Facebook discourages providing sources

A friend posted an article about a political candidate. I wanted to find a related article and add it to that conversation. So, I opened the browser, got pulled into a couple offline things, found the article, got pulled in a couple other offline directions, and went back to the post. The app refreshed and… Continue reading Facebook discourages providing sources

It takes seconds to share

News entities are putting this ultimate clickbait in the missing persons articles. And people fall for it hook, line, and sinker. I see a Facebook post a day where someone is missing. And found before my friend posted it. Usually the person has been fine for months. It would be nice if Facebook would indicate… Continue reading It takes seconds to share

A Dunbar model in social media

This made me wonder about the possibilities of a better model. Fifteen years into the Facebook era, it’s well established that people aren’t actually friends with the hundreds or thousands of Facebook friends they may have. They couldn’t be if they tried—research has found that there seems to be a limit to the number of… Continue reading A Dunbar model in social media

Spoiling others on Facebook

Dear Facebook, it would be awesome if you would create a spoilers option for posts where the poster could say what it contains. You get users feeding you data about engagement with media useful for advertisers. Nice people could contain the damage of spoilers. As it is, I saw several people created a post and… Continue reading Spoiling others on Facebook

Facebook Feature Request: External content datestamp

When people post a link, a Facebook bot looks at the content and finds the content of the <title> tag and creates a summary. My modest proposal is that it also locates the post datestamp to include here. Every Facebook post has the name of the poster with when they posted it. It might be… Continue reading Facebook Feature Request: External content datestamp

The Social Media Evolution

The Make Me Smart Podcast episode 96: Do it for the ‘gram had an interesting quip that Instagram was what the Facebook News Feed was before it got corrupted by ads and political arguments: the trivialities of our daily lives. All social networks became popular because of trivialities. “What’s on your mind?” THAT is what… Continue reading The Social Media Evolution

Facebook should honor those privacy notice hoaxes

I’ve seen several friends post the new variant of the notice saying that in order to have privacy, you have to post the note that does not give Facebook permission to use your photos or status updates. Here is the thing. Taking away that permission makes Facebook unusable as no one can see them even… Continue reading Facebook should honor those privacy notice hoaxes

Friend Request Hoax

A legitimate message expressing concern about your impersonation account would: Ask if you created another account. Provide the address to the new account so you can go to the profile, click the three dots on the cover photo, select Report, and follow the instructions for impersonation. Instead, the hot hoax right now says: Hi….I actually… Continue reading Friend Request Hoax