Facebook Apologizes for their Privacy screw-up… kind of!

I just got an email from my system with a screen shot of a message she just got on Facebook. The message stated:

Worried about search engines? Your information is safe.

There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. That is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile. They will still only see a basic set of information.

Facebook Search Engine Privacy Message

Facebook Search Engine Privacy Message

NOT a rumor…

What Facebook is calling a rumor is documented by hundreds of posts around the web. About 2 weeks ago, Facebook’s “new and improved” privacy settings were announced. When you click next you get a screen to update your privacy settings (see image below). Many of the defaults on this page are to open your profile information to “everyone“, which includes search engines – and Google.

Google Dashboard: Google’s Answer To Privacy Concerns?

Google has consistently tried to battle privacy concerns regarding their tools and services. Users naturally are always skeptical about how the information that Google stores about them is being used. We, at Thoughtpick, raised the issue of privacy concerns that users have and most recently tackled this issue in the article discussing Google’s acquisition of Gizmo5.

To counteract this seasonal hailstorm of concerns, this time, Google has introduced the Google Dashboard. The Dashboard will include all the information they have about your Google accounts and offer one central location for you to manage the settings of all your Google services and accounts.

So does the dashboard deliver?

I was actually really looking forward to the Dashboard and interested in the features they will include in it: What kind of dirty little secrets does Google know about me? So when it was open for use, I excitedly went to google.com/dashboard and entered my account information to log into it and discover the much outed and unprecedented privacy central that Google is giving to me.

8 Tips to help you Become a LinkedIn Power User…

LinkedIn seems like the middle child of social networking, and is a hugely underrated site. The fact that its a zero cost business networking tool should definitely play to its advantage and it will surely hit its prime in the future. Like everybody else the only reason I got to join LinkedIn is because I kept on getting invitations to it until I gave in and gave it a shot. I spent a few hours filling up my profile and adding connections and the whole business only approach was very appealing and fresh change from the very personal nature of Facebook.

Android, Gizmo5 & adMob: The Scary Thought of Google As My Mobile Operator

The Google Leviathan has been on the move lately, engulfing several smaller fish on the internet. The latest “victim” being Gizmo5 a VoIP service a la Skype.
Gzimo5 Coupled with Google Voice has the prospect to be a very seductive concoction. Users will sign up to Google Voice and get a phone number that will forward all their calls to all their other numbers. It will also provide them with free conference calling and free voice mail to email services among many others. The service will also offer them ultra-cheap outgoing calls. if Google adds support for SMS and MMS it will allow the customer to completely circumvent the mobile operators per minute tariff and in general might do to mobile operators what the mobile did to the land line.

50 Top Noise-Free Twitter Tips in Social Media, Marketing, SEO & Design! Part 4

50 Top Noise-Free Twitter Tips in Social Media, Marketing, SEO & Design! Part 4

Quick Twitter Tips

Below you will find our fourth specialized well researched list of 50 Top Twitter Tips and Links divided into 5 distinctive categories: 1) Social Media & Technology, 2) Marketing & Advertising 3) Design, 4) SEO, 5) Motivational & More.

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Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

Fact: Real-time Search Satisfies 40% of User Queries!

OneRiot API

40% of users' search queries across major search engines is best satisfied by real-time search results. That is a huge number that opened the door for many dedicated real-time search engines to emerge. OneRiot is leading the pack with an interesting strategy that aims to distinguish itself to be the search engine that gives best...

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Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Semantic Web 3.0: The day you will have your own assistant, maybe?

Web 3.0!

The Internet, since its inception, facilitated sharing and accessing information but the information on the web was not interconnected. What the semantic web attempts to do is allow computers to socializes with each other and share and understand the information that interests them or their users and pull other relevant information...

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Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

Yahoo! Maktoob: Ready to Deal With Freedom of Speech and Piracy Issues?

Yahoo!Maktoob

After almost 2 years of rumors about this deal, Yahoo! made a big move last week when it purchased the Arabic portal Maktoob for an estimated $85 million. This is certainly one of the biggest moves in the Middle East tech field. What bumps to expect along the road?

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