What does this all mean? Essentially, it means that every single thing you do on Facebook, and if you’re logged in, on other websites, is
potentially tracked by Facebook, and saved on their servers.
To be clear, every company currently does some form of this tracking of users. There would simply be no other way to measure operations. But Facebook has quite clearly been tiptoeing outside the bounds of what is ethically acceptable data business practices for a while. Even if Facebook is currently not doing some of the things I mentioned (capturing pre-posts, messing with the News Feed,) they’re doing very similar work and there’s no guarantee of privacy or not being used in an experiment. It also means if you’re not active on Facebook, you could still be tracked.
Every single like you gave a post, every friend you added, every place you checked in, every product category you clicked on, every photo, is saved to Facebook and aggregated.
And, as Facebook points out, There is no such thing as privacy on Facebook.
Essentially, what this means is that you need to go into Facebook assuming every single thing you do will be made public, or could be used for advertising, or analyzed by a government agency.
Please take your time to fully read this piece by Vicki Boykis (published over Github): What should you think about when using Facebook?
Found this image today in my LinkedIn feed, and it had me think that yes: it’s true. Whatever we do in our offline or online life affects human relationships and there’s no ‘model’ or ‘rule’ to aim, just people with needs … the same one you have everyday. Whatever the scale!
Am I wrong?
There’s no easy way to say it but the Infinit file transfer service is shutting down on March 31, 2017.
Some folks may be wondering: Why? At the beginning of 2015, we started building another product, the Infinit Storage Platform — a sort of Dropbox for enterprise applications.
Over the last year, this product has gained momentum. As a result we have decided to discontinue our file transfer applications and focus entirely on our storage platform, taking effect on March 31, 2017.
Tonight Infinit servers sent to us customers this email. This has come entirely un-expected … and I’m a bit disappointed since I trusted them with translations help, promoting the service to my friends and wisely using it not taking advantage of my 100+GB pro account.
Also having become a Premium user I’ve let go lots of 3rd party offers (Cloudapp to say one) … and now I feel, uhm … betrayed by this marketing move.
Having said that … I was honoured to be a part of the team, even if providing just the Italian translations and the service was a pleasure to use.
I wish them all the best, and their Infinit Storage Platform seems really interesting … but now I’ll be very cautious to embrace their software as I did the fist time…