My Thoughts on Technology and Jamaica: Facebook removes Who can look up your Timeline by name feature - Facebook Pages vs Facebook Profiles as the Power of Privacy is in YOUR Hands

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Facebook removes Who can look up your Timeline by name feature - Facebook Pages vs Facebook Profiles as the Power of Privacy is in YOUR Hands

“Our concern, quite frankly, is that people think it provides a level of security, but it actually doesn't”

Nicky Jackson Colaco, part of Facebook’s Privacy team, in an interview with CNET in December 2012

The Social Media punchbowl just got a little more complicated. Facebook has now disabled the “Who can look up your Timeline by name”  privacy feature, making it easy for anyone to find you as stated in Now anyone can find you on Facebook -- no matter what”, published October 10, 2013 1:00 PM PDT by Jennifer Van Grove, CNET News and “Facebook no longer lets users hide from search”, published Thursday, October 10, 2013 | 6:30 PM, The Jamaica Observer.

Really Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg?

Like the Bowl below, your social lives are like “ants inna milk” now; once anyone knows your name, they can find you using Graph Search within Facebook, albeit they can’t see your profile page once you enable it for view by Friends Only as well as not searchable via Google!

Graph Search is Facebook’s Contextual Social Search Engine that allows you to make connections on Facebook as Search outside of Facebook using Bing Search Engine as explained in my Geezam blog article entitled “Facebook to introduce #Hashtags with emoticons, monetizing FB and making Open Graph Search Practical”. Facebook can now officially be called ‘Fass” Book as we Jamaicans like to style this most popular of Social Networks!

Essentially, anyone, not just the NSA or CIA, can find out about that embarrassing picture you wanna hide; more reason to like Snapchat as it’s a great way to test your friend’s loyalty with images that are a embarrassing yet fleetingly 10 seconds before self-destructing like chaff in the wind as originally argued in my blog article entitled “Snapchat now racks up 350 million shares of self-deleting snaps per day - Milennial Girl’s Litmus Test for Friends and future boyfriends”.

Aside for the reason given in the quote at the start of my ditty, it’s hardly used by anyone on Facebook. Also it’s pointless; it doesn’t stop your annoying boyfriend from finding you; if your still friends with one of his friends, he can still find you via clicking on your name in a post or any tagged photos and perusing your friend’s Friend list. 

Thus Big Social Blue had decided to kill off the feature in December 2012 as stated in “Facebook privacy settings get reworked once again”, published December 12, 2012 8:50 AM PST by Donna Tam, CNET News. This was to introduce Graph Search in early 2013, which hasn’t helped Facebook’s cause much against Google+ as stated in my blog article entitled “Facebook extinct as Chrome to be No. 1 Browser in 2012AD – FB rides Bed Knobs and Broomsticks Mobile Revolution against Google+”.

Facebook is still growing Strong, like House Tyrell in Game of Thrones with over a billion active users as concluded in my blog article entitled “Facebook continues to grow despite challenges from Mobile Social Network - Facebook is Growing Strong like House Tyrell in Game of Thrones”.

But with this recent removal of one more layer of Privacy coupled with Graph Search means the NSA (National Secret Service), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigations) and CIA (Central intelligence Agency) – or worse your employer – being able to read your free-minded posts or rants, getting off Face book now would be a really good idea for many! Especially as it makes you a target of advertising from these heavy hitters who have massive Facebook followings by the way!

But there are alternatives to nuking your Facebook page….and they all start with YOU!

Facebook Privacy gone Personal – Beware of what you post

If you’ve read the blog article of Fellow blogger and Social Media Expert Kerry Kimone on the difference between Pages and Profiles “Pages and Profiles are NOT the same”, viewed August 27 2013 by Lindsworth, published by Kerry Kimone, Kerry is Social, you’ll realize why it’s important as a blogger why you need a Facebook Page. Remember the below motto!

A Facebook Profile is just a regular Facebook Page that anyone can set up once you have an email account. A Facebook Page, however, is specific to a business and as such what you post on it should be of relevance to that business as it’s designed to sell your business.

Also, a Facebook Page gives you more options as it relates to analytics to see who’s visiting your Facebook Page, very handy for running Social Media Campaigns according to Kerry Kimone’s article “Social Media Mafia” viewed August 27 2013 by Lindsworth, published by Kerry Kimone, Kerry is Social.

Not to mention free Blogger integration tools that allow you to add a Facebook Comment Box onto your Blogger Blog as explained in my blog article entitled “How to integrate a Facebook and Google+ Comment Box in Blogger to increase Blog Traffic - Managing your Google+, Facebook and Blogger Profiles”!

This handy guide below, albeit meant in jest, gives a fairly good Social Media Guideline as what you should and should not post and where to post it.

So it’s simple.

Even better, as Social Media Expert Kerry Kimone advises, you can just have a Facebook Page for your business Clients, as contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have 5000 friend to get a Facebook Page. You can simply apply for one. You can then set up a Facebook Profile that’s not in your real name but a pseudonym. You can also avoid using your real picture and instead use an avatar that represents your emotional state!

Despair not Facebook Faithful! It doesn’t have to get so drastic as getting a separate Facebook Page!  Setting your Security options in Settings for your posts and pics to “Friends Only” instead of “Everyone” as well as the option to allow you Facebook Page to be Searchable via Search Engines such as Google will still prevent people from Googleing you and looking on your private snaps!

Problem Solved. No need to nuke your page, as the Power of Privacy is in now in YOUR Hands!

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