Five things you should know about social media (but may not)

Is Facebook really tracking users across the Web? Can anyone sign up for Google+? Can you get kicked off Twitter for tweeting too much? This quick quiz will reveal how much you really know about social media.

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Think you can separate fact from fiction in the wacky world of social media?

That depends on whether you believe Facebook will soon be charging for access, Twitter will boot you for tweeting too much, Google Plus is now open to the masses, and other bits of news that passed through the InterWebs this week.

Take this quick five question quiz and see how you do.

1. True or false: Facebook is about to start charging for “gold” access.

False.

This old chestnut got dusted off and got sent across the Webbernets last week following Facebook’s announcements about its spiffy new Timeline interface. This rumor is as false now as it was when it first surfaced at least two years ago. Yet it’s amazing how many people swallowed that hook, line, and phisher (and by “people” I mean certain members of my family who shall remain nameless).

No Facebook is not charging for access. Next question?No Facebook is not charging for access. Next question?

Image courtesy of Sophos’s Naked Security blog.

It makes no sense for Facebook to charge a monthly fee when it can make so much more money by keeping gazillions of users fat and happy clicking “like” and telling us what they’re watching, reading, and doing. Facebook’s business model is to scoop up all that information, wrap it up with a neat little bow, and then let advertisers use your recommendations to sell stuff to your friends.

Remember, the product Facebook is selling isn’t Facebook. The product Facebook is selling is you.

2. True or false: You can get booted off of Twitter for tweeting too much.

False.

If only that were true. And yet today in my email there came this lovely little piece of spammishness:

Your twitter [account] was suspended for huge tweeting and following.

Following aggressive numbers of users and tweeting too much in an attempt to make attention to your own account can be irritating to other users and is a violation of the Twitter Rules.

Irritating? Most certainly. Against the rules? Sadly not. But a man can dream.

According to the spamlet, the way back into Twitter’s good graces is to sign up for a few dozen affiliate offers. Thanks, but we’ll pass.

3. True or false: Facebook cookies are following you across the InterWebs.

False.

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