All Hail the Almighty Google Monster

Google + announced that they are now open to the public.  There is no longer a need for the tight red velvet rope and invite only to get inside Google’s much anticipated social network.  It’s opening to the masses reminds me much of Facebook and the way that they no longer made it necessary to have a .edu email address to gain access to their site, and when they did this they grew exponentially greater and to be quite frank more powerful.

 

 

 

One thing that did strike me as kind of odd was the same day Google + announced their “all people welcome day”, Facebook undergoes drastic changes to their website.  The immediate change most people noticed was the look and feel of the updated public forum, however what was even more shocking was the privacy settings and geolocation modifications.  Now when you post on your wall or update your status, your location is automatically shared even if you had opted out to this add on in the previous version.  Facebook has also altered their

 

“Top Stories” feature to be stories that you would most likely like to hear about.  Facebook’s stance, “We’ll do the thinking for you”.

There has been an immense amount of negative feedback surrounding the Facebook update which has caused many to question their membership with Facebook, however the number of people deleting their accounts is minimal at this point.  Will Facebook have the MySpace downfall?

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iCANTSTALKU

I encountered this website ,iCANSTALKU, googling “digital stalking” and just how easy it is to stalk people that already publish what seems to be every thought they have online.

This search brought me to this site that keeps track of people across the globe and can give you a very detailed account of what they’re doing, where they are, more precise would be just their daily agenda. The age old saying, “some things are better left unsaid”, seemingly has died in this day when our photos can be read without any words on them by geotagging which is predominately done with the use of smart phones.

Most people that use social networking take pictures of their life and post them online and these photos are taken with their mobile device which more time than not have cameras that have hardware on them to add geolocation to the photos by default. With that being the case, there are many people that neglect to check the settings on their mobile devices and are quite honestly, scared to change them because they fear damaging the phone which they probably paid about half a grand for.

iCANTSTALKU gives helpful tips on how easy it is to change your settings on your data device but mainly scares the crap literally out of you and how much we live in this public forum.