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Techie Tuesday

Edition 1, Volume 13

All About Facebook –
Part 7: Potpourri and wrapping it up

Over the past few weeks I’ve discussed Facebook basics, gone over the differences and similarities between Timeline, Groups, and Pages, talked about privacy and account settings, and shared how to navigate the Timeline. This week I’d like to sum things up by going over a hodgepodge of miscellaneous items.

At one time or another everyone hears rumors about Facebook. Most are myths. Below are a few of the most common, and Facebook’s response to each1:

Facebook is going to start charging people to use it.
According to Facebook, they will always keep it a free service for everyone.

Advertisers have access to my personal information.
Facebook’s ad targeting is done anonymously by their system, without sharing personally identifiable information with advertisers. If advertisers select demographic targeting for their ads, the system automatically matches those ads to the appropriate audience.

Facebook sells my information.
You have control over how your information is shared. Facebook does not share your personal information with people or services you don’t want. They do not give advertisers access to your personal information. They do not and never will sell any of your information to anyone.

Others know when I view their profiles (timelines)
Facebook doesn’t currently provide an application that allows people to track profile (timeline) views or statistics on the views of any specific personal content. Third party developers, however, may offer other applications that provide some of this functionality. Please keep a few things in mind for these applications:

    • Applications CANNOT track profile (timeline) visits for people who simply go to another person’s profile (timeline); Facebook has made this technically impossible.
    • In order to be tracked by an application, you will need to specifically agree to allow the application to track your actions.
    • Adding an application that provides this functionality is purely optional. If you do not want to participate, don’t add the application to your account.

People know who’s viewing my profile (timeline) and how often it’s being viewed.
Facebook does not provide a functionality that enables someone to track who is viewing your profile (timeline), or parts of your profile (timeline), such as your photos. Third party applications also cannot provide this functionality. Applications that claim to give you this ability will be removed from Facebook for violating policy. You can report applications that provide untrustworthy experiences.

Account Hacking
Hackers are clever. They will pretty much do anything they can to gain access to your account. To avoid being compromised, here’s a basic rule all Facebook users should follow: If a Facebook app says you need to download something, fill out a survey, or sign into Facebook again to see special content, exit the app immediately. An app should never force you to log in again, fill out a survey, enter a promotion, download a toolbar, or take any other unrelated action. The only thing that an app can require you to do to see content is to “Like” its profile page.

Apps and Games
Looking for Facebook-approved apps and games? Go to https://www.facebook.com/?sk=apps&ref=ts to find a complete list.

Facebook Questions
Facebook Questions lets you get recommendations, conduct polls and learn from your friends and other people on Facebook. For more information about this feature go to https://www.facebook.com/help/facebook-questions

Facebook Mobile
Facebook Mobile allows you to access your Facebook account from any iPhone, Android, or iPad. For more information or to get the app, go to https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=314891285187634&ref=hcsubnav.

Last but not least, whether novice or expert, Facebook Help offers a plethora of information for a wide range of users. To access help go to https://www.facebook.com/help.

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Next week: Email virus or hoax? How to tell.