Archive for November, 2012

Title: Privacy Groups Ask Facebook to Abandon Proposed Policy Changes

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Privacy watchdogs are not amused by Facebook’s plans for its data use policy.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Center for Digital Democracy (CDD) say the pending revisions, announced Nov. 21, “will impact the privacy of users and their ability to participate in site governance.”

Facebook has announced an end to users ability to vote as part of the site governance process. The site also plans to restrict users’ ability to prevent unwanted messages and combine personal information from Facebook with Instagram.

EPIC and CDD say not only will the changes give people less control over their inboxes, it is also “likely to increase the amount of spam that users receive.”

Facebook vice-president for communications, public policy and marketing Elliot Schrage said the social networking site wants to end the “voting component of the process in favor of a system that leads to more meaningful feedback and engagement.”

“We deeply value the feedback we receive from you during our comment period,” he wrote in a blog. “In the past, your substantive feedback has led to changes to the proposals we made. However, we found that the voting mechanism, which is triggered by a specific number of comments, actually resulted in a system that incentivized the quantity of comments over their quality.”

Originally, Facebook allowed users to vote on proposed changes. If there were more than 7,000 comments and the proposed changes were voted on by at least 30 percent of Facebook’s active users, the change would go into effect. However, with about 1 billion users, getting 30 percent to vote would be virtually impossible.

Under the new system, Facebook is allowing users to comment or like the proposed changes.

The EPIC and CDD say that is simply not good enough.

“Because these proposed changes raise privacy risks for users, may be contrary to law, and violate your previous commitments to users about site governance, we urge you to withdraw the proposed changes,” the groups wrote in a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

If the proposed changes become reality, Facebook would also be able to construct integrated user profiles that include people’s personal data from its site and from Instagram.

The move would be comparable to that taken by Google when the search engine said it would unite users’ personal information from its Web services — search, e-mail, Google+ — to better tailor the experience to the user.

The EPIC and CDD say Facebook’s proposed changes will likely elicit the same response as that which Google received.

“Earlier this year, a similar data consolidation by Google prompted objections from privacy organizations, members of Congress, European data protection authorities, and IT managers in the government and private sectors,” the groups wrote in the letter to Zuckerberg.

“Thirty-six state attorneys general sent a letter to Google claiming that the data consolidation ‘invaded consumer privacy by automatically sharing personal information consumers input into one Google product with all Google products’ and that it made ‘more of [consumers’] personal information vulnerable to attack from hackers and identity thieves.”

Facebook is also subject to the terms of a recent settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the groups reminded Zuckerberg in the letter.

“The settlement prohibits Facebook from misrepresenting the extent to which it maintains the privacy or security of covered information. Additionally, prior to any sharing of users’ personal information with a third party, Facebook must make a clear and prominent disclosure and obtain the affirmative express consent of its users.”

For more information on Facebook Privacy, see EPIC: Facebook.

 

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Title: Matt Cutts Says His Blog Has Helped Him Get Into The Webmaster Mindset

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This week, we’ve already seen Google release a Webmaster Help video with Matt Cutts talking about SEO, and the prospect of having it renamed something else to shed negative connotations. Today, Google has put out another video of Cutts talking about SEO.

This time, Cutts is responding to the following question:

“Have you learned something about SEO that you wouldn’t know if you haven’t had your blog?”

He says that something he didn’t expect from having a blog was that it helped him step into the mindset of a webmaster or a site owner “a lot better”.

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Title: The Secret to Getting Recommendations on LinkedIn

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LinkedIn recommendations can be a great way to prove yourself to people who find you while searching the social network. The process LinkedIn actually recommends for getting recommendations, however, is definitely not the best way to do so. Let’s take a look at the secret that will help you to obtain more recommendations.

Why should you even be worried about this in the first place? When people visit your profile, one of the things they can see is the number of people who have recommended you. The higher that number is, the more likely it is they’ll want to do business with you. That’s even more applicable if they actually know any of the people listed.

LinkedIn makes it very easy to ask for recommendations. Don’t!

Although that’s their suggestion for getting them, through my own tests on my account and the accounts of others, I’ve discovered a secret that results in many, many more recommendation than by simply asking. Ready for the secret?

Give before you get.

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Law of Compensation applies here. I’m paraphrasing, but essentially he said, “To get more, you must first give more.” In fact, although LinkedIn recommends asking, their system is actually wired to work better for those giving them. The first thing you’ll want to do is go through your contact list and pick out people that you know, like and trust, and that you’re pretty sure feel the same way about you. Obviously, you don’t want to lie just to get more recommendations, so this step is fairly important. You can choose people you’ve done business with, but you can also pick someone you’re in a professional organization with, or even someone who has been a client or customer of yours.

Next, you recommend them. Write a brief description of why you feel you can give them your endorsement, then submit it. They will receive an e-mail asking them to approve your recommendation so it can be shown on their profile. Immediately after they approve it, it will be displayed on their profile. LinkedIn will then suggest they return the favor.

Of course, not everyone you recommend will do so. But within two to three days, you’ll generally see a 10 percent to 20 percent response rate of people recommending you back.

So start going through your list of contacts today and see whom you can recommend.


Tim Priebe is a public speaker, author, columnist, and the owner of T&S Web Design in Oklahoma City. He has been working on websites since 1997, and has experience in areas such as search engine optimization, blogging, e-mail newsletter marketing and social media, among others. He regularly assists clients with their presence on social networks including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube.

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