Facebook Update

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In a stealthy move that’s bound to lead to a backlash,  Facebook surprised its 901 million users with a gift ie. a @facebook.com email address is now displaying by default on their Timelines. Users who don’t like the change can  click the “about” link in their profile and then click the “edit” button next to their contact information to hide their @facebook.com email address from their timeline.

Facebook rolled out their @facebook email addresses back in 2010 in an attempt to consolidate email with all types of messages – including Facebook messages. The problem for Facebook is that using Facebook as an email service hasn’t been the most popular feature. Now, in a pretty sly attempt to promote the Facebook email address, users are noticing that their contact info now features their _____@facebook.com address as their primary email address. via Like It Or Not, Your Facebook Email Address Is Now Listed By Default | WebProNews.

This January  Peter Vogel, co-founder of Plink, which lets consumers earn Facebook Credits for dining out and shopping online shared his Predictions  for Facebook Credits in 2012.

While still relatively unknown, Facebook Credits will emerge and begin to mean very real cash to a quickly expanding group of first-mover entrepreneurs and innovators who are just starting to get a whiff of the opportunities presented by the Facebook Credits economy.

Last week, Facebook announced that it is getting rid of Facebook Credits, in favor of real money. Users will start paying for virtual goods using their native currencies: Dollars, Pounds, Yen, etc. This represents the beginning of users being able to treat their Facebook account like a bank account, or at least like a PayPal account. via Would You Trust Facebook With Your Money In The Real World?

Only hours after releasing the new — yet very unofficial — feature, Facebook pulled it from its iOS and Android apps and disabled the mobile page.

When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson told Wired: “This wasn’t a formal release — this was just something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products, others don’t. Nothing more to say on this for now, but we’ll communicate to everyone when there is something to say.”

Facebook launched a new location-based feature for mobile called “Friendshake”, which helped a user find people in his vicinity, but pulled it hours after it went live.  via Facebook launches Find Friends Nearby feature — then pulls it

More people are putting detailed information about their lives and careers online. As a result, it is much easier to determine if a partner has additional funds from an extra business or access to assets, as showcased by pictures of lavish vacations on Facebook, when claiming poverty in a divorce proceeding. Once discovered, this information can provide leverage in negotiation settlements. – Looking for Hidden Assets in a Divorce? There’s an App for That

The Wall Street Journal’s blog Smart Money reported  the National Endowment for Financial Education survey results. More than a third of divorce filings in the U.K. last year contained the word Facebook, according to a survey by Divorce Online, a U.K.-based legal services firm. And over 80 per cent of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. via Divorce attorneys really like Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously stated that he believes that children under 13 should be allowed to use Facebook. “That will be a fight we take on at some point,” he said, according to news reports. And now, news reports reveal that Facebook is developing technology that would allow kids who are under the age of 13 to join—albeit with more parental controls and with a lockdown option. via  Facebook Junior? The Implications of Expanding Facebook’s Universe to the Under-13 Crowd

Although privacy activists have concerns about Facebook’s acquisition of facial recognition service Face.com last week, there are reasons why brands might see benefits from the partnership. via Why Advertisers Will Drool Over Facebook’s Acquisition Of Face.com

21 thoughts on “Facebook Update

  1. “Divorce lawyers really like Facebook”– I’m gonna be ruefully shaking my head about that for awhile. What a cyberworld… : P

    Many thanks, TT, super-informative. I was gonna watch an old monster movie on TV, but I think that’s enough creepiness for now… : )

    • It’s definitely creepy. It boggles my mind to know that people share their personal stuff on Facebook and elsewhere online.

  2. I’ve been on vacation. There is no question that FB has not yet penetrated my family. Email and phone has been useful to organize and schedule for meet-ups, not FB! As for sharing photos, as a family we take too many photos of special trips and events, so we see running digital slideshows or mini albums when we get around to it.

    Even among my friends, I can to know about themselves. FB does not help at all to give more critical information about the people who I love.

    • Hi Jean
      I hope you have been enjoying your vacation. Though other mnebers of my family are on Facebook I’m not. It’s always felt “creepy” to me.

  3. I have mixed feelings about Facebook. On one hand, it helps me keep track of what my extended family is doing. On the other hand, it is scary to see how much information people are naively willing to share.

    • I’m astonished that people would share personal information online but it’s happening big time. Like you I think that’s very scary.

  4. Don’t know what I would do without you to keep me up to date on this stuff, thank you! Just went in to remove it from timeline as you described – I noticed there is a second move – you can also fix it to be seen “only by me” – so no friends, no one will see it, even if they drill down to your “About” page. Facebook is an important part of my job, and also has been genuinely useful for developing professional contacts, but I devoutly wish I could ditch it. I loathe all these intrusions.

    • Dear Cynthia,
      Facebook has facial recognition software, they want your children to be members prior to age 13, so they can addict them as early as possible to supplying detailed information about their lives and brand preferences, they are willing to accept your currency, and beneath it all, while millions of users while away their time playing games like fake farming and virtual pets keeping, Facebook is a data mine that provides personal information to divorce lawyers, advertizers and marketers through apps.
      What’s not to love/fear?

      (I was laughing as I typed this.)

      P.S. See David’s question above.

        • Some popeple like it a lot because they use it as a means of keeping up with friends and family. However, it’s a big site and the complexity that goes along with that means members have to be one their toes when it comes to managing their accounts.

          • I don’t feel like I’ve been on my toes with it. It’s last on my list of things to do. I don’t like the games and my friends keep wanting me to play. I don’t have time for it. I’m really enjoying blogging. How are you doing today by the way? Better I hope? I’ve been wanting to contact you about some information that I found through another blogger who writes for Helium. I can’t remember his name but he’s from England and he’s a part-time librarian. He followed me through Twitter. I haven’t had a chance to check twitter but I will and get back to you.

          • Hi there,
            It’s good to hear you are enjoying blogging. I’m doing better today than I have been lately. I hope you are well and happy too.

            P.S. I got the link you sent me. Thanks.

  5. If I recall correctly, you are not a big Facebook fan ;-)

    It seems that if people leave their emails set to @facebook.com then the only way they will see emails sent to that address is if they check their messages in FBook or have their settings set to email them (but where to??) when they have a message.. ??

    • Hi David,
      Your memory serves you well.
      Good question.
      So glad I don’t have an account because the answer doesn’t matter to me. lol :D

  6. So interesting! After seeing the movie, I can imagine them launching something, finding something wrong with it and then scrambling to pull it!

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