Facebook Glitch & Zuckerberg’s Pics

I am posting this Facebook scandal in case you missed it circulating the web. The cliff notes are that there was a security issue in Facebook where users private photos were being revealed to other users.  This Facebook security issue has been corrected, but not before a user managed to access and distribute Mark Zuckerberg’s personal photos from his Facebook account. It was not a consistent glitch, therefore the user had to hack Zuckerberg’s 14 private photos.

There is a funny part to this story …

The comical part is that Mark Zuckerburg’s pictures were published on Imgur.com with a message that says “It’s time to fix those security flaws Facebook”. The security issue was that when Facebook users clicked the “Repot Abuse” button, they could sometimes see photos on other Facebook userprivate profile accounts. In other words, Facebook users had set their accounts / photos to private and they were still visible to strangers that should not have seen them …

This all goes hand in hand with Facebook’s settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (the FTC said that Facebook had misled users about privacy settings and Facebook agreed to better protect user privacy). I guess this hacker wanted to show Zuckerberg how it feels to have his private information exposed to the world. Therefore, we all have access to pictures of Zuckerburg and girlfriend making sushi, giving out Halloween candy, Zuckerburg w/ Obama, etc.

Facebook has confirmed that the security issue has been corrected.

“The bug, was a result of one of our most recent code pushes and was live for a limited period of time. Not all content was accessible, rather a small number of one’s photos. Upon discovering the bug, we immediately disabled the system, and will only return functionality once we can confirm the bug has been fixed.”

This is not gossip … it involves your Facebook usage and privacy settings!

Let me know what you think in the comment section below!

Here is Mark Zuckerburg’s response to the FTC finding Facebook negligent in their security.


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Today is the birthday of the Text Message (December 3rd). It is the day that the first SMS message was sent by Neil Papworth – a 22-year-old test engineer for Sema Group – to Richard Jarvis of Vodafone in 1992. Papworth sent a “Merry Christmas” message from his computer to Jarvis’s Orbitel 901 handset.

Text Messaging Happy Birthday SMS

Just a little something to think about while texting today :)

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Text_messaging

Google Offers Android App Launched

Google announced the launch of their Google Offers Android application today. The Google Offers app makes it even more convenient for Android users to shop and use deals through the Google Offers website and obviously potential to provide much more exposure for the Google Offer advertisers. The Google Offers application is currently available for 38 cities in the United States.

Not familiar with Google Offers? Watch this video!

Google Offers released back in June 2011. It’s easy to join and use; integrated with your Google Account like the other Google Products. Just subscribe at the Google Offers website receive deals – to your email or mobile device – from local business. You can take advantage of their deals by purchasing directly at the Google Offers website and they will email your confirmation with a link to your voucher that you can redeem by printing or through mobile devises / cell phone (now including Android app).

Google Offers sounds a lot like Groupon.com and LivingSocial.com does it?

Well, it is said that Google Offers is a direct competitor of Groupon and Livingsocial except some project that Google Offers has already taken the market and will continue to grow. It is my position that if you are a user or advertiser on Groupon or Livingsocial, that it only makes sense to give Google Offers a try and see if you like it . I found it aesthetically pleasing, easy to join and use. On the other hand, considering the time that it has been in “full swing” and that it is a Google product, Google Offers seems a little under developed at this point and the launch of this new Google Offers Android App will open the doors for more advertisers and consumer usage.

I think that these online deal sites are overlooked by local business owners and they should really pay attention. In this case, Google Offers has 2 major advantages: 1) it is Google for Pete’s sake. It was estimated that Google has over 4.5 million (closer to 5 million) users back in July 2011, therefore that is quite a potential market for companies advertising on Google Offers, though I haven’t found what the total number of advertisers on Google Offers, yet. 2) Again … it is Google for pete’s sakes … this means more reach for and from Adwords users. Google is great at giving free campaign dollars and using Adwords for their own program marketing.

P.S. There is rumor that Google offered $6 BILLION for Groupon -> Check It Out At CNN 

Using Groupon, LivingSocial and / or Google Offers for your Pittsburgh business? Leave a comment and let us know which service and which App you like best!


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