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Spam Down More Than 80% From This Time Last Year

With the developments of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, I for one have done a lot less social communication by way of email. No longer does it make sense for users to email pictures or share tidbits from their lives via one-to-one email communication. Social networks allow for people to share with groups of people at once, and the implementation of comments leaves “reply to all” conversations in the dust.

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Federal Trade Commission Endorses “Do-Not-Track” List

Prior to 2004, telemarketers – those pesky sales agents who always seemed to call during dinner – were a major annoyance for many Americans.  These persistent sales people took advantage of telephone service in order to harass offer “spectacular” deals to consumers.  However, Americans soon became fed up with telemarketers and took action to rid themselves of them altogether.  The Do Not Call Registry, which was implemented in 2004, solved this problem of uninvited salespersons by allowing consumers to add themselves to a list, explicitly forbidding telemarketers from calling them.  However, it seems that our problems evolve with time, and in 2010 we are facing a new concern: Internet tracking by advertising agencies.  But if the Federal Trade Commission has their way, a new Do Not Track List would eliminate this modern-day issue as well.

In case you’re unfamiliar with how online advertising works, I’ll give you a quick hypothetical scenario.  Say you visit Site A and view some of their content. Even though you’re likely unaware of it, Site A may be recording your activities on their website – what you search for, what you look at, etc.  Then, Site A will sell this information collected about you (and the rest of their visitor base) and sell it to an advertising agency.  This advertising agency will them composite the information that it gathers about you from Site A and any other participating site that you visit in order to determine what products and services you are likely to purchase.  From there, they will be paid by other companies (the advertisers) to show you ads for products and services relevant to your life; all based on your web activity.

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Why I’m Fed Up With Facebook

As a long-time Facebook user, I have become more and more frustrated and fed-up with the social networking site over the the last few weeks. This frustration is being fueled by numerous instabilities and vulnerabilities on Facebook, some of which Facebook doesn’t even appear to be addressing.

As you likely know, Facebook was the subject of great criticism on Thursday after it was down for a number of hours. While downtime is inevitable for pretty much every website, downtime of this extent – especially an unplanned and unannounced one – shows that something went wrong with Facebook’s service. This is especially apparent when you consider that Facebook had an “unrelated” downtime the day before, although it only applied to applications.

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