-lessons/) Continue reading Google+ announces major feature targets