Tag: Facebook

Facebook App Abuse

Some applications are great, some are terrible, others are pointless. Many people complained that Facebook has become cluttered with applications. True, but this doesn’t bother me – you do not have to use them. What does annoy me is applications that resemble spam utilities or social viruses and do not function without people spreading them.

Take the “Are you stupid” application, for example. I get an invite to it and want to check it out – only to find out that you can’t even use it unless you invite 20 people. If you press “skip” it’s like “OMG you didn’t like invite 20 people, die!” Suppose I don’t want to invite 20 people? This isn’t right and is complete abuse of the open programming API, to generate more popularity for someone’s app. If you make a good application, it will become popular. Take Jetman, for instance – that was the biggest application success I’ve seen. You don’t see its creators forcing you to invite people before you can play. This new concept is nonsense and must be stopped, before it becomes a precedent for all new applications. This concept is no different than a virus – but it uses people to spread and function. I guarantee you that someone will exploit these applications in the near future to hijack Facebook profiles and and mess with people.

Another application which is really annoying is the Movie one. I keep getting 500 notifications that “Person X” (who I don’t talk to or even care about) has just scored 90% on the horror movie quiz, and I should challenge them. I’m pretty sure the person had absolutely no intention to send that message to people he or she has not spoken to in years, nor do I want to receive it. But apparently, whenever you do something on that application – it automatically sends spam to promote its use.

Facebook Privacy

It’s been a while since my last post because I am busy and don’t have much time anymore, but I think it is very important to review some Facebook privacy settings with everyone now that it has been opened up to the world. That’s right. Now anyone can sign up with a Facebook and search for you, which is not good). Therefore, I recommend changing the following privacy settings:

On the main Facebook navigation on the left of the page, click the My Privacy button:

Only Allow High School and College Students to search for you

With Facebook open to EVERYONE, you don’t want random stalkers or parents searching for your name. By changing the following options, only those in High School networks and College Networks will find your profile if they type it into search (just like the old Facebook). This does not mean that these people could view your profile, but they will see that one exists and could look at your friends, message you or friend request you. We don’t want this – if some random 45 year old guy makes a Facebook profile, the last thing you want is him searching for your name. If you change these settings and he searches for “Kim Jones” no results will be found, but if College people or High School networks search, “Kim Jones” would be displayed in the results.

On the Privacy Page, look for this option, then click edit settings.

Stop the Annoying Stalker News Feed

Are you sick of seeing that your friend Bob Jones wrote on Mary’s wall? Who the hell is Mary and why do I care? Facebook’s news feed is very annoying and whenever you do anything on Facebook, it will notify all of your friends in the News Feed. You can disable this feed by changing the following options:

On the main Facebook navigation on the left of the page, click the My Privacy button:


This stuff helps. Remember to be smart on Facebook – anyone can see what you’re doing. Colleges have habits of making fake student email addresses, just so faculty can take a look at student profiles. If this scares you, You can further change your privacy settings to allow only friends to see your profile.

Facebook Notes

Facebook added a feature called notes where you can post something like a blog on your profile. It also includes with an RSS fetcher (which you probably never heard of). Simply put, I can write posts on my website and then Facebook takes the posts from my site and automatically adds them to the wall of notes. Since no one reads my website anymore, the posts will spread out more and people might just notice.