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Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 13, 2015, 04:29:52 PM »

That's the best way c/k use it to your advantage, as to what suits you.

Facebook is making it easier to plan for your online afterlife

The world's biggest online social network said Thursday that it will now let users pick someone who can manage their account after they die. Previously, the accounts were "memorialized" after death, or locked so that no one could log in.

But Facebook says its users wanted more choice. Beginning in the U.S., Facebook users can pick a "legacy contact" to post on their page after they die, respond to new friend requests and update their profile picture and cover photo. Users can also have their accounts deleted after their death, which was not possible before.

If you want someone to manage your account after you die, click on the upside-down triangle on the top right corner of your page, open "settings" and find "security." For U.S. users there will be an option to edit your legacy contact, who must be a Facebook user. But you don't have to pick someone else to manage your account. You can also check a box to permanently delete your account when you die.

The person you choose to manage your account won't be notified of your choice until your Facebook account is memorialized. But you can send them a message before. Facebook will also send you an annual reminder of your pick. This could help if the person dies before you do, for example, or if your friendship cools as the years pass.

If you give your contact additional permission, they will be able to download and archive your photos, posts and profile information after you die. They will not be able to access your private messages. To log into your account, they will have to use their own Facebook login — they won't be able to sign in as you.

Facebook accounts are memorialized at the request of loved ones, who must provide proof of the person's death, such as an obituary. Facebook tries to ensure that the account of the dead user doesn't show up as a "suggested friend" or in other ways that could upset the person's loved ones.

Facebook, which has nearly 1.4 billion users, won't say how many accounts are memorialized, though Facebook product manager Vanessa Callison-Burch said there have been "hundreds of thousands" of requests from loved ones to do so.

Other Internet companies also offer ways to posthumously manage your accounts. On Google, a tool called "inactive account manager" lets you choose to have your data deleted after three, six or 12 months of inactivity. Or you can choose someone, such as a parent or a spouse, to receive the data. The tool covers not just email but also other Google services such as Google Plus, YouTube and Blogger.

Twitter, meanwhile, will deactivate your account if contacted by a family member or a person authorized to act on behalf of your estate, after verifying not only that you died but that the Twitter account is yours, since many people don't use their full names on the site.
Posted by: coolkorat
« on: February 12, 2015, 05:06:44 AM »

I have proclaimed my extreme distrust and loathing for all things social networky and their effects on society already

This made me wonder if a forum is a social network: on balance, probably not, as forums are generally anonymous so hardly social!

I joined as I was also disillusioned with FB but Ello is very design focussed and rarified and I've not taken to it at all. I still have FB and wouldn't close my account, but I rarely post to it. But it is sometimes useful. I find it most useful for sharing photos of the kids with widely spread family.

Perhaps new forum software developments will reinvigorate the forum genre over the coming years and add value (discourse looks interesting).
Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 11, 2015, 07:41:55 PM »

How Long Can Facebook Stay Afloat?

The title of this blog post might make you roll your eyes or raise your eyebrows.

You might think that this is another one of those alarmist hate pieces on everybody’s beloved social networking platform. Well, regardless of how you view it and despite all the nice earnings numbers recently, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) is up against the wall. It is up against a technical wall.

The wall that I am talking about is the amount of resources, programming talent, and overhead it needs to continue operating on a per-user basis. You might be puzzled by this because Facebook, after all, is making money. Well, the problem with this is that Facebook’s user base is highly uneven.

In the United States, its user base is not growing fast enough. In fact, in certain segments, it is showing some dangerous signs of stagnating. In other developed markets, the same pattern holds. However, in developing countries like the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and other emerging markets, Facebook is enjoying a healthy growth rate. What does this all have to do with Facebook’s profitability? A lot.

First, we are in this ridiculous situation where the ad value of users from the United States, Canada, Australia, and other developed countries vastly outweighs the ad value, if any, of users from the Philippines, Pakistan, and other countries. The reason for this, of course, is the amount of value advertisers place on each click from those countries. This is a very important point to keep in mind. For the most part, the system usage of a person accessing Facebook from the Philippines is the same as the system usage of somebody accessing Facebook from Beverly Hills, California. However, from an advertiser’s perspective, the Beverly Hills user is more expensive and worth pursuing. However, in terms of operational costs, they are the same.

Consider if Facebook’s overall usage and infrastructure load is weighted more towards developing countries. Then their user base in developed and highly lucrative markets remains stagnant or actually starts to decline. It is only a matter of time until Facebook faces a tipping point. At that tipping point, the amount of resources, infrastructure and overhead needed to keep Facebook afloat will overtake whatever revenue streams Facebook is able to squeeze out of its developed market users.

This scenario doesn’t face a question of if, but a question of when. Facebook definitely needs to squeeze as much revenue from all its user interactions and data while there is still time. Otherwise, it is going to be facing the same question that platforms like Friendster and Multiply unsuccessfully tried to solve in the past. You don’t want to be in the very tough position of trying to monetize a developing world traffic. It is an almost impossible task.
Posted by: Roger
« on: February 09, 2015, 05:26:55 AM »

Apparently there is a 'digital detox' facility available in the UK for £200 a day.
Your phones, tablets etc are confiscated for the day while you have counseling sessions, massage and hot tub therapy etc.
Excellent idea - but I bet at the end of the day the phones are grabbed and checked.
Posted by: takeitor
« on: February 06, 2015, 06:24:25 PM »

...and i know takeitor dislikes it...

...and I was being so restrained keeping out if this.

I have proclaimed my extreme distrust and loathing for all things social networky and their effects on society already, but the zombiefication epidemic seems to have fully taken hold in Thailand (and elsewhere) to the point where resistance is seemingly futile (but that doesn't mean I've been turned yet!)
Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 06, 2015, 04:55:45 PM »

Then who does like fookbook, is it a thai thing as most of my thai family use it, mostly for gossip.
Thank god mrs.t is not a member of f/b.

So we have roger, the crown,(formerly t/t) ;D myself, and i know takeitor dislikes it anyone else. Or is there any likes.


Posted by: Taman Tun
« on: February 05, 2015, 09:11:35 PM »

No, no Roger.  You cannot have your crown back.  I hate Facebook even more than you do.  A complete waste of time.
Posted by: Roger
« on: February 05, 2015, 08:20:59 PM »

Hello Thaiga and regarding Facebook - I don't like it.
If other people do, that's up to them.
I remember my eldest Son giving me a very hard time years ago because I refused to join. Oh but Dad we can keep in touch so easily. Yes but I want to talk to YOU not to your network. And I also preferred to let my Sons have their privacy.
I see Facebook as personal PR rather than communication.
Just a matter for despair when you see couples out together, often Falang/Thai, and the Lady is flicking through her F'book or whatever. You see Families out for special occasions and the Kids are elsewhere in cyber world.
So now TT I want my 'Grouch' crown back when you're ready !
Folks just don't talk to each other any more ..................
I can see Facebook as a major cause of depression.
Posted by: thaiga
« on: February 05, 2015, 03:39:06 PM »

Even the word facebook depresses me    :-[

Researchers at the University of Missouri-Columbia have found that being envious of your Facebook friends can lead to depression, a finding that should give some of us pause.

Based on a survey of 700 students, the study found that users who engage in “surveillance use” – “brows[ing] the website to see how their friends are doing compared with their own lives” – versus simply using the site to contact friends and family can experience symptoms of depression.

“We found that if Facebook users experience envy of the activities and lifestyles of their friends on Facebook, they are much more likely to report feelings of depression,” said Margaret Duffy, a professor at the MU School of Journalism. “Facebook can be a very positive resource for many people, but if it is used as a way to size up one’s own accomplishments against others, it can have a negative effect. It is important for Facebook users to be aware of these risks so they can avoid this kind of behavior when using Facebook.”

In short, hate-viewing photos of your friend’s fancy vacation or scrolling through your friends high-price purchases brings you down.

“We found that if Facebook users experience envy of the activities and lifestyles of their friends on Facebook, they are much more likely to report feelings of depression,” said Duffy.

Obviously this is a fairly small and specific sample and the signs of depression are manifold but these findings are an interesting data point and could help folks who find themselves obsessed with social media and unable to tell why they feel so awful. This could be a reason.

The study appeared in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.