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SquirrelMonkey published this mock 90′s video tutorial from the faux ‘Wonders of the World Wide Web’ internet series. If the series actually existed, and if The Facebook–as it was originally called–was setup in the 90′s, it might look something like this. The video is featured on Retroist and Mashable.
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The Olympics are world champions when it comes to event television, so it’s no surprise that the NBC broadcasts are dominating this week’s social TV charts.
Friday’s opening ceremony garnered 8.9 million mentions, topping the total number of Twitter posts during the entire 2008 Beijing Olympics in just one day. And despite NBC’s abundant slip-ups in just the first few days of the Games (see: #NBCFail), the network’s social media efforts clearly haven’t been for naught.
Other particularly buzzworthy events thus far? Swimming and women’s gymnastics, both of which were nail-biters for Team USA. The women’s gymnastics qualifying competition had audiences and competitors in tears after a surprising upset. The U.S.’s Jordyn Wieber, the 2011 World Women’s All-Around Champion, placed fourth in the qualifiers after one Russian competitor and two of her teammates. Countries can enter just two gymnasts in the all-around final, so Wieber did not qualify to compete.
In the pool, a USA showdown between power duo Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps caused a chatter. Lochte bested Phelps in the 400-meter individual medley, solidifying the notion that this is his time to shine. After taking home a record eight gold medals in Beijing, Phelps is taking his last few laps on the international stage.
Aside from the Games, we’ve got to tip our hats to America’s Got Talent, the only program that managed to edge its way onto the chart amidst the athletic competitions.
The data is compliments of our friends at Trendrr, who measure specific TV show activity (mentions, likes, check-ins) across Twitter, Facebook, GetGlue and Miso. To see daily rankings, check out Trendrr.TV.
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How many apps have you installed on Facebook? More importantly, how many of them could post something in your name right now, without your knowledge? Chances are, it’s more than half of them.
Privacy protection company Secure.me analyzed some 500,000 Facebook apps, and shared the results exclusively with Mashable. The biggest takeaways: 63% of those apps ask for the ability to post on your behalf — and 69% of them want your email address.
”It has become second nature to connect various apps like Instagram, SocialCam, AngryBirds, CityVille, and Spotify to your Facebook ID,” says Secure.me founder Christian Sigl. “You just click ‘agree’ without even really knowing what you are agreeing to. What you don’t realize is that social apps linked to your Facebook profile can pretty much track your and your friends’ whole life.
“It doesn’t matter what your privacy settings are, the apps still get this information.”
What the app makers could do with that information beggars belief. Not only could they effectively hack your Timeline and sell your email address to any unscrupulous buyer — they’re also potentially well on the way to stealing your identity. Some 30% of those apps know their users’ birthdates, which would in theory allow them to uncover their social security numbers.
The permission puts your friends at risk, too. According to Secure.me, 21% of apps — 1 in every 5 — can access the personal data of the user’s friends including friends‘ birthdays, education and work history. Some 12% of the apps can grab your location information at will.
Of course, few of us are concerned about the big name apps — the Instagrams, the Spotifys. These are companies that have won our trust. But big-name apps make up just a small portion of the 500,000 total. What do you really know about the maker of that personality test or music quiz you just posted to your Timeline?
Part of the problem, as Sigl suggests, is the fact that there’s no granularity here. You can’t initially decide which permissions the app really needs, and which go beyond its remit. You can’t give an app limited permission for a day or a week. App permissions, when they first pop up, are far too one-size-fits-all.
We reached out to Facebook, and here’s an official response from a spokesperson: “We give people a variety of tools to control their app experiences on Facebook, and hold developers to our Platform polices. Apps must specifically request the data they need to operate, including email addresses and publishing capability.
“After a user installs an app, apps are not permitted to post to that person’s Timeline without their consent. If an app is found to be in violation of these policies, we will take action against it.”
How many Facebook apps have you given permissions to? Let us know in the comments.
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