Valleywag has put together a list of steps towards becoming a good Facebook friend. Which ones do you think work?
The steps are as follows:
1. Get in the friend zone.
2. Be the interesting one.
3. Interact with your friends.
4. Let it all hang out.
5. Remember the reality curve.
6. Fake it just a little.
7. Don’t set your relationship status to “It’s complicated.”
8. Link your social profiles to each other.
9. Make mutual “friends.”
10. Leave a wall post on birthdays.
Bonus: 11. Forget about it.
You can read about these steps in more detail by clicking here Also, don’t forget to add me as a friend on Facebook. Step 12, ask people to be your friend.
Over the weekend, Valleywag posted a pretty interesting graphic which showed which social networks were being used the most (by country) across the world according to Alexa.
According to the graphic, the U.S. primarily uses three different social networking services, Friendster, Myspace and finally Facebook. Myspace seems to be the service of choice for Australians while Canadians prefer Facebook.
What I find interesting about this data is that, some of the social networking services that failed to gain any traction in one country, ended up being cultural icons in others.
Check out the data set including the full image here.
As illustrated by Nick Douglas writer for Valleywag and a recent article on Mashable.com written by James Mowery titled Stalking 2.0 have users switched from wanting to remain anonymous to practically being stalked and not giving a hoot about privacy anymore? As most of us know, anonymity on the Internet is a tough thing to come by. Some say it doesn’t even exist. Why is it then, that so many people are using Web 2.0 services that practically broadcast everything they do with their computer system to the web?
It is unnerving to see so many users literally broadcasting much of their personal information to the web. I feel that if this trend of broadcasting ones life to the Internet continues, there will be a sharp increase in the amount of cases that deal with identity theft. Each one of these broadcasting services is a piece of a puzzle, collect enough pieces and you can put together a comprehensive profile on a specific person. One thing is for sure, browsing the web and going through a user’s online presence to compile personal information is a whole lot easier than hacking into a user’s system.
The next time I hear someone complain about Google and how much information they store on their users to accommodate targeted advertising, I am going to remind them that there are folks like Nick Douglas who can likely find the information they need about a particular person within 60 minutes of browsing each social networking site that a user may be apart of. Not every guy is as nice as Nick, and I whole heartedly believe that the social engineering types are gleaming with joy as the information they needed to work so hard to obtain is now given to them on a silver platter.
Who else is concerned about what is going on? Do I and others have nothing to worry about?