Months back, Facebook introduced a feature called lists which was suppose to give you some additional control over who could see your posts, but today Facebook revealed that less than 5% of members actually use the feature. It seems that this is due in part to the fact that lists is hard to get set up and use. So now, Facebook is replacing lists with Groups, which is supposed to be easier to manage and should give you better control of which friends can see what you post and when.
Facebook made a big announcement this evening, Wednesday, August 18. They are now a part of the small group that brings us the Geolocation/Check-In services that are gaining popularity. Facebook’s version is known as Places and is supposed to be ready to download to your iPhone on Wednesday evening. If you already have the Facebook app for iPhone, you’ll simply have to download the update when it is available. At the time I was writing this, the update was not ready. You can also access Places at touch.facebook.com on any Smartphone that supports GPS location services. The Places product was not yet available on the mobile site when I was writing this article, either.
Do you know what this past Monday was? Yes, it was Memorial Day. It was the day that many in the US get to take a day off work to honor those that have made sacrifices for us so that we could live in Freedom. DViceNews honors the sacrifices made by those that serve, have served and have died for that very purpose. We owe you all a debt of gratitude.
I’d guess that Facebook is probably pretty happy to see the month of May come to an end. The last few weeks have seen problem after problem for the social media giant, most of them centered around recent changes to their privacy policies and the impact they have on their users.
There’s a lot of cool news to report on this week so we’re hitting you up with another look at DViceNews notes for the week.
iPhone 3Gs Goes on Sales at Wal-Mart
The 16GB iPhone 3Gs has gone on sale at Wal-Mart for $97. This sale began on May 25th, which we presume is a sign that the iPhone 4G release announcement is coming very soon. Maybe even as soon as the WWDC Developers Conference scheduled for Monday June 7th in San Francisco. We’re hoping to hear a couple of big announcements during this event. Of course, the iPhone 4G launch will be the main event, but iPhone 3Gs users will also be anxious to hear that the iPhone OS 4.0 will be available for download through iTunes as well. The original iPhone OS 4.0 annoucement was made back on April 8th of this year and the OS is currently in its 4th beta.
Facebook has taken a beating in the tech community and by its members who are frustrated about having to struggle to understand how to control their privacy settings. In late April, Facebook unveiled its new Open Graph concept which basically opens up the internet to make it more social and more connected for the over 400,000,000 people around the world that use facebook. Through the Open Graph, web designers can implement links and controls that allow users to “like” websites and content on those sites and link them back to their own facebook profile, thereby making the web a more social place for people to see and share information. With this rollout came a rework of facebook’s privacy policies that were so complex and difficult to understand that the frustration has become a part of daily conversation.
Last week, facebook launched their Open Graph concept in an attempt to make the internet more open, social, and to get users more connected across the web. The responses have been very mixed. Many in the tech community suggest that facebooks new direction is a huge breach of privacy and could create problems. Some in the United States Senate apparently believe this could be a problem too.
Senators Schumer, Bennet, Begich and Franken all have great concerns about the way facebook is headed and have sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, facebook’s CEO, asking him to address the growing concerns of his members over their privacy.