Not a single week is passing without talks about privacy problems at Facebook. Not surprising, as the problems happening don’t have to be big ones — privacy problems can arise even when everything works smoothly, from Facebook’s viewpoint. Worldwide, more than 400 million people are registered at Facebook. And all of them deliver data 24/7 to the U.S.-based social network — sometimes even without wanting to, and sometimes even data about friends or relatives that do not know about it and do not want it to happen.
When Facebook introduced usernames in June 2009, users were happy and many went straight to the selection page. However, it might seem that not all decisions were made wisely.
More and more people register with social networks, like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and many more. Registering is really easy – but if you want to unregister afterwards, that can get complicated. It is not that simple to say good-bye to the social networks.
With presenting a new product (well, a Gmail extension) on Tuesday evening (9 February 2010), Google has started a little revolution, most reporters and bloggers agree. Google Buzz is the name of the new service, integrated into Gmail and going with the social community trend.
The social network Facebook has rolled out a new home page layout. The top navigation as well as the sidebar and footer have been changed.
Often, Facebook knows non-members surprisingly well: Facebook is also collecting data about non-members—with the aid of the members.
ICQ has released version 7 of its messenger client for Windows. The combination of Instant Messaging and Social Networking results in “Social Messaging,” ICQ stated.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has defended the recent privacy settings change. Since one month, Facebook members’ personal data are publicly accessible by default.
Social Networks have existed ever since the beginning of the decade, varying from social blogging portals, such as Windows Live Spaces, to video-hosting networks, such as YouTube, to mere social networks, such as Hi5, Bebo, MySpace, and most importantly, Facebook.
The past days have been busy for URL shortening services. Both Google and Facebook had launched their own, semi-private URL shortening domains. After that, the market leader bit.ly announced the Pro version for companies and businesses.