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Facebook Privacy Settings Rendered Useless

The University of Florida has now found a quick and easy way to bypass Facebook’s privacy settings when screening for new hires. In addition to the traditional background and Google searches they have taken it a step forward. Now, they call potential hires in for an interview, hand them a laptop, and ask them to log into their Facebook profile. If the applicant complies, they are then instructed to show the interviewer around; rendering all their privacy settings null and void.

It’s not just UF either. This practice is now becoming regular procedure for many corporations across the United States. Unfortunately, not many college students know this. Fortunately, your friendly neighborhood blog, Another Day On Facebook, took it upon it’s shoulder to inform the inebriated masses that this is occurring.

Last Thursday we went to the University of Florida’s campus to inform and ask students what their bosses would see if this Facebook profile strip search ever happened to them. The video below contains their responses.

Whether or not you feel comfortable with your future boss looking through your Facebook does not take away from the fact that businesses are getting smarter. They now realize that people’s public Facebook profiles are, because of privacy settings, becoming less and less reliable as a judge of an individual’s character. To me this is just a wake up call. We have to be more careful when it comes to putting information online. Censoring, such as changing your profile to private, can only go so far.

Check back Wednesday for a comprehensive guide to not only protecting your information on Facebook but also preventive measures that will ensure your information does not get leaked to your friend’s friends.

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Disconnecting from Social Media

The Middle

As I realized that I did not need my cell phone or Facebook to connect I became scared. I felt as though removing myself from social media was equal to disconnecting myself from the world around me. I did not know exactly why I was fearful but I realized that I needed to take a closer look at the world that I was apparently “connecting” with. I did not know it yet, but in the end I would not view life any differently; I would just notice things that were missing.

This journey, this closer look, began by me listening to my parents for the first time. I stopped sitting on the couch, eating their food, watching their TV and I went outside. When I was younger I had heard of tales, from the older generation, of how they were the king of the basketball court or how they would sit on the corner and all the honeys who walked by would melt at their ice cold pick up lines. After I pondered how honey, already in a liquid state, could be melted by something as cold as ice, I went in search of these fabled courts and corners.

What I found confused me. There was nobody outside and when I returned back home, I asked an a man, from the older generation, where everybody had disappeared to. He looked me in the eyes, shook his head, and told me that they were gone. He told me how, when he was my age, the streets were filled with kids playing baseball and now they were empty. He told me of a local park, once the center of the neighborhood children’s activities, now forgotten and overtaken with weeds. He told me of how he asked his grandson to go outside and play and the child looked up, bewildered.

What he told me was merely a confirmation of what I had already known but refused to admit. What I had already feared but refused to address. By primarily connecting through cell phones, Facebook, and other social utilities, I am really just disconnecting myself from the world and people around me. I am continuously trading personal and physical interactions for those conducted online and over the phone. By trying to be intimate with strangers and the world, I am losing touch with the people and the city around me.

Facebook and other online social mediums are correct when they market themselves as social utilities that connect but only because they first requires us to disconnect.

To be continued…

A Networking Drought

The Beginning

With my cell phone continuously holstered at my hip I have officially become the 21st century cowboy. No matter what obstacle comes my way, I simply brandish my UT Starcom XV6800 and watch as they disappear. When I was lost, I fretted not for I had GPS. When my arms were taken in an unfortunate shark attack, I relied on a very capable voice command and when I was mugged I merely executed a quick draw, chucked the cell phone into the face of the would-be assailant, and ran for my dear life. (I had accidental insurance and bionic arms)

Unfortunately, my insurance was canceled and I, for a month, experienced a networking drought. This is when I discovered how reliant I was, or at least thought I was, on my cell phone. Ever hour I would call my number from a land line and check my voice mail, even though few people I knew ever left one. I posted Facebook status after status telling my 600 + friends that I was without a phone and if they needed to contact me they should do it through email yet only a handful did.

A week into this drought a realization hit me. Not many people cared that I was without a phone. Those who hadn’t called me before I lost my mobile most likely wouldn’t call afterwards. The friends that didn’t return my Facebook wall posts probably would not go to the extent of texting me and the individuals that I actually knew and liked were the people I interacted with on a day to day basis.

I came to understand that my cell phone and Facebook alike were meant as extensions of my social life and I had been using them as substitutes. The reason nobody responded to my forwarded texts or statuses is because even though they were on my friends list, they didn’t know me. They wouldn’t recognize me if I was sitting right next to them and they wouldn’t say hello if they did.

In truth I wasn’t even experiencing a networking drought. I was experiencing a revelation that I did not need my cell phone and Facebook to connect.

To Be Continued…

The Facebook We Love is Going Bye Bye

If you are a CrackBook addict like I am you may have just gone into withdrawal after reading the title of this post. Five minutes ago I too was in cold sweats, tears were flowing down my cheeks, and I was  frantically checking all my fan pages to ensure that I was still in favor of every bodily function under the sun.

Now, five minutes later, the cold sweats are gone, my beautiful yet masculine cheeks are dried, and I still am a fan of breathing. Yes, Facebook is still here but it is quickly becoming something foreign and frightening.

If you compared the Facebook of today to its 2003/2004 counterpart you would immediately notice stark differences. Not only would it be called TheFacebook but there would be no thirteen year olds bragging about getting slurred over the weekend, no multi colored calves being found in Farmville, and there definitely would be no live feed showing every thought that came to your “friend’s”  mind.

Instead you would find a network of university, primarily Ivy League, students communicating openly to each other. You know when people say the good old days? Well for Facebook these were those days. During this period Facebook was a private and exclusive social network of real friends that met, partied, and studied together on a regular basis. This is why there was a large level of trust and openness between its users.

Unfortunately, this culture of trust and openness remained even after the reason for it disappeared. In 2005 Facebook took, what Mark Zuckerberg referred to as, the next logical step and opened itself to all highs schools and then to anybody over the age of thirteen.

Mark Zuckerberg

As one prophetic, albeit drunk, college student said “it was a sign that the end times were near.”

He was right. Now individual’s information is shared not just with their friends, but with their friend’s friends, their fellow players of mafia, their future bosses, a random individual in the same group as them, and now everybody that has the same application as them.

The privacy and exclusiveness that made Facebook popular in the first place has all but disappeared and Mark Zuckerberg believes that this is perfectly alright. The creator of Facebook has deemed being public as the new social norm and has already set forth in making this so.

Recently Facebook attempted to change its terms of use to say that every picture uploaded to your profile is property of Facebook Inc. and can be used by them in any way they want. An online free service that aids individuals in deleting their profile, suicide machine, was banned by Facebook over a month ago and networks, which provide some privacy and exclusiveness, are scheduled to be removed.

The good ole days of Facebook are essentially gone and you know what? I kinda liked those days. Didn’t you?