Facebook still insists it’s TOTALLY OK for them to help politicians lie to you for $$$. Not just misleading ads, or controversial opinions, or varying interpretations, but outright lies. Totally fine with it!

Facebook still insists it’s TOTALLY OK for them to help politicians lie to you for $$$.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/dec/02/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-policy-fake-ads

Not just misleading ads, or controversial opinions, or varying interpretations, but outright lies. Totally fine with it!

On Twitter

Facebook says they don’t want to be in the business of fact-checking, but they have policies against false COMMERCIAL advertising. Truth in advertising is critical because commerce requires trust and informed choices.

SO. DOES. DEMOCRACY.

It’s even MORE important in politics.

On Twitter

Which site was first to publish your likes/favorites in your followers’ timelines?

Which site was first to publish your likes/favorites in your followers’ timelines, #Facebook or #Twitter? Or did they both take this crazy idea from another site?

And what the heck was their stated rationale?

Searching hasn’t helped, so I turn to the #lazyweb

#socialnetworking

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On Wandering.shop

Anyone familiar with what Facebook Pages considers to be a “business?”

#Facebook decided to group my “business pages” (2 blogs, neither of which is a business, one of which I had already marked for deletion a few days ago) into a “business account.”

I thought maybe they’d flattened their definitions, but another page (for a long-defunct user group that I also marked for deletion this week) didn’t get lumped into it.

“Help” hasn’t been terribly helpful.

On Wandering.shop

Knowing FB, I half-suspect it’s some weird “Oh noes, he’s deleting pages because he thinks he doesn’t have the tools he needs! Let’s change his settings so he’ll see that we *do* offer the tools!”

I deleted the pages because they’ve been inactive for years, not because I don’t have advertising tools for them.

On Wandering.shop

I don’t need a “Facebook business account,” but I’m reluctant to delete it unless I can be sure I won’t lose access to the *active* blog’s page. And again, “Help” has been spectacularly unhelpful.

On Wandering.shop
Imported to K2R

I haven’t been active here on Facebook for a while.

I haven’t been active here on Facebook for a while. I’m less comfortable with the major social media platforms these days, and Facebook starts sending “hey, why don’t you like me anymore?” emails and notices on a daily basis, which I find annoyingly makes me want to *not* come back.

But this is where most of the people I know are, so after a few weeks I finally get back and spend too long trying to catch up on 87 notifications that aren’t actually the kind of thing that would be a notification on any other platform, they’re things FB thinks I want to see, and sometimes they’re right, and sometimes they’re wrong, but 90% of the time it’s about Facebook and whether they can get me to look, not about “Hey your friend wants to get in touch with you about this thing.”

Anyway, I’ve been most active on Mastodon lately. It’s similar to Twitter, but instead of one centralized corporation it’s a lot of different servers run by different people and groups, so it can actually be moderated on a human scale, but the servers are able to talk to each other like email servers do. You can find my main account at

KelsonV (@KelsonV@wandering.shop)

188 Toots, 36 Following, 34 Followers · Techie, software developer, hobbyist photographer, sci-fi/fantasy & comics fan in the Los Angeles area.

On Facebook

Related to that, I wrote up a brief comparison of what makes Mastodon different from Twitter, in terms of actually using the service.

https://hyperborea.org/journal/2018/08/consider-mastodon/

I wouldn’t mind Facebook’s push & email notifications so much if they didn’t…

I wouldn’t mind Facebook’s push & email notifications so much if they didn’t

  1. use it for “re-engagement” whenever I leave for more than 2 days.
  2. insist on sending me such a broad range of notices.

I want to know when someone replies to me, tags me, or sends a request/message. I may want to know when someone who posts rarely comes back.

I DON’T want a push notice for friend suggestions, or a random subset of “did you see X’s comment on Y’s post?” etc. I can look for those on my own time!

On Wandering.shop

Basically, I want push notices reserved for *interactions* that are actually directed toward me. That’s in my interest, and it’s in the interest of the person who’s trying to talk to me. And yeah, that’s going to need mute controls too.

But all the “did you see?” and “X shared a link!” and “Y posted a photo” out of band? Unless I’ve asked to be notified, that’s not for my benefit, or my friends’. It’s for Facebook’s, because they’re desperately afraid they’ve lost my eyeballs for too long.

On Wandering.shop
Expanded on K2R

I have mixed feelings on FB closing down API posts (ex. from WordPress, or IFTTT, …

I have mixed feelings on FB closing down API posts (ex. from WordPress, or IFTTT, or Buffer) to personal profiles. It probably will cut down on spam, but it also locks you further into their silo. (You can still write elsewhere and link back to it on FB, but you have to do it manually.)

Then again, isn’t that also the argument against automatically cross-posting birdsite to Mastodon? That if you’re not actually on the platform, you’re not really participating?

On Wandering.shop
Expanded on K2R

Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

Yes, I suppose data revealed through a system *working as intended* isn’t technically a “breach.”

On Twitter

Most social media these days is built around selling access to participants’ data, directly or indirectly (through ad placement). It doesn’t have to be, but that’s the business model that’s taken hold.

On Twitter

There are alternatives to the big data-mining social networks, but they have their own drawbacks. Blogs still exist, @MastodonProject is making great strides, you can self-host if you can afford it & have the know-how (or know someone who does)…

On Twitter

But your friends/family aren’t on [cool social network], they’re still on FB & Twitter, so you need to keep them around to talk to them.

And it takes time, effort & money to maintain your own site.

And a lot of networks aren’t as polished as the ones you’re already on…

On Twitter

Leaving FB/Twitter isn’t easy for everyone, or even rewarding for everyone.

We can make it easier, help people diversify, & grow those alternative networks, but let’s not blame those who accept the trade-off & stay on the major sites.

On Twitter

Still, user data is the product. Breaches need one kind of solution. Business practices need another.

On Twitter

FB timeline BS

I’ve long noticed that FB prioritizes content differently on desktop & mobile, but today I actually had a post *disappear* on mobile. As in it didn’t even show up on my own profile.

Other posts from today were fine. I thought it might be because it was posted through Buffer, so I deleted the original & re-posted it manually.

That one was ALSO invisible on the mobile site.

Curiously it was a link to an article critical of major social networks… 🤔

On Mastodon.social

I shared a link to an article on Medium about social networks. It didn’t show up at all on FB mobile…

Ok, this is messed up. I shared a link to an article on Medium about social networks. It didn’t show up at all on FB mobile, even when I looked directly at my profile. I thought maybe it’s hiding posts from Buffer. So I re-posted it, directly in the Facebook desktop site.

It’s still not here.

It shows on the desktop site, but not the mobile site. I’d bet it doesn’t show up in the app.

And we know a lot of social networking is done on mobile these days.

On Facebook

Update in comments:

Thanks for checking – so it looks like it’s just the mobile website, not the mobile app. Which is better than it could be…but still bizarre (and suspicious).

I think I last looked at Facebook on… Saturday? Sunday? Today they’ve sent me TWO emails…

I think I last looked at Facebook on… Saturday? Sunday? Today they’ve sent me TWO emails trying to get me to come back and see what I’ve missed. After only 2-3 days.

The annoying part is the “so-and-so updated their status” email with a disappearing preview.

Really.

The message starts w/40 chars in #FFFFFF display:none font-size: 1px so it appears in the inbox preview, but not when you open the message. By then they’ve engaged you & (they hope) you’re more motivated to click through.

On Mastodon.social

Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back

“Facebook Really Wants You to Come Back” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-01-31/facebook-really-wants-you-to-come-back

I’ve seen this too. Sometimes I’ll go a week or two without looking at FB. It only takes a couple of days before the “so and so changed their status/posted a photo! Please come back!” messages start.

On Mastodon.social

Slashdot: Facebook Really Wants You To Come Back

An anonymous reader writes: The social network is getting aggressive with people who don’t log in often, working to keep up its engagement numbers, Bloomberg reports. Sample this for instance: It’s been about a year since Rishi Gorantala deleted the Facebook app from his phone, and the company has only gotten more aggressive in its emails to win him back. The social network started out by alerting him every few days about friends that had posted photos or made comments — each time inviting him to click a link and view the activity on Facebook. He rarely did. Then, about once a week in September, he started to get prompts from a Facebook security customer-service address. “It looks like you’re having trouble logging into Facebook,” the emails would say. “Just click the button below and we’ll log you in. If you weren’t trying to log in, let us know.” He wasn’t trying. But he doesn’t think anybody else was, either. “The content of mail they send is essentially trying to trick you,” said Gorantala, 35, who lives in Chile. “Like someone tried to access my account so I should go and log in.”

It’s especially transparent because they don’t actually tell you what the person said, or show you the picture, in the email – but they manage to sneak a few words into the *preview*, just enough to make you think it’s going to be in the message, so you open it. And of course once you’ve opened the email, they’ve got your attention, and they hope you’re engaged enough to click through.

On Facebook

Expanded on K2R

The secret history of Facebook depression

“The key to understanding social media depression lies in the social norm that has emerged around how we manage Facebook’s context collapse in a way that is acceptable in all contexts. That social norm is being your perfect self. And the consequence of that is we are all performing our perfect selves, thus all making each other feel depressed and inadequate.”

The secret history of Facebook depression

To early users, the internet held such promise for people and communities. Now, on the eve of Facebook’s 15th birthday, social media is making people depressed. What happened?

On Facebook

What’s in your social media archive?

I exported Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, LiveJournal, WordPress and LinkedIn to find out. (And even found an archive of Google Buzz.)

What’s in Your Social Media Archive?

I checked out what you get when you export your content from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, WordPress and LiveJournal, with an eye for both private archives and migrating to your own site.

On Twitter
On Mastodon.social
On Facebook

@trwnh I just finished a comparison of various social networks’ exports. Weirdly, LinkedIn was the most complete.

On Mastodon.social

New Archive: Facebook, Twitter, Mastodon, Instagram

I’ve set up this site to archive my third-party social networking posts on a site that I control and can easily search. For now I’m setting up the following networks to archive here using IFTTT:

  • Facebook (public posts)
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • Mastodon.Social
  • Photog.Social (a Mastodon instance dedicated to photography)

I’m less concerned with keeping everything in its original form, and more concerned with being able to find it (and work my way back to comment threads), so I plan on removing/combining duplicates as I find them, cleaning up links, etc. but I don’t want to get too complicated with it.

Social networking experiment creates the amalgamated platonic ideal Facebook & Twitter users.

Social networking experiment creates the amalgamated platonic ideal Facebook & Twitter users.

This is what happens if you let anyone use your Facebook password

On Twitter

An interesting social networking experiment: Someone set up profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, then publicized the passwords so anyone could use them, creating an amalgam of the ultimate Facebook or Twitter account. (Instagram's didn't take off.)

On Facebook