Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Facebook Info - Click to Links

This week I posted a link to an article about how Facebook is sharing the information we include in our INFO tab - city, hometown, education, work, and of course interests - with third parties - with NO OPT-OUT OPTION EXCEPT TO DELETE THIS INFORMATION AND LEAVE IT BLANK ON OUR PROFILE. I was skeptical at first because some people's information remained hidden if they were not my friend, but I soon realized it was because they had not yet been "hit" with Facebook's "Connection" bomb.

Today I was again approached with Facebook's forced attempt to link to "pages" from my INFO tab. I took a screenshot before exiting out of the page and saving. I wanted to test my theory out. If I unchecked the box to link to my employer, North Carolina Central University, would that then be deleted automatically from my profile? However, I was so outraged by the entire process and having to uncheck all of those boxes and then the thought of having to add all of those "interests" back into my profile at a later time when I wasn't so angry...

Anyways, here's a screenshot of the "forced linkage..." So if you see this, be prepared...

After I calmed down a few minutes I went back to my Info tab to see if anything had changed and sure enough at the top of my page was a "View Page Suggestions" Link pointing to the page I displayed above.

When I unchecked my employer, North Carolina Central University, it was deleted from my profile completely. In fact the entire Info page looks totally different. I wonder how many lists my name has now been added to? I'm not particularly happy with this change and I intend to let Facebook know.

** Update **

So now I am getting updates from all of the interests I am now linked to in my info page showing up in my home page, including one from Eminem, the rapper. They are making up pages based on what people have in their interests section. For example, the "I Play Ice Hockey" was something *I* typed in...evidently other Facebook subscribers have entered this phrase into their profile, so Facebook made it into a page and automatically subscribed all of us to it. I tried to change it to "Women's Ice Hockey" but I couldn't because there is not a page for that yet.

This is what you see for text you entered into your activities or interests in the info section of your profile for which Facebook has not yet created a "page" for...You see on the left the option to "dislike" it - meaning I have already been subscribed to the page...a page that doesn't even exist yet, because no one else has used this particular phrase in their profile yet.

Oh how lucky I am to be the first person subscribed to a page that doesn't exist yet!

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Organizing Genealogy in File Cabinet

Currently I have my genealogy files organized in 3 drawers of a file cabinet as such:
drawer 1: Smith files
drawer 2: Brooks/Williams files
drawer 3: Godwin files
Within each drawer the files are organized alphabetically.
My question is this: Should I put all of my files together and organize alphabetically and if I do that, how will I know if a file folder belongs to the Smith, Brooks, or Godwin genealogy group?