Here we go again – Facebook with another fail

Yes, If you’re sending a message to a random person on Facebook, they’ll charge you $1 to skip the spam filter and actually have the email delivered into the inbox. But if the recipient has a lot of followers, Facebook will charge you $100.

Facebook says they’re just testing the service to see if they can get away with it.

No, the recipient doesn’t get a penny. The recipient gets the spam and Facebook/Zuckerberg gets the money.

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The Face-agram / Insta-book mess that just got worse

Instagram says it now has the right to sell your photos

In its first big policy shift since Facebook bought the photo-sharing site, Instagram claims the right to sell users’ photos without payment or notification. Oh, and there’s no way to opt out. To all you “Instagram Artists” – you’re fucked. [please click on headline to read article].



Seems that our friends at Facebook have exercised their muscle and made some changes to the Instagram Terms and Conditions. Back in April, when I told you all about the purchase of Instagram by FB, I made the prophetic comment that “the internet slowly moves to becoming an all knowing and all privacy-invading monopoly”.

If i was wrong about anything, it’s only because I said “slowly”.


Facebook under fire for selling your privacy, AGAIN.

The evil geniuses at Facebook are at it again.(link)

Seems every month they discover new ways to piss off their user-base, but I honestly believe that 99% of that user-base is unaware of what’s going on.

Yes, it’s long been known: Facebook makes money off of you.

But a report in the Wall Street Journal has raised new privacy concerns, suggesting the social network is going even farther to provide users’ personal information to its advertisers. According to the newspaper report, Facebook is “selling access to its users” by allowing advertisers to target ads based on users’ email addresses and phone numbers.

Facebook is watching YOUR every online move.

(artilcle courtesy of Samantha Felix at Business Insider).

This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity

And here we go again… FACEBOOKcontinues it’s assault on your privacy.

In testing out the new Abine DNT+ tool, we noticed that Facebook has more than 200 “trackers” watching our internet activity.

Abine defines trackers as “a request that a webpage tries to make your browser perform that will share information intended to record, profile, or share your online activity.” The trackers come in the shape of cookies, Javascript, 1-pixel beacons, and Iframes.

Critics call this spying. Advertisers call it targeting. As a user and consumer, what do you call it?

Guess what? FB are at it again!

Facebook once again making changes to users profiles without permission and without notification.

All Facebook users have a email address, whether they use them or not – and now, Facebook has automatically posted those addresses to users’ profiles without prior warning.

A timely article on CNN Money by Julianne Pepitone revealing that the brains-trust of FB have again upset users by making public their “facebook email address”. Didn’t know you had one? Well, you do. You all do. But as one clever comments suggests, if you’re going to get FB Spam emails, you’d prefer them to be delivered to an FB email account that you knew nothing about.

But then if you use your FB email address, then get ready for more of those “amazing viagra” offers, and of course, those once in a life time opportunities to help widows of Nigerian royalty launder their billions of dollars.

Typical FB: mess it up then apologise. In this day and age, an apology is the same as “f**k you from FB”.

(credit to the anonymous photographer)

Facebook slips on 2nd day of trading – some thoughts.

Valuewalk article on FB Inc

Yes, it is still early days for the newest addition to NASDAQ, but the signs are not good. Whether it’s fair or not, there’s a lot of financial commentators who have fallen out of love with the “darling of social media”, and the “all American dream” – Facebook.

In my humble opinion (and what do I know, because I’m just the Philthy man on the street), FB is drastically over-valued, with way too many tourists and passengers amongst it’s ranks and has an unproven track record when facing uncertainty. After so many years of user-based growth and now they need to weather the storm of the business community asking the tough questions.

So far, FB are stuttering. We’ll see if they have the gonads to pick up and deliver on their earnings potential.

900 million users? So what, I’m still not impressed.

We had the dot com bubble burst in 2000, and with FB leading the way I predict a social media burst within the next 12 months. You read it here first.

By the way Mark, congratulations on the wedding