flaviomatani: (computery)
( Aug. 9th, 2016 07:42 pm)
It would seem that Tsû, that other would-be Facebook killer, has bitten the dust. It is a pity, as it would be healthy if FB had at least some competition. At present only G+ has some sort of momentum but not remotely in any way that could replace or substitute for Facebook. 'Ello' is still there -but only just about. Everybody rushed to join when it came out but it quickly went very quiet. Is Diaspora still around?

There are many angles to this, but it boils down to one thing: your mum isn't on it, your cousin in Santiago or in Hong Kong isn't on it, your friends' party isn't on it and they all are on FB. This makes it very difficult to get an alternative going. It would be healthy if there was one, but it looks quite, quite difficult.

Yes, Livejournal is here and, if you're reading this, it means you are here and, probably some of your friends -but not all, certainly not your mum in Santiago or your cousin in Hong Kong -and that friends' party is not here either. It is not ever going to be a Facebook killer, although I do believe it has a role to play -but a different one.
flaviomatani: (computery)
( Nov. 4th, 2015 09:34 am)
Yet another Facebook killer:

http://www.tsu.co

Looks ok, it's quite busy at the moment and has several interesting angles (some of which in their Wikipedia page). Do they have a chance? Erm... probably not. So many have come and gone. The main problem with Facebook is not features, it seems to me, but momentum and, most of all, reach. If you can persuade my sister in Venezuela, my cousins and old aunties in Italy, my friends in the four corners of the globe to switch away from Facebook I'll then believe you have a FB killer. In the meantime, it's just a little fun to play with.

In any event, I'm there at http://www.tsu.co/flaviomatani -you can set up an account starting on that link.
flaviomatani: (Default)
( Dec. 15th, 2014 11:06 am)
I doubt many people will notice (except for a couple of family and friends who seem to be worried about the black user picture and send me messages asking me whether I'm ok) but I'm not using Facebook today.


https://plus.google.com/app/basic/events/ce4har11bm54cpldl30m7gt83a8
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I have learnt that [livejournal.com profile] alohura has been kicked out of Facebook -again because her FB name is not what FB deem to be her birth name- without so much as a warning. In previous cases people have received a warning to change their name to something compliant to the incoherent, inconsistent, self-contradictory rules FB states for names. Now they don't seem to be bothering even with that. I've even learnt of one case in which the name of the person was his legal name after a change by deed of poll years before this. FB would prefer him to have his _previous_, no longer legal, name....

[ Edit ] [livejournal.com profile] vexen has created an LJ community in relation to this. At the moment it is just a place-holder but it may come in useful to generate discussion and possible action around this issue. The address is:

http://fb-v-privacy.livejournal.com/profile
flaviomatani: (guitar)
( Nov. 13th, 2014 10:38 am)
This is getting beyond funny (which it never was). Another six friends have disappeared from my Facebook friends' list this morning, their profiles presumably deleted by the 'real name' FB police.
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In Venezuela, my country of origin, they have a saying, something about 'trying to kill mosquitoes using machine-guns'. Facebook seems to be indulging in a similar exercise. Several people in my friends' list who, for valid (and different in each case) reasons) have had to choose to use names which are not their birth names, have found their accounts deleted with apparently little warning and with only a recourse to appeal through a byzantine procedure. Whatever the origin of what is now happening there, be it a lonely loony troll rampage or a sudden re-surge of a misguided 'real names only' policy to 'try and make Facebook safer' or, more cynically, to 'be seen to be doing something about it even if they well know it is an ineffective and counterproductive measure, but their real interests lie with their advertisers, not their users', in any case it is resulting in a lot of grief and inconvenience for people who, again, have valid reasons not to use their 'real' names (in some cases their nicknames are what the only names the world at large knows them by) and astonishment and not a little anger to those of us witnessing this.

Facebook is a very useful tool but it also is dodgy in numerous ways -its privacy policies frankly suck, the very fact that they offer a useful and valuable service for nothing (other than advertising and the fact that we provide them with _a_lot_ of data that can be sold to corporations, and which if misused or mis-sold can be used against us, etc) which, as the old adage goes, means it is we who are the product.

I just hope they see sense -and in the meantime, trying to make waves and the tiny little bit of noise I can make (and, ok, mixing images) so they relent and see the error of their ways on this.
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flaviomatani: (Default)
( Feb. 21st, 2012 06:15 am)
Google plus seemed like a good idea: at the least, some balance to the omnipoly (yes, I know that's not a word) by Facebook and its manners. Unfortunately, it's turning out to be not much better than FB in several respects -I don't like the 'suggestions', some random stranger's posts suddenly appearing in my timeline because G+ 'thought' I might like them. The insistence on pushing me to add/invite my entire address book (because my friends need spam from me, of course). The whole 'nym wars thing didn't bother me much and didn't affect me personally but it wasn't a good sign. And of course it is incomplete. Picasa and Google calendars don't replace the photo and event functionality in FB -especially when there are only a handful of the people you know in it. But most of all, their policies don't seem to be that much better than Mr Zuckerberg's.

I'm not going to close my account any time soon, it is useful and allows me to keep in contact with some interesting people (and groups of people) I do not communicate with elsewhere and I like some of the ideas in its design, but it's not going to replace FB any time soon. Shame -I do believe Facebook needs competition.
flaviomatani: (lowflyingowls)
( Jul. 10th, 2011 11:46 am)
Google+ does seem to be taking off very quickly. Or perhaps it's the fact that I hang out with geeks -and goth geeks at that- who may be more likely to be unhappy with the failings of Facebook (especially regarding privacy, etc) and willing to explore alternatives. In any case, in a couple of days I find that a substantial number of people I know are on G+ already, with more appearing all the time. For a clearly as yet somewhat experimental and unfinished product that is very impressive. It might not follow the fate of Googlewave after all. We'll see..
copied from [livejournal.com profile] buca


HTTP vs. HTTPS.... (at last!)
While on Facebook, look at your URL address; if you see http: instead of https: then you don't have a secure session and you can be snooped on.

Go to Account|Account Settings|Account Security and click Change.

Check at least the first setting; FB defaults to the non-secure setting.

Also - change your bookmarks to https://www.facebook.com to login securely (this has been available for ages)

Note - this does not mean FB are being any more on the level with data that they harvest from you, it just means the sessions themselves are now encrypted (most of the time - its not 100 percent given the wording they use)

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flaviomatani: (harpya1)
( May. 21st, 2009 05:30 pm)
Apparently there is a phishing scam doing the rounds in Facelessbook. A message giving you a link. There have been a couple, purporting to come from people in my friends' list. In one case, he didn't send it and wasn't online or near a computer today, apparently.

The link in the ones I've seen sends you to some 'areps.at' site. I could have been taken in, thinking it was 'arepas'. Hmm, arepas... :P
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... first of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] sahra_patroness !!!

There are pictures from last Sunday’s celebration of her birthday, here (Facebook album)

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also a couple of pictures I took at [livejournal.com profile] pitufina’s on the occasion of her invite for a tamales Christmas lunch, (also Facebook)
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Finally, hope 2009 brings you all (us all, even) all good things! And, have a lovely NYE, whatever you may be doing. For my part, I will be at Vagabonds....
... first of all, Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] sahra_patroness !!!

There are pictures from last Sunday’s celebration of her birthday, here (Facebook album)

s544159918_1845944_9298.4RjJm3m44KbH.jpg

also a couple of pictures I took at [livejournal.com profile] pitufina’s on the occasion of her invite for a tamales Christmas lunch, (also Facebook)
s544159918_1847420_6974.NMVkC8fN8lGA.jpg

Finally, hope 2009 brings you all (us all, even) all good things! And, have a lovely NYE, whatever you may be doing. For my part, I will be at Vagabonds....
flaviomatani: (harpya)
( Dec. 15th, 2008 09:23 pm)
I have a friend request from one ‘Lolly Pop’ in facebook here. Who she?

[ Edit ] Aah, the mystery has been solved.... apparently...
flaviomatani: (harpya)
( Dec. 15th, 2008 09:23 pm)
I have a friend request from one ‘Lolly Pop’ in facebook here. Who she?

[ Edit ] Aah, the mystery has been solved.... apparently...
flaviomatani: (slippery when wet)
( Oct. 28th, 2008 12:07 pm)
... Facebook, that is. I’m still getting multiple notifications for events and invites. I can’t imagine that [livejournal.com profile] kynon would send me no less than four invites for his moustache group. Whatever made him think that....

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(I find that photo rather scary, actually...)
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flaviomatani: (slippery when wet)
( Oct. 28th, 2008 12:07 pm)
... Facebook, that is. I’m still getting multiple notifications for events and invites. I can’t imagine that [livejournal.com profile] kynon would send me no less than four invites for his moustache group. Whatever made him think that....

n669564714_649712_6979.5lsJvS2PBhBF.jpg

(I find that photo rather scary, actually...)
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flaviomatani: (Harpya2)
( Oct. 26th, 2008 12:37 pm)
I’ve received 21 messages on Facebook thus far today. Of these, two were real personal messages. The rest were general invites to go to this or that club or join this or that group. The noise to signal ratio seems to be increasing a lot on FB, at least for me. Hm.
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flaviomatani: (Harpya2)
( Oct. 26th, 2008 12:37 pm)
I’ve received 21 messages on Facebook thus far today. Of these, two were real personal messages. The rest were general invites to go to this or that club or join this or that group. The noise to signal ratio seems to be increasing a lot on FB, at least for me. Hm.
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