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Old December 19, 2012, 04:26 AM
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In my books all it means is that they got caught this time, they'll be stealthier next time.
Have to agree with you on that one. No real announcement, just the community keeping close tabs on what has changed and how it MIGHT affect data.

FB is too valuable to me right now as even my grandparents are on it and sharing pictures from back home...it would be too tough for me to retrain them to use something else when I am 1000s of KMs away, along with other family members all over the world on there.

Facebook has grumpy shareholders to answer to now....
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Maybe it's time to revisit personal websites (vanity sites)? Bandwidth and domains are relatively inexpensive which would allow folks with requirements such as yours to create private family/friends access websites free from corporate interests.
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But did they actually update the ToS? I don't think so.....
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Maybe it's time to revisit personal websites (vanity sites)? Bandwidth and domains are relatively inexpensive which would allow folks with requirements such as yours to create private family/friends access websites free from corporate interests.
On the otherhand, perhaps it's time for someone with some good coding knowledge to make their own app/service much like instagram, without all the tomfoolery (I love that word).

Now, if only I didn't suck at programming.
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On the otherhand, perhaps it's time for someone with some good coding knowledge to make their own app/service much like instagram, without all the tomfoolery (I love that word).

Now, if only I didn't suck at programming.
Unfortunately, no matter how altruistic the original intentions are, at some point the business model is going to require that it somehow become profitable which leads right back to personal data being the only real commodity for these kinds of websites. Look at Wikipedia, how long do we seriously think it's going to be around based solely on a donation model? Hosting costs for a globally accessable service don't come free, and most folks aren't willing to pay for them.

Now, if somebody could come up with an easy-to-use social media style software package that could be bundled with a $5 - $10/month private hosting/bandwidth/domain subscription folks might be interested in keeping their private information free from corporate interests.
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Sounds like a great idea, I wonder how hard it would be for somebody to come up with a plugin/skin to automatically watermark before posting to websites like that.
Yeah, I just run a batch script on my images that when I upload them to my computer PS automatically adds a watermark then stores them on my computer. So any image that gets uploaded to my computer from a camera automatically gets watermarked.
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Lol. All these speculators valued Facebook as a 100 billion dollar baby. Now they are trying to figure out ways to make money from it.
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Then again maybe we could all start talking (you know by voice) with family and friends, and mailing them actual photos they could touch and see and feel and save? Man, what a concept! Real sensory human to human interaction! </irony>

When I have stuff to share with folks I interact with remotely - ie on-line - I just post the materials to my web site asnd give them the URL. You can get a decent small account with good service for about $35/year and a domain name for another $10-15. Spend a couple of evenings learning some basic software and you're good to go. $50/tear and a little learning time is a small price to pay for control over your own material.

Yes I have a facebook account, mostly to preserve my name on an account than for serious use. Nothing is on it that isn't already readily accessible knowledge for anyone with the inclination to look and it's still locked down as tight as possible. I use Twitter primarly as a large RSS feed from mostly information sites/users. The whole "social media" thing is overrated.
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Maybe it's time to revisit personal websites (vanity sites)? Bandwidth and domains are relatively inexpensive which would allow folks with requirements such as yours to create private family/friends access websites free from corporate interests.
Geocities is going to come back with a vengeance lol.
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Geocities is going to come back with a vengeance lol.
then big brother will mark you a terrorist and take you out

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