Is An Evil Alien Lurking in Your Smart Phone?
In the pit of my soul, I am a geek. I joined Facebook before anyone in my age bracket. I was one of the first 50 people in my area to have a Twitter handle. Before Instagram revealed its dastardly intentions with my pictures, I had a decent following. On Google+, I am a popular female.
Because many of my readers do not keep up with the goings-on of social media sites, I believe a post on Facebook is in order.
A couple of months ago, I removed Facebook’s app from my iPhone and iPad. Through a deal with Apple, they negotiated the right to override my contact list with Facebook contacts in an update to the iOS operating system.
Why does that matter?
Because, several months ago, Facebook assigned every user a Facebook email address. To check that email address, the user had to be logged in to Facebook.
I found out how often many of my friends log in to Facebook back in the fall, when I ran an experimental social media campaign. For the overwhelming majority, they’re not on Facebook as much as Facebook represents.
Making a Facebook email address useless. Why would I want it to be the primary contact in my contact list when I care about staying in contact?
Facebook’s latest Android app is even more insidious. If you have Facebook installed on an Android device, NOW is the time to delete it.
The latest Facebook app update for Android automatically allows it to bypass future update notifications. IT CAN UPDATE YOUR ANDROID DEVICE WITHOUT TELLING YOU A THING.
In his update on Google+, J C Kendall does a stellar job of explaining the badness of Facebook’s latest move. Click here to read his message in its entirety.
To summarize Kendall’s take on the Facebook for Android update:
- If Facebook can update your device without your knowledge, they can push all kinds of things your way. Like advertising through Facebook Exchange. And tracking your movements.
- Once you approve their latest update, you will not receive any updates about future changes to the Facebook app on your Android device.
- The update defaults to a setting that will enable your Android device to be a heightened target for malware. (And a target for any unknown source, like a Facebook Exchange Partner who wants to mine your information or sell you something through your smart device.)
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.
Facebook is an advertising platform tasked with the crushing burden of making back their ridiculous IPO. It is NOT a social network.
I keep my profile there because a publisher will require me to have one. Except for exceptional situations, like the recent visit of the Peru Rotary GSE team, I no longer post photos to Facebook. I don’t allow geo-tagging. I do not connect any other application with Facebook. I share my blog and post a quote, and I’m done for the day.
If you want to know what I’m really up to, please follow me on my preferred social media platform, Google+. Click here to circle me.
Or, click here to follow me on Twitter.
Whatever you do, please click ‘delete’ on your Facebook for Android application. And, consider every post you make to Facebook as up for sale to the highest bidder.
Even the ones you consider worthless or banal.
Note: Today’s featured photo is my guide son Cooper’s father. He is not related to Mark Zuckerberg.