I once briefly dated a guy whose entire Twitter feed was about biking. He spent his day posting links to cycling routes, talking about his bike, communicating with other biking enthusiasts, advocating for cyclist safety efforts, and putting up photos of cars obstructing bike paths. All of this is admirable, of course, but the problem was that I didn't have a bike, like to bike, or care very much about biking at all.
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If you're tired of seeing all of those "on this day" posts on Facebook, you're going to hate Facebook's latest update. The social network launched a new Memories page this week, essentially an expanded version of its "On This Day" feature where you get the pleasure of reminiscing about that burger you ate one year ago today or that time you posted that drunk selfie.
Over the last couple of years, we've seen social media tools significantly change the way our feeds are represented to us. It's a source of frustration as it can make finding an interesting post hard to find again and we miss things that happen when the algorithm decides for us that the item isn't something we'll engage with. Instagram has revealed what they do to manage our feeds. And while the make it all sound like it's in our best interest, that's not always the case.
This week, password manager Dashlane analysed ten years' worth of passwords from public data breaches. The big lesson is, don't reuse passwords. Not even a little, not even with a "formula". Password formulas are easy to hack. And even your bullshit accounts deserve strong, unique passwords.
If you're tired of the hell dimension that is present-day Twitter, internet renaissance man Andy Baio has the link for you: here's what your Twitter feed would look like ten years ago today (if you followed all the people you follow now). Of course, you can only see tweets from people who were already on Twitter in these early days. Your old feed is probably quiet. It's probably nerdy. And it's probably calming.
For about 15 minutes, building a strong Klout score was a big deal. The service looked into all your social media feeds, assuming you gave it access, and then worked out how influential you were. It was acquired for a ludicrous $200M four years ago by Lithium Technologies but the service will be shutting down on 25 May 2018.
If you can't bring yourself to delete your Facebook account entirely, you're probably thinking about sharing a lot less private information on the site. The company actually makes it pretty easy to find out how much data it's collected from you, but the results might be a little scary.
If the last few weeks of Facebook scandals have revealed anything, it's that the social network already knows way too much about us. But in case you needed another reason to stop giving Facebook your personal info here's a good one: it could get your online accounts hacked.
Today the Wall Street Journal listed all the data Facebook can grab when you upload a photo, based on Facebook's privacy and data collection policies. The list illustrates what we've said before: Facebook doesn't need to spy on your through your microphone, because you already let it spy on everything else you do.
If you've been on Twitter for too long, or gone on binges where you follow too many people at once, you can end up with a crowded, even toxic Twitter feed. In the twelve years I've spent on Twitter, I've ended up following an unwieldy crowd of over 3,700 accounts. I can't make a big dent just by manually unfollowing people in my feed, so I use ManageFlitter, a powerful tool to sort and act on my followers.
Most people use their Facebook accounts to log into websites and apps on a regular basis, but after the company's recent privacy scandal, it's clear that doing so can put your personal data at risk. To its credit, Facebook has made it possible to delete those logins for years, but it was always a tedious one-at-a-time process - until now.
In its April issue, a writer at The Atlantic makes the argument that "retweets are trash". Whereas once if you wanted to repeat something someone else had said on the platform you would have had to create a whole new tweet and add a "RT" in front of it, the addition of the retweet button has made it so people will often share the thoughts of others without fully thinking through those statements. Now there's a new tool to actually make that happen called Blindfold.
You can't stop Facebook from tracking everything you do on the social network (unless you delete your account, of course), but there is a way to stop it from tracking where you go once you leave the company's walled garden. All you need is Mozilla's new Firefox browser extension: Facebook Container.
It isn't quite #deleteFacebook, but there's also a growing movement to wipe Snapchat from smartphones. The company's poorly-received redesign, combined with an offensive ad that recently appeared in the app, have pushed more people to abandon Snapchat entirely - including your favourite celebrities.