A Facebook update in „real life“

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Nice sketch, except that Facebook is nothing like your digital home. It’s a public space in which you’re a guest. The owner is free to make any change he wants and you are free to leave. Facebook is not your home, it’s more like a hotel dirt cheap hostel or a commune. You can stay for free but in return have to accept a mutable environment and the immutable speakers in the ceiling which present you special offers all the time even though you were never asking for them. They’re still better than cameras, but I for one wouldn’t consider this a home anyway.

If you want a digital home, get some webspace and your own domain. Depending on your demand and skills, it costs somewhere between 1 € and 7.5 € a month, with plenty of options in between. With a WordPress fundament, some IFTTT plaster and thousands of interiors decorators and craftspeople you can easily have a nice digital place of your own. And the best thing: you don’t even need to leave all your loved stuff in your not-so-loved commune – with reclaim.fm you’ll soon have a moving company at your side to ease the transition. It’s a few hours of work for which you get your own digital home. Fully under your control, with plenty of room to grow and expand, ad free.

Once you feel comfortable, get out and use a feed reader to roam the neighborhood world.

Slightly related: Why would Facebook put a bookshelf in your room, when ebook readers are all the rage?

via Mashable


Facebook Home

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So Facebook developed and released an Android home- and lockscreen replacement called Facebook Home. After seeing the first hands-on at The Verge, I see three issues.

Android notifications

This is a minor problem but one that’d bug me. The notifications in the Android notification bar seem to stay, even if you answer an incoming message via the chat head. Even the standalone Facebook Messenger app has this issue. If I answer a message from another device, the notification for that message should disappear.

Unlock passcode

Home allows you to easily put content (including likes and comments) on Facebook. This workflow breaks, once some kind of unlock passcode is set up, to keep other people from accessing your phone. Even though it’s not too hard to guess passcodes by looking at fingerprints or just staring at the phone while the owner enters it, they give some protection. Everybody with access to your phone can easily impersonate you in pretty much any written communication. While you should be interested in setting up some kind of protection, Facebook isn’t.

Ads and Content

Facebook needs to make money and hence will at some point start presenting you ads and sponsored stories. Judging from the standalone Facebook app, only the first story is actual content from your friends and even a single swipe will shove an ad in your face. I for one would prefer not to see those on my lockscreen.

Apart from this, The Verge sees another issue: the content your friends post to Facebook. Take a look at your feed – how many of the photos you see in there would you like to be on your lockscreen? My personal quota is ~ 25 % – and that’s photos I wouldn’t mind to see, none of them are really good. Status updates without pictures will show the cover photo, most of them aren’t great either.

I see how Home is good for Facebook and why they developed it. I just don’t see why users would actually want to use it.


„Mothers of Jews who like Bacon“

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Facebook announced Graph Search some days ago. Facebook describes Graph Search as

With Graph Search you combine phrases (for example: „my friends in New York who like Jay-Z“) to get that set of people, places, photos or other content that’s been shared on Facebook.

Just like any other feature introduced by Facebook, this is going to freak people out. However, it’s also a source of fun – maybe except for Jews who like bacon :)


Überlegungen zum Telemediengeheimnis

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Wie kürzlich bekannt wurde, analysiert Facebook (automatisiert) einen Teil der auf seiner Plattform geführten Chats und lässt Gespräche, die von den Algorithmen für verdächtig befunden wurden, von Mitarbeitern überprüfen. heise online:

Sobald der Filter ein seinen Kriterien entsprechendes Gespräch finde, würden Facebook-Mitarbeiter benachrichtigt, die nach Augenmaß entschieden, ob die Informationen an Strafermittlungsbehörden weitergegeben würden.

Sascha Lobo greift den Bericht in seiner Kolumne auf und fordert – analog dem Briefgeheimnis – ein Telemediengeheimnis:

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Der enttäuschende Zustand „personalisierter“ Werbung

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Facebook vermarktet jetzt einen Teil des Werbeplatzes auf Zynga.com – ähnlich wie Google will es damit seine Reichweite und entsprechend die Werbeeinnahmen erhöhen. Die Konzepte, nach denen die Anzeigen ausgewählt werden, unterscheiden sich jedoch zwischen den beiden Unternehmen. Während Google sich hauptsächlich am Inhalt der Seite bzw. den Stichworten der durchgeführten Suche orientiert, nutzt Facebook seine Erkenntnisse über den aktuell eingeloggten Nutzer. Nachdem ich über diese Entwicklung gelesen habe, wollte ich herausfinden, wie es um die Qualität der Anzeigen bestellt ist. Hier ist das Ergebnis:

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