Robert wants to install the Facebook and Twitter apps, but he's worried about the apps having access to his address book. Leo says it's best to just say no to that. The apps should ask beforehand, so he should take his time when he installs, and just say no. Twitter does it different on Android, though. It makes him think the contacts are on Twitter by having a check beside all his addressees. And that can be embarrassing when Twitter is harassing them with emails. That's what happened to Leo.
Facebook has changed their privacy settings, but this time they've eliminated the option to keep your page out of searches. This means that every member on Facebook will turn up in search results, even if they previously chose to not show up. This is largely linked to the graph search.
Leo suggests removing any personal picture if your name is fairly common, lock down your personal settings, and take out any way to contact you through the page. At least that way, you're not making it easy. If you really want to be anonymous, you can always delete your account altogether.
The internet gives the appearance of having relationships with people, but are those relationships real? How much of Facebook actually takes the place of having real friends? Leo compares these relationships on social networking to a sugar substitute. The bacteria that cause cavities in your teeth are fooled into eating this substitute, but there's no nutrition in it and the bacteria die. Leo thinks Facebook fools people into thinking they have real relationships just like the sugar substitute with bacteria.
Leo says a good way to do this is to create a gmail account for them, and just email photos to it. Then later in life, he can give them access to the account and they can see all their baby pictures. He could also use Facebook's timeline feature, and upload photos to that. The only problem with this is that Facebook requires users to be at least 13, so he'd have to lie to Facebook to create an account for them. Leo says there are sites specifically for this type of thing, but they aren't nearly as likely to stick around as Facebook and Google will.
Facebook has updated their privacy policies yet again. Leo says "good luck trying to find it." Leo says that Facebook makes the maze of privacy policies difficult on purpose so users won't refuse to allow their personal information from being used. Now they have made it explicit that a user's name can be used in ads. Leo says that's ridiculous, but it is a free service.
It was confirmed on Friday that private contact information of 6 million Facebook users was leaked. There was a bug that allowed those who downloaded their Facebook account histories to inadvertently access some of their friends addresses and phone numbers, even if they were never shared on Facebook. Facebook has even been collecting information about users from other sources.
If you saw tons of fruit pictures in your Instagram feed, it was because of a hack the prompted many users to change their passwords. While it's amusing to some degree, Leo thinks there could be more than meets the eye to this. It begs the question of how a fruit spammer could have gotten access to so many accounts in the first place.
Leo says that Facebook was so insecure about users doing Instagram that they bought them. Now that users love doing video on Vine, they've added video to Instagram. Instead of 6 seconds like Vine, Instagram is allowing 15 seconds. At first Leo said it was great, but now he's hearing from disgruntled Instagram users who loved the app because it celebrated the still image. Now that's all gone and the timeline is polluted with videos.