May 05, 2010, 9:48 PM — First, I need to get something off my chest. This blog, Thank You For Not Sharing (TY4NS), was not intended to be All Facebook, All The Time. It's supposed to be about privacy and social media in general. But to paraphrase Michael Corleone, every time I try to get away from Facebook, they pull me back in.
OK, now I feel better. On to today's items.
Item #1: Last time out I wrote about Facebook's failure to make parts of my profile private, despite all efforts on my part to do so. I also noted how incredibly difficult it is to go private on Facebook (ie, the 50-click problem), and suggested they adopt a simple, one-click solution.
I also solicited a response from Facebook, hoping to find out why its privacy controls don't actually work as advertised, and how it feels about my one-click privacy idea. I attached a receipt to my email to see what happened.
The box score: Five Facebook flacks read my email; three deleted it without reading. Zero responded. Nice.
I bet if Ellen DeGeneres made a cutesy commercial making fun of Facebook they'd have been all over it.
Item #2: On the same day Facebook was busy ignoring my queries, I received three (count em, 3) emails from friends of mine whose accounts had been phished. All of them urged me to join various Groups they apparently liked.
In one instance, a friend mistakenly clicked the "Join" button before changing her mind. That's all it took for some delinquent to spam everyone in her address book. This is the group she sent me to, your garden variety Acai Berry scam:
The box score: Facebook nailed one out of three, or 33%. An acceptable percentage for three-point shooting, but otherwise kinda crappy.