Would You Like Facebook As a Search Engine?

Facebook is saving your searches in your activity log.

It was announced by Facebook on Friday

Starting today, in addition to your other activity, you’ll be able to see the searches you’re making on Facebook. Just as you can choose to delete any of your posts, you can use the same inline control on Activity Log to remove any of your searches at any time. It’s important to remember that no one else can see your Activity Log, including your search activity.

What’s interesting is how Facebook positions this. They are saying that you can remove your searches. Translation: We have been tracking your searches for a while now ad before we get jammed again for abusing your privacy we are going to put out this preemptive strike.

Big Brother Facebook Wants You To Rat Out Your Friends

What is one of the signs that freedom is shrinking? It is the seemingly innocuous request by any type of leadership to have people turn in their friends over supposed ‘violations’ of the government or the governing body. It’s a sad time when this type of environment is perpetuated whether it’s in a country or a service that has enough people to be almost the largest country on the planet.

So what service are we talking about? Well, let’s see, here’s a few hints and see if we can figure this out. It’s a privacy concern and the tactic being used by the company looks heavy handed and probably makes people feel uncomfortable. Go ahead, just guess. Yup, you got it, Facebook.

LinkedIn Study Says Emotions Up Engagement on Both Personal and Professional Networks

It should come as no surprise that people visit Facebook and LinkedIn for entirely different reasons. They’re both social networks, but one is aimed at the personal side of life (family, friends, hobbies), while the other deals with the professional side (networking, jobs, business advice.)

Still, LinkedIn decided to conduct a survey to study this situation and they call it The Mindset Divide. The answers came from 6,000 social networkers across 12 countries, which sounds like a decent sampling to me.

Here’s a slice from their infograph detailing the main thrust of the study:

No big surprise here, but they went through the trouble to make this lovely graphic, so we’re going to share it. Now look at what motivates people on each network:

Solavei Launches Phone Network That Pays Back for Social Sharing

While part of the population is willing to camp out on the street in order to get their hands on the newest iPhone, other folks are struggling to pay their monthly mobile bill. For many people, the mobile phone has replaced their home phone so it’s their only connection to work, school and family.

Enter Solavei, the mobile network that not only offers a great deal, they offer cash back, too. We’re not talking $10 rebates here, we’re talking about recurring monthly income of up to (wait for it. . . . ) $20,000 a month!?

Solavei’s income option is based on the pyramid style affiliate program that used to generate millions of dollars back when the web was wild. Quite simply, I get a bonus for every person who signs up for phone service under me, and I get a smaller bonus for everyone who signs up under my friends. What makes this intriguing is the emphasis on social sharing.

Is Zuckerberg’s Frictionless Sharing World a Bust?

Remember back when Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg declared that frictionless sharing was the future? I remember that I was repulsed at the idea and the following proliferation of apps from the likes of the Washington Post, Yahoo and SocialCam confirmed just how annoying the whole thing would turn out to be despite Mr. Zuckerberg’s crystal ball act that told us what we liked and how we would like it.

Well, it didn’t take too long (around a year or so) for Facebook to realize that maybe people aren’t that interested in being constantly bombarded with everything that their friends are doing, reading or listening to after all. Yesterday, as Buzzfeed reports, there was a bit of an ‘about face’ announced.

Apple’s Response to Map Flap: Just Use It and It Will Get Better

This is weird. Usually we don’t have to write about or read about a major Apple screw-up. It’s just not how things happen in the world of Apple. Maybe it’s a post-Steve Jobs era sign or maybe it’s just the case of discovering that Apple, the company, is inhabited by humans rather than perfect product producing cyborgs.

Whatever the reason though the Apple Maps dust-up has been a major black eye for the usually near flawless company. Bad directions, terrible images and generally bad information have made Apple Maps a bit of a laughingstock in just a few short days.

Apple’s response? As reported by All Things D Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller offered this

Gasp! Survey Reveals That Many Online Reviews are Fake!

My world has been rocked, not once, but twice this week. First I found out that the reality series The X-Factor hid the fact that a 13-year old contestant was actual a Broadway pro in order to make the episode more compelling. That makes it more of a semi-reality series, doesn’t it? Appalling!

While I was still reeling from that shock, I checked into Mashable and found this: By 2014, 1 in 10 Social Media Reviews Will Be Fake. 

Say it isn’t so! I, like most internet users, trust those online reviews to give me the scoop before I check into a hotel, eat at a restaurant, or buy a new product. If 10% are fake, whom am I to trust?