As your college frat bro often slurred, “Here’s to the nights we can’t remember with the friends we’ll never forget!”
Unfortunately, if you or a fellow partygoer uploaded any of those forgettable moments caught on film on to Facebook, odds are they won’t actually be forgotten anytime soon.
According to yesterday’s post on All Facebook, the behemoth of social networking is still trying to figure out how to eliminate cached version of photos deleted from the platform. This “bug” is cause for concern not only from a customer service standpoint, but also as a privacy issue.
Facebook has been under heavy scrutiny for its privacy facing sanctions from the EU and several lawsuits. For those that care about privacy, the FTC and Facebook reached a milestone settlement today that will force Facebook’s privacy setting to be more transparent.
Zuck wrote a blog post to address to the settlement and to reaffirm the social network’s commitment to the user community and even admitted to mistakes. Under the agreement, all new changes to privacy settings will be opt-in, Facebook will have to submit to bi-annual privacy audits, and bar access to content on deactivated accounts.
With the announcement of Facebook’s new format, “The Timeline,” the platform departs from its text-heavy ways and embarks on a more visual and curatorial path. When this update rolls out to brands, videos and photos will be given greater prominence on pages and companies will have the opportunity to pick and choose their highlights. Ultimately, Facebook’s facelift will task luxury brands with communicating a cohesive brand narrative, using high-quality, visually dynamic Facebook content.
Why an Anti-Facebook User is Returning to the Social Sharing Platform. For now
You would think that having “social media” in my job title, I would be entitled to love, cherish and accept all social platforms. Despite the fact that I have “social media” in my job title, I used to make it fairly clear that I was anti-Facebook. Sure, I was a heavy user from when the social sharing platform began in 2004 exclusively to colleges in 2004 but when it opened up to everyone in 2007, I backed down. Facebook, in my opinion, began to lose its way. From the plethora of Likes and uncoordinated groups to the countless friends showing up in my feed that I accumulated in college, it lost me. (I also put out by Mark Zuckerberg’s constant stage appearance in a hoodie and jeans. I know you’re a billionaire and 27, but you’re a CEO. Dress like you care.) And yet, here I am. Updating my Facebook profile. The only way that can effectively explain this behavior: The Stages of Grief.
Okay, not really EVERYTHING but I’ll do what I can. The biggest takeaway by far from yesterday’s F8 conference is that Facebook is out for world domination. Seriously. Facebook wants to ensure that Facebook.com is the only website you ever visit. It wants to become your homepage, your virtual scrapbook, your entire online identity.
Let’s recap some of the new features that will help Facebook sprint a few meters towards its goal. Facebook introduced at the conference, which at one point boasted over 110,000 viewers.
The latest adaptation of the Facebook news feed debuted today for many users, provoking a predictably passionate response. Change is difficult to accept, especially when it happens practically overnight to a network on which we spend an insane amount of our time. If you take a look at the user comments on the Facebook blog, you’d think Zuck had wished ill upon all of our mothers. All Facebook wonders if more people are complaining than ever before. The easy answer is ‘yes, no shit’ more people are complaining because the number of users on the social network has reached an all-time high, and each of our own personal networks has surely grown since the last update. But the truth is, you really don’t care.