Good riddance facebook?

#81
They actually nicked the name from Harvard University.
For years before the online Facebook Harvard would each year produce a "Facebook" for Harvard College and for each of the graduate schools. When you receive your admissions letter you also receive a form to fill out with a mini biography and it had to be returned with a recent picture several weeks before classes start. On your first day of class you are issued a Facebook containing each student's picture, mini bio and your university email address. I was a student at the Kennedy School of Government and it was handy. Most K School students have worked for a varying number of years in government and if you were seeking information about some area of interest for your studies you could find a classmate with expertise.
I recall when I was taking a terrorism course having a terrible time keeping all the similarly named Palestinian terrorist groups straight in my mind, a problem exacerbated by the fact than all Arabic names sound the same to me. I sat down with a classmate who had just returned from a tour with the Agency as a field analyst in Damascus station. He described the groups and did a "family tree" of which showed which groups split off for what reason, which groups coalesced to form Black September, etc. I aced the exam after his tutorial. Whatever field is involved; military, law, health, national security, agriculture there was someone in your class who had a lot of knowledge in the field.

I do hope Zuckerburg is is making respectable donations to Harvard for nicking the name.

As to the online Facebook, I find it a lot of fun. I keep up with school friends, check out pictures of my cousins grandchildren and my Godkids and see pictures of friends and family members vacations. This week seeing pictures of Pyeongchang as my neighbors' son is competing there in Ice Hockey.
The popular peoples front of Judea.
The peoples front of Judea.
The Judean peoples front.
ETC.

I doubt very much that you graduated.
 
#82
The popular peoples front of Judea.
The peoples front of Judea.
The Judean peoples front.
ETC.

I doubt very much that you graduated.
Yes he did.
 
#83
They actually nicked the name from Harvard University.
For years before the online Facebook Harvard would each year produce a "Facebook" for Harvard College and for each of the graduate schools. When you receive your admissions letter you also receive a form to fill out with a mini biography and it had to be returned with a recent picture several weeks before classes start. On your first day of class you are issued a Facebook containing each student's picture, mini bio and your university email address. I was a student at the Kennedy School of Government and it was handy. Most K School students have worked for a varying number of years in government and if you were seeking information about some area of interest for your studies you could find a classmate with expertise.
I recall when I was taking a terrorism course having a terrible time keeping all the similarly named Palestinian terrorist groups straight in my mind, a problem exacerbated by the fact than all Arabic names sound the same to me. I sat down with a classmate who had just returned from a tour with the Agency as a field analyst in Damascus station. He described the groups and did a "family tree" of which showed which groups split off for what reason, which groups coalesced to form Black September, etc. I aced the exam after his tutorial. Whatever field is involved; military, law, health, national security, agriculture there was someone in your class who had a lot of knowledge in the field.

I do hope Zuckerburg is is making respectable donations to Harvard for nicking the name.

As to the online Facebook, I find it a lot of fun. I keep up with school friends, check out pictures of my cousins grandchildren and my Godkids and see pictures of friends and family members vacations. This week seeing pictures of Pyeongchang as my neighbors' son is competing there in Ice Hockey.
I foolishly declined applying for a Kennedy School place, through work. A former boss went there - echoed what you said - and is now the Dep National Security Adviser
 
#84
It's been widely known that the age demographic on Faceache switched from children to that of their stalking parents several years ago. With children only posting stuff to keep their anxious parents off the trail.

The three things in which it fails are in the irrational and crap algorithm indexing which decides what you see and the illogical sequence it appears. Their resolute failure and arrogance to adequately moderate content and the complexity of security settings designed only to extract data for resale to marketeers rather than personal security.

One of the things I always find when working on Facebook in an official capacity is the resolute failure to "find stuff" (unlike the forum social media concept which groups and indexes historic data by searchable content).

Facebook knows all about these calculated failings and simply produces the latest fashion in social media to retain the demographic they "lose" from another, usually by plagurising a similar platform. Instagram and WhatsApp being just two examples.
Facebook own WhatsApp. And are currently in trouble with the French for transferring data from it to Facebook for 'targeted advertising'.
 
#85
The popular peoples front of Judea.
The peoples front of Judea.
The Judean peoples front.
ETC.

I doubt very much that you graduated.
and:
The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine
The Popular Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Palestine
The Popular Socialist Front for the Liberation of Palestine
and so on



PS - I did, MPA, class of 1986
 
#85
I foolishly declined applying for a Kennedy School place, through work. A former boss went there - echoed what you said - and is now the Dep National Security Adviser
Well, there is no age limit for admissions to K-School. I had a classmate who was with the Agency and aged about 60. Cool lady who was on the night shift, leading the team that creates a morning bulletin for POTUS, VPOTUS, all the Joint Chiefs, DCI, agency heads in the intelligence community.

As a native of Cambridge with a home and family there I had no desire to shift to a new career doing great things around the world. Some of my classmates did move up quite bit. My closest friend there was a USN LT who retired as a Captain and was the National Security Council person who gave a daily briefing to the VP. He might have gone higher as he had been assigned command of a big deck but chose to retire after 24 years. Another was a LT, USN who went on to carry the Football, then moved on to command a DDG and retired with three stars as Ass't to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs. A classmate who came to K-School as a FB-111b pilot and later retired as a USAF one star after serving as the equivalent of Dean at the Air Force Academy.

The always are a number of students who come from the UK and the Commonwealth. One classmate was an Inspector in the New South Wales police, moved upwards in NSW and then became Commissioner in Chief of the Victoria State Police. Another classmate arrived as an Inspector of the Kent police* having joined the police with a Masters in Mathematics and Computer Science from Cambridge University. He returned to the UK and while getting a couple of promotions in an anti-terrorist unit earned a PhD in the UK, returned to Cambridge(US) and is now full time faculty at K-School.

Perhaps of interest to Arrsers who are involved in policing, the is, or at least was, a program providing grants for students from police forces in the UK and the Commonwealth. While I was there I had classmates who were from police agencies in UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

One thing of note to those who may apply. Admissions is not all based on academic brilliance (after all, they did allow me in). They seem to try to get students from all areas of government and a geographically diverse group. You learn from the faculty but you also learn a lot from your fellow students. To get back on thread for a moment, the original Harvard version of Facebook lets you know what the backgrounds of your fellow students are so you can find a colleague to learn from.

* re the Kent police classmate - just in case KnockKnee, BounceBananna is hanging around he never ever told me anything about the Thanet Ranges (whatever the hell they are)
 
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#87
Yep. I am victim to that also. I never gave Facebook my moobile number but it is now linked to my account - presumably via WhatsApp.
Hmmmm. I use WhatsApp, but have no FB account. Surely it's against the rules to be migrating personal information between those accounts without your express permission.
 
#88
Hmmmm. I use WhatsApp, but have no FB account. Surely it's against the rules to be migrating personal information between those accounts without your express permission.
Did you read the T&C's?

Personal information is taken pretty seriously here in Aus, I am not sure about Faceache etc. but every contract I put in place I have to state specifically which countries I can disclose personal data to, you cannot put this is general terms.

Yet we still get very accurate spamming and advertisements.

So not only between accounts but also sharing personal data across countries?

Dodgy as fook, but personal data is worth a fortune.....
 
#89
When asked for date of birth etc from websites that I consider don't need to have this information I simply use my alternative birthday, i.e. the one that I made up. So I am now like royalty in that I have a real birthday and an "official" birthday. Anyone who hacks FB and then tries to access my bank account is going to get a surprise when they get fvcked off.

Ditto I have an alternative phone number which goes to an old PAYG Nokia that I have as a standby which gets turned on once a month. Even so, I don't give FB any phone number, don't use the FB app and only use it via a browser with adblocker, blocked 3rd party cookies etc.

You will also find that TalkTalk are very good at sharing your personal details with lots of people on the sub-continent as well as other companies in the TT group. Never mind that they secretly track your data use and where you go (google TalkTalk Phorm and TalkTalk URL harvesting).
 
#90
Never mind that they secretly track your data use and where you go
That's an incentive to visit as many [legal] stomach-churning sites as you can, then, if you're a TT customer. :D
 
#91
I joined Facebook back in 2006 when it was very new on the scene and I was still in my early 20's, it seemed like a good way to get back in touch with people I hadn't seen since leaving school and seeing what they were up to with their lives. At the time I was also on Faceparty and MySpace but both of them were quickly killed off by Facebook. It also killed off a huge amount of message forums at the time which was a shame, I used to belong to a few relating to the clubbing scene which was a big part of my life then but when Facebook came along they became deserted almost overnight. I do still use Facebook but I don't post half as much stuff on there as I used to, I don't like the design anymore and I absolutely hate the constant intrusive adverts and auto-play videos that eat my mobile data when browsing on there.

I agree with that article that Facebook has peaked and will likely become less relevant over the coming years though. It's ultimate demise will come when it isn't making enough money to buy up its emerging competition anymore, I doubt it will disappear but it will become like an old toy that people only get out every now and then for nostalgia.
 
#92
Hmmmm. I use WhatsApp, but have no FB account. Surely it's against the rules to be migrating personal information between those accounts without your express permission.
Apparently they changed the terms Aug 16. The shit with the French looks like it'll become a proper bun fight, as their defense is "We're Americans, controlled by, and only by, American Law". Don't see the stroppy neighbours liking that much.
 
#94
Apparently they changed the terms Aug 16. The shit with the French looks like it'll become a proper bun fight, as their defense is "We're Americans, controlled by, and only by, American Law". Don't see the stroppy neighbours liking that much.
I think that falls on its arse when they have a registered office and/or server farm in another country. Hence our politicians being certain that they can ultimately make Faceberk and Youtube block extremist content here, despite Zuckerberg and Google bleating about the First Amendment as they both operate server farms and offices across the globe. I've a notion that FB has a large data centre in Scotland somewhere and we all know Google has a registered office in Dublin due to the despatch box furore over their UK tax avoidance.
 
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#96
So all those b*lloks stories about soldiers not allowing to post on FB; military crests and badges taken down by FB etc are all left wing stories then?
The huge number of regimental Farcebook pages seem to suggest it’s a massive wah.
 

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#97
I remember being taught that the average life span on an international brand was 80 years . Dont know if this still stands today .
 
#99
More trouble for Zuckerberg?.

Hope so!!

In what way, exactly? - your embed doesn't show up on any of my devices. The code does when I quote, however.
 

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