The recent developments across the social networking big-wigs, Twitter and Facebook have called for more caution on the part of users. As Twitter sets to make its vast pool of data available for third parties and its API made accessible to developers, also working on Analytical products for advertisers, what place does users privacy occupy in the present scheme of things?
In the same vain Facebook earlier last week introduced 'Open Graph' - a platform enabling the social networking site and other websites to mesh users information and automatically personalize it for public experience. The Open Graph API enables Facebook and its participating sites to blend their respective users social graph to customize their site experience for individual visitors. And users are opted-in to the social sharing service by default.
The partnership driven service automatically enables a personal and social experience on certain external web-portals. When Facebook users for instance, visits a participating site, the partner website can use the public information available for that user, which includes name, gender, occupation and pictures.
Granting access to raw users data is perhaps not without perils, given the growing concern on privacy issues online. And as such many users will definitely not wish to have their informations publicly disclosed.
The following steps, however, will stem the extent to which your information is made available: Go to> Applications and Websites Privacy settings on Facebook, check for the option 'instant personalization' at the bottom of the page, uncheck 'Allow' box, and then confirm you want to opt-out. Also ensure you effect same changes to what your friends can share about you.
In conclusion, the web have indeed shifted focus to a more connected social hub, where users with real identity occupy the center stage - quoting Zuckerberg, however, failing to quantify and identify the security implications.
As if treading the path of collective-information sharing pioneered by Wikipedia - Facebook have announced two new features to its social networking services, Community pages and connected profiles service, according to its official blog post on Monday.
Following an early Tuesday morning announcement on the Twitter blog, the micro-blogging company have commenced displaying ads in its search result page - which service it terms 'Promoted Tweets.' The company co-founder, Biz Stone, iterated the company's value as an open and free information exchange opportunity for individuals and companies as against mere monetization.
Coming as no surprise, Google Webmaster Central blog on Friday announced the introduction of a new signal in Google search algorithm - Website Speed. In line with Google's philosophy - the faster the better, website loading speed reflects how quick it responds to query.
Real-time contents streaming has called for increased demand for site speed - and generally, a variety of free speed evaluation tools have been afforded to check and improve on site performance. Such free speed evaluation tools includes: YSlow - site speed evaluator from Yahoo, and Firefox/Firebug add-on called Page Speed. Also, the site performance log thats part of the Google Webmaster Tools labs.
Webmasters on-the-other hand have been called upon to avail themselves of these free tools to improve on the speed of their websites. As failure to optimize site speed will inevitably results poor ranking on Google search.
However, Google was quick to add that the speed signal does not carry as much value as the relevance of a page, stating that only 1% of search queries are affected by the site signal in the current implementation and that the speed signal only apply for search queries in English on Google.com.
Mozilla have announced an update process for stability and security issues with its browser, according to the Mozilla developer center blog post on Thursday. And thereby have made Firefox 3.6.3 available as a free download for Windows, Mac and Linux. The vulnerability - a memory corruption flaw, that could allow a remote attacker run an arbitrary code on a PC.
The release note has it that the flaw does not affect earlier versions of the browser, however, Mozilla had advised users of older version to upgrade, and recommending that all users should get this latest release.
And users already running Firefox version 3.6 will receive an automated update notification within 24 to 48 hours.
The list of changes to the new version have been made available here. Also, the major fix in the memory corruption reported by security researcher Nils of MWR InfoSecurity at the 2010 Pwn20wn contest last month.