Be careful what you “do” on social media…

Here’s an interesting Times article that boils down to what was done with the data obtained via a Facebook quiz app. Note that Facebook did not create this app, but a third party consultant. The intent? To distill enough information about a given voting segment to create political messaging designed to influence those voters.

Although the title is quite misleading, it does capture the fact that people willingly gave clues regarding their political-psychological leanings while “taking the quiz”. Seems harmless, right?


However, they didn’t know that the author was also scraping their profile to gather more information about them and that of their friends. The app author was paid more than $800,000 to create the app… so I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that they weren’t simply trying to figure out your hair color.

Unfortunately, this article is behind the Times pay wall so you’ll have to use one of your 5 monthly free reads if you don’t have a subscription.

How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions

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Be careful what you “do” on social media…

Having trouble adding a Developer or Administrator to your Facebook App?

… GRRRRRRR!  Sometimes I really, really, really don’t like how other people make things so hard.

I recently needed to add a colleague as an Administrator on a FB App. Until then he didn’t even have a Facebook account and only created one for this purpose. So, once he verified that he was a real person we thought it would be straight forward to add him.

It wasn’t. Not. No. Never. Not by a long shot.

I’m going to spare you all the gory details (like his account getting deactivated twice and FB constantly logging him out), as well as some lost hair by simply saying this: Make sure that anyone you want to add as a Developer or Administrator to a FB App goes to and creates an app. All you need to do is click the button, provide a bogus name that it will accept, click “Next” and wait for these screen to finish downloading.

Takes about 15 seconds. Not several hours and choice curse words.

For more information, see here:

Having trouble adding a Developer or Administrator to your Facebook App?