Tag Archives: Facebook

Video comes to Instagram

In a move that is not in the least bit surprising, it has been announced that Instagram will start offering video as well as pictures.

The move by Facebook (owners of Instagram) appears to be a direct challenge to Twitter’s successful launch of its video platform, Vine. Whereas Vine allows you to record 6 second videos Instagram will go over double that and allow anything between 3 and 15 seconds. Moreover it will offer users the ability to use the existing filters that already exist with Instagram.

The update will be available to both iOS and Android users and with the support of Facebook linking into users timelines I see another success story coming in the journey of Instagram.

Personally I won’t be using either service as I find the whole concept a little too public but to each their own.

Facebook hashtags – check your privacy settings!

As we all know Facebook loves to change its settings and add new features constantly. The latest is to introduce clickable hashtags and follow Twitter’s lead. This means that if you put a hash in front of a word it will become clickable for others to view, depending on your privacy settings.

The good news is that Facebook has said that it will honour people’s privacy settings like it does with the Graph Search ability. Therefore if you have your privacy settings set to “Friends only” then you will be fine. The problem arises when people don’t check their posting settings. For many people their posts are set to “Public” often with them not even realizing. I have noticed this especially when posting from phones. In the past even if you posted something under the public category it wasn’t too bad as there was no real centralized way to search but this has now changed. Furthermore now that Facebook has switched on this functionality it applies to all your past posts with hashtags as well.

How to check your privacy settings

With the above in mind you might want to double check your privacy settings and understand what and to whom you are posting. To check your privacy settings (from a webpage) click on the lock icon in the top right hand corner of the page. Click on the section where it says “Who can see my stuff?” and make sure that the “Who can see my future posts?” is set to Friends. If you are concerned with your previous posts then if you click on “More settings” in the same section, go and find and click on the section “Limit The Audience for posts you’ve shared with Friends of Friends or Public“. Here it gives you the option to set all of your past posts to Friends only if you desire. After that you’re good to go!

Hashtags

For those who want to enjoy using the new hashtag ability all you need to do is put a hash in front of a word and it will become hashtag clickable and thus searchable. To carry out a hashtag search of those who are talking about the same topic just click on the hashtag which will now be a link once something is posted, much like the same way that Twitter works. Alternatively you can also just search for hashtags by using the search function within Facebook and inputting a hashtag such as #privacy ;).

Hope this helps people! What do you make of the new hashtag functionality? Do you think it works or should Facebook just keep doing it’s own thing and stop trying to copy Twitter? Let us know your thoughts.

Won’t You Be My Buddy?

Budweiser is launching some new drinkware this summer. Forget the iconic red solo cup, that was so last century, now we have the Buddy Cup. A glass complete with a computer. This new cup is connected to your Facebook account and anytime you clink glasses with someone you become their “friend” on Facebook.

This is a really cool idea, in theory. The problems though are many. First off usually when I go to a bar I go with a group of my real life friends, who are already my friends on Facebook. Second, after my first drink I become everybody’s best friend. I am admittedly the girl at the bar that is annoyingly like “heeeeey guys, yeah bff, *clink* whooo”. And I can already imagine opening up my Facebook the next day and seeing “Julie Sutherland is now friends with John Barguy and 58 other people” and hearing my exasperated groan as I defriend all these random people or worse just get overwhelmed and leave it, because it doesn’t really matter. Unless one of them decides to stalk me.

Here I’m going to sidetrack myself to say this: I like Budweiser. I like Bud Light and Bud Light Platinum, and Bud Light Lime, I cried at the super bowl Clydesdale commercial and I absolutely love the St.Louis Cardinals (if this looks out of place to you click this link).

However, this Buddy Cup brings up not only Facebook privacy issues (not their first rodeo in this area) but also safety. I’m already aware that if you are my Facebook friend, even if we haven’t spoken in fifteen years, you know or could find out everything about me. I have my school and work listed along with my age, I’m listed as living in New York, I add photos of me in Central Park and the kicker I have checked in at my apartment and surrounding restaurants and bars before. But I have my privacy settings high, meaning only my approved friends can see these facts. Except when drunk Julie starts clinking classes with the entire bar. And that’s the big issue, is the Buddy Cup opening up our Facebook’s to people we barely know? Yes. Is this a privacy problem? Absolutely.

Also on a less scary stalker note, I know Facebook execs. want me to have a million “friends” and download Facebook Home and check Facebook every five seconds, but don’t they also want me to like my Facebook? I can’t help but wonder if watering our Facebook’s down with thousands of “friends” is going to have the opposite effect and continue to push our feet out the door? Is this the beginning of the end? What do you think?