things found

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 09:45 am
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In Facebook, if you send a message to someone who isn't connected to you (not even indirectly), is it possible they won't even be shown the message, depending on their settings? Or in the latter case, would you not even be given the option to send them a message?

Yesterday while picking up trash by the side of the street, I found a purse with a drivers license and other cards still in it. Based on the name and photo on the DL, I found their FB page and sent them a message, but haven't gotten a reply yet, so was wondering.

There was another time I found a DL by the street. That one was without a purse, just lying on the ground, and was bent/damaged looking, so I wasn't sure if it had been thrown away on purpose. I mailed it to the address listed on it anyway, just in case.

Yesterday, there was also a pair of purple shorts in the road (the other road, not near the purse). They looked clean, so I just moved them out of the roadway in case someone comes back for them. There was also a clean white sock, which I figured no one would come for, so I trashed it. Later I realized maybe they were from the same source... maybe someone was returning from a laundromat and dropped a few things. Who knows.
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The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz - to get a profile of quiz takers, to be able to target them with political ads tailored to their individual concerns.
For several years, a data firm eventually hired by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, has been using Facebook as a tool to build psychological profiles that represent some 230 million adult Americans. A spinoff of a British consulting company and sometime-defense contractor known for its counterterrorism “psy ops” work in Afghanistan, the firm does so by seeding the social network with personality quizzes.
One recent advertising product on Facebook is the so-called “dark post”: A newsfeed message seen by no one aside from the users being targeted. With the help of Cambridge Analytica, Mr. Trump’s digital team used dark posts to serve different ads to different potential voters, aiming to push the exact right buttons for the exact right people at the exact right times.
In this election, dark posts were used to try to suppress the African-American vote. According to Bloomberg, the Trump campaign sent ads reminding certain selected black voters of Hillary Clinton’s infamous “super predator” line. It targeted Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood with messages about the Clinton Foundation’s troubles in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake.
One day in August, [Trump's campaign] flooded the social network with 100,000 ad variations, so-called A/B testing on a biblical scale...

Facebook fake-news writer: ‘I think Donald Trump is in the White House because of me’
Paul Horner, the 38-year-old impresario of a Facebook fake-news empire, has made his living off viral news hoaxes for several years.
"Nobody fact-checks anything anymore — I mean, that’s how Trump got elected. He just said whatever he wanted, and people believed everything, and when the things he said turned out not to be true, people didn’t care because they’d already accepted it. It’s real scary. I’ve never seen anything like it."
"My sites were picked up by Trump supporters all the time. I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up. I posted a fake ad on Craigslist."

Wikipedia now has an entry on fake news websites too - the page was launched on Nov 15, 2016.

How Fake News Goes Viral: A Case Study

The pro-Trump fake news website that’s finding an audience — with Trump’s help - (article from April 2016)

What was fake on the Internet this week: Why this is the final column - from the Washington Post, Dec. 15, 2015.
Frankly, this column wasn’t designed to address the current environment. This format doesn’t make sense. I’ve spoken to several researchers and academics about this lately, because it’s started to feel a little pointless. Walter Quattrociocchi, the head of the Laboratory of Computational Social Science at IMT Lucca in Italy, has spent several years studying how conspiracy theories and misinformation spread online, and he confirmed some of my fears: Essentially, he explained, institutional distrust is so high right now, and cognitive bias so strong always, that the people who fall for hoax news stories are frequently only interested in consuming information that conforms with their views — even when it’s demonstrably fake.
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If I'm to believe things posted/shared on Facebook, it sounds like both my brother and his wife support Trump*. They've both shared posts from some of those fake and misleading news sites. I've seen only a few posts like that from them, but still. It makes me feel the need to waste my time posting replies pointing out the falsehoods and misleadingness of the articles.

(Talking about a news item from 3 years ago as if it is current news? Saying that Moscow banned mosques when the mayor only said they wouldn't issue new building permits? Showing a photo that makes it look like a mosque was being demolished, when the article mentions no such thing?

Saying that based on the latest polls, Trump is leading in nearly all the states, along with a red-filled map... when the article is dated 9/19.. and the referenced web site from where the poll data was averaged, shows a very different picture, currently at least?)

I almost wish that my brother's FB account was hacked again, like he said it was last month, and that someone else was posting those things. But considering his comment along on one of the articles, it sounds like he really did post it. His comment wasn't actually obnoxious, but it totally raises my hackles for him to be sharing or rather spreading a story that is so blaringly fictitious. Yes, I also wasted time looking up whether the story was in any way real, and I found no indication that it was.

*Though I don't think he's eligible to vote, unless he took on U.S. citizenship without telling me. And he previously linked to some article, saying that if you think your vote matters, you should read it... I didn't, but it was probably about how the system is rigged, and that it doesn't really make a difference who wins, or something along those lines. Which is a line of thinking that's a bit closer to my own, but hell yes I am still going to vote, and it won't be for Trump. I will vote for Hillary, even though I don't trust her in various ways. But I certainly trust her to do things more in line with what I think is right, than I do Trump.

just another reason

Saturday, August 27th, 2016 11:54 am
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I suppose this "Facebook" tag is turning out to be a list of reasons why I don't like Facebook, and why I much prefer Dreamwidth and Livejournal.

From what I've read, your News feed doesn't necessary show all the things your friends have posted, nor necessarily in the order they posted them in. Facebook decides, based on its own algorithms, which posts by which people it thinks you'll be interested in, and shows you them.

From what I read, a way around that is to create custom friends lists, and to view those lists instead. Which had been working for me. But now it seems that whenever I look at my lists, it only shows posts for a short time period (one day apparently), and then shows "There are no more posts to show right now. Go to News Feed".

So if I want to catch up on everyone's posts, I have to go to each of their pages individually. What a hassle.
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Why does Facebook sometimes email me when a friend has posted a comment on a non-friend's post, but it sometimes/often doesn't email me when a friend has posted an entry on their own timeline? I don't think there is a way of turning off the one type of notifications without turning them all off; am I right? But I may as well turn them all off as they aren't reliable anyway, due to the latter.

too dang hard

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 02:07 pm
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Facebook is too hard for me to use. I simply wanted to post the same content as my last DW post to Facebook, but anchor tags don't work on Facebook.

I don't want the default images and text that shows up when you post a URL, as that takes up too much space. I want to control the link text and description myself, and don't want any images.

This FB help page says to enter the URL into the Share menu at the top of my Timeline or homepage, but I don't see any Share menu. The only place I see to enter anything is the Status box.

This page shows an icon for attaching a link, but my Status box doesn't have that icon.

Oh, and apparently you can only include one URL per post? Or at least only one URL gets updated with an image and text.
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After creating the new Facebook account under my real name, I started getting emails "Do you know so-and-so?", including names of some people I know from work. They looked like LinkedIn emails, and I didn't pay much attention to them.

Then I noticed that the emails were from Facebook, not LinkedIn. How did Facebook link me with those people? I haven't yet posted anything on Facebook, haven't friended anyone, and have only filled out a few things on my profile.

Both accounts are set up under the same email address, so maybe it's based on that.

But how did Facebook get info on my LinkedIn connections? At first, I thought that I might not have turned off sharing with 3rd Party Applications in the LinkedIn settings. But I checked the settings, and they were already set not to share my info.

I wonder, has Facebook been sending similar emails to my work colleagues, saying "Do you know [my name]?", and linking to my new account?

My email address is not public on either account. But where I work is visible on LinkedIn. I suppose any 3rd party could do LinkedIn searches to find everyone connected to that company. And I suppose Facebook could use my name to link me up with those other people.


One thing I've been mentally debating is having my gender publicly visible on the Facebook account. I like that I can display my true gender, "androgyne". It could be a simple way to come out to friends and family who might not otherwise know, without making a big deal of it.

But I was thinking... there are health insurance plans that have clauses that exclude transgender-related expenses, and some (though hopefully few) even go so far as to exclude any services at all for a person who is transgender.

So maybe it would be better *not* to publicly out myself as transgender under my legal name.

And do I really even want to out myself to just anyone from work? Sometimes, I think it would make me seem even more odd from other people's viewpoints.

Maybe I'll set my gender display to friends-only. Though it's likely already been data mined, as that's one thing I've had publicly visible so far.

Not sure I'm even going to use the FB account for anything. Haven't felt inspired to so far.

2016/08/27: changed post visibility from Access List to Public
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If you want to use SSL for added security when using Facebook:

- Log into Facebook
- click the down-arrow in the upper right corner, and select "Account Settings"
- Select "Security" in the left column
- click the "Edit" link for the "Secure Browsing" category
- select the "Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) when possible
- click "Save Changes"
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I logged into Facebook today. The changes I saw don't seem as drastic as I was expecting, from what I had heard.

I followed the instructions on this page to create a list including all my FB friends, and then compared that page to the default page.

[ 2014/05/25 Copied here for reference, and updated based on new FB UI:
1) Look for 'FRIENDS' on the left-hand side of this page. Hover over the word FRIENDS and you'll see 'More'.
2) Click 'More', then click 'Create List' in the next page that comes up.
3) Name your list (whatever you want to call it) and then click 'add friends' on the next screen that comes up.
4) Begin typing in the names of your friends, and they will be listed. Select each one to add them.
5) Now, every time you come to facebook, click on the list you created. You'll find it on the left-hand side.

... if you add new friends, remember to add them to your custom list too.

The differences I saw were:

1. the default page marks some stories as "top stories" and puts them at the top of the list.
2. the default page makes you click extra links in order to expand some entries which are hidden to begin with.
3. the list page I created doesn't include posts from pages which I follow.
4. the default page doesn't continue as far back in time as the list page I created. (this was an intermittent problem I had before too, so it may be a fluke)

#1 seems the same as the previous default view that I would get after logging into FB. I always had to click the "Most Recent" link in order to view the posts in the correct chronological order. Why would people be upset over this change, unless they were in the habit of always clicking the "Most Recent" link, like I was?

Maybe there were other changes made that aren't apparent to me, due to the low number of people that I follow?

I don't see the "Ticker" thing that some pages mentioned. Maybe because no one I'm following is posting right now. Or maybe they changed it to off by default.

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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 11:12 pm
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So there's 2 people I'm now following (is that the word?) on Facebook. I find Facebook very non-intuitive. It's one of the reasons I've tended to avoid it (besides privacy concerns). Is it just me?

A post I read yesterday is now above a bunch of other posts that were *not* yet there yesterday. Why is the post in that position now?

No dates and times listed, only "x" hours ago. (As bad as Youtube)

"Yesterday at 12:27am"... does that mean this morning, Feb 1, at 12:27am, or yesterday Jan 31, at 12:27am?

Why is the post for "Yesterday at 12:27am" above a post for "9 hours ago" ?
... wait a moment, the posts are *ALL* out of order. One from 9 hours ago, then one from 6 hours ago, then one from 7 hours ago... WTF???

Person X's comment on Person Y's photo, shows up on Person X's wall, and therefore on my News-Feed (is that the word)? Except you have to click the link to actually see the comment. And then it looks like the photo belongs to Person X instead of Person Y, since that page says "Person X's Wall". And yet if you try to view Person Y's Wall, you see nothing.

You go back 2 days, and then you get "There are no more posts to show right now". So if you don't read a post within 2 days, you're just out of luck?

Oh, and posts that make absolutely no sense, because the person is apparently commenting on something else that you don't see.