The big social media news of the week so far is that it's founder's, Mark Zuckerberg's fan page, was down for awhile due to a hacker-attack. The hacker was apparently mad about the fact that Facebook is selling its user's private information, in the form of targeted ads. We here at WebRevelation would never condone, encourage, or justify hacking anyone's private account for any reason. Fortunately, Zuckerberg seems to have gotten control of the situation quickly, and his page is back up - no lasting harm seems to have been done other than possibly some hurt pride.
It was ironic, however that many of the users seemed to agree with the hacker, thinking it was Mark Zuckerberg. Those users may have had a point.
We've talked at length here on the WebRev blog about how users should not expect privacy on Facebook. That's actually true of anyplace on the internet. Where there is information that can be used for anything, there will be people who know how to hack into that information - just know that. Here are a couple of new reasons, thanks to Neowin:
Note - that last headline could also read: Facebook photo exploit allows anyone on the web to view ALL OF YOUR PHOTOS, regardless of the privacy setting. Bottom line? If it's really private - don't post it online.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.