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Instagram’s latest feature means one more online identity to monitor

One month after adding one of Facebook’s most famous features, Instagram finds itself on a slippery slope

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If Facebook isn’t thinking about buying Tumblr, it should be — What do you guys think about this?


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Today in the New York Times: One guy’s embarrassing Facebook ad saga hits the front page

Meet Nick Bergus. He’s a pretty cool guy who once linked to an odd product on Facebook as a bit of a joke — a 55-gallon barrel of lube from Ha ha, funny, right? But the joke was on him, as Facebook’s algorithms started featuring his smiling face in personalized ads featuring the giant barrel of lube. From there, his story spread — first to his personal blog, then to Gawker, with an amazing headline. Now, Bergus’ somewhat embarrassing (but admittedly kind of awesome) tale is on the front page of the New York Times. All because he once linked to a giant barrel of lube. (photo by Stephen Mally/NYT)

Wait. What? Facebook can profit from my image without my consent? Or is that a clause in the ToS? Did everyone just hand over their rights by using Facebook? As if there aren’t enough reasons to hate these jokers already, yeesh.

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Open Graph is a development tool that lets third-party apps and sites report your activities back to Facebook. It’s meant to extend or replace the Like button. It’s a way for sites and services to jack directly into Facebook from anywhere. If companies use Open Graph, they can publish to your Ticker and Timeline, too, effectively sending tattle-tale updates on anything you do to everyone you know, in real time. And then Facebook gets to keep that data forever. It is the ultimate collection tool, a way for Facebook to monitor you, wherever you go.
Facebook wants to share everything you do online with the world, whether you want to or not. This is on top of a cookie that tracks your activity even when you’re logged out of Facebook. People are upset over Spotify requiring new users to sign up through Facebook, but this isn’t going to be the end of it.
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Facebook is for maintaining relationships, Twitter for broadcasting, Tumblr for quotations and Google+ for sharing
Who’s a friend? Who’s an acquaintance? Yeah boy, what would we do if we didn’t have experts to set us straight.