Most Facebook Apps Can Post Behind Your Back


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 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 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, 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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Jerkwad Ronan Farrow piles on apologetic DiGiorno with his own tasteless joke!/Willowy04/status/509425906713374720

As Twitchy reported, DiGiorno Pizza caused a social media uproar last night after sending this inappropriate tweet in response to a domestic violence awareness hashtag:!/Posietron/status/509177819801587712

It took him a while, but MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow finally caught up on the story:!/Foxxi_Love/status/509427625950183426

And promptly made himself look like a colossal jackass:!/RonanFarrow/status/509425280176648194

So, basically, Farrow turned DiGiorno’s honest mistake into an opportunity to crack a tasteless joke. Har-dee-har-har.!/meadowgirl/status/509426923723038720

See, unlike Farrow, who enjoys using his platform to spew out callous garbage with impunity, DiGiorno has spent the last 18 hours apologizing profusely for its mistake.!/qwertybird/status/509432201880956928!/BVGamble/status/509426480930381824!/riffraaf/status/509425498641170432!/twostep83/status/509429377256652800

Bingo. But you know what? DiGiorno apologized to Farrow, too:!/SAHartwell/status/509427672498573312

Maybe not, but DiGiorno took the classy route anyway:!/DiGiornoPizza/status/509429219366293504

And that is how you take the high road.!/donnatalarico/status/509439495490768896

Learn from this, Ronan.



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How Thirsty Are You?

The thirst is SO real.

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  1. Check off anything on this list that applies to you. BE HONEST!
    1. 1 ✓ You are usually very horny.
    2. 2 ✓ Like, you’re horny right now.
    3. 3 ✓ A large part of your day is spent thinking about sex.
    4. 4 ✓ You know the difference between being in love and in lust.
    5. 5 ✓ You always fall for the latter, not the former.
    6. 6 ✓ You’re single.
    7. 7 ✓ You’re VERY single.
    8. 8 ✓ Like, “very single” might be a bit of an understatement.
    9. 9 ✓ When you look at someone, the first thing you think is whether or not you would sleep with them.
    10. 10 ✓ Usually, you would.
    11. 11 ✓ You also mentally undress them in your head.
    12. 12 ✓ Also, you know a creepy amount of information about your crush.
    13. 13 ✓ Like, way more than you could ever let on in-person.
    14. 14 ✓ You are on an online dating website.
    15. 15 ✓ You have a dating app on your phone.
    16. 16 ✓ You have MULTIPLE dating apps on your phone.
    17. 17 ✓ You talk about how much you hate dating apps on your phone, but still have one anyway.
    18. 18 ✓ You have deleted a dating app on your phone, only to reinstall it soon after.
    19. 19 ✓ You follow someone on Instagram because they are hot.
    20. 20 ✓ You follow several people on Instagram because they are hot.
    21. 21 ✓ You follow someone on Twitter because they are hot.
    22. 22 ✓ You have friended someone on Facebook because they are hot.
    23. 23 ✓ You stalk someone you have a crush on on social media.
    24. 24 ✓ You’ve reverse-stalked to find someone hot on social media.
    25. 25 ✓ You have liked or favorited something someone hot posted on social media because they are hot.
    26. 26 ✓ You have hooked up with someone you met on social media.
    27. 27 ✓ You have an office crush.
    28. 28 ✓ Actually, you have several office crushes.
    29. 29 ✓ You’ve gone out because you knew someone hot was going to be out, too.
    30. 30 ✓ You’ve planned your evening around where your crush was going to be.
    31. 31 ✓ You’ve planned an outfit because you knew your crush was going to see you.
    32. 32 ✓ You’ve cleaned up “down there” because you thought something might happen.
    33. 33 ✓ Unfortunately, nothing did.
    34. 34 ✓ You’ve purchased an outfit because you thought it would get you laid.
    35. 35 ✓ You think about sex fairly often.
    36. 36 ✓ Actually, you think about sex a LOT.
    37. 37 ✓ Like, you’re probably thinking about sex right now.
    38. 38 ✓ Your posture changes when you are around someone hot.
    39. 39 ✓ Also, you speak differently when you are around someone hot.
    40. 40 ✓ You’ve laughed at someone’s joke even though it wasn’t funny, but they were hot so…
    41. 41 ✓ You’ve had a dream about your crush.
    42. 42 ✓ You’ve dreamed about having sex with your crush.
    43. 43 ✓ Quite possibly, you dream about sex more often than you actually have it.
    44. 44 ✓ You know someone’s name just because they are hot.
    45. 45 ✓ You have a crush on someone weird, like the mailman or the guy who delivers your pizza.
    46. 46 ✓ You’ve “read” a BuzzFeed post purely for the eye candy.
    47. 47 ✓ You have certain webpages bookmarked because they have some good eye candy.
    48. 48 ✓ You have pictures of your crush saved on your phone.
    49. 49 ✓ You’ve typed in the URL of your crush’s Facebook, and your computer DEFINITELY remembers it.
    50. 50 ✓ You’ve used a dating app in public.
    51. 51 ✓ You’ve used a dating app when you were hanging out with friends.
    52. 52 ✓ You have talked with friends about using a dating app.
    53. 53 ✓ You’ve done something that you normally wouldn’t do to get a crush’s attention.
    54. 54 ✓ You’ve fantasized about a fictional character.
    55. 55 ✓ You’ve fantasized about a celebrity.
    56. 56 ✓ You’ve fantasized about having sex somewhere exotic.
    57. 57 ✓ You’ve stared at someone hot in public.
    58. 58 ✓ You’ve been CAUGHT staring at someone hot in public.
    59. 59 ✓ Your friends know all of your crushes because you talk about them so much.
    60. 60 ✓ You’ve had a crush on someone even though you didn’t know his/her name.
    61. 61 ✓ You’ve given this crush a nickname anyway.
    62. 62 ✓ You have a crush on someone you have never met.
    63. 63 ✓ You have a crush on someone you see IRL, but never talk to.
    64. 64 ✓ You have a crush on someone who has NO clue you have a crush on them.
    65. 65 ✓ You are sort of concerned that people know how thirsty you are.
    66. 66 ✓ But, you’re too busy crushing on people to really care.
    67. 67 ✓ You think about sex way more often than you have it.
    68. 68 ✓ Being this thirsty drives you insane, but you kind of like it anyway.
    69. 69 ✓ But most of all, you KNOW the thirst is REAL.

Show me how thirsty I am!

How Thirsty Are You?

  1. You’re not thirsty at all! Good job keeping the thirst in check. But remember, it’s OK to have a crush every now and then!

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  2. You’re not really that thirsty! Good job behaving yourself. But keep in mind it isn’t the end of the world if you think someone is hot. It’s even kind of fun!

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  3. You’re only kind of thirsty! Yes, your thirst can be a problem every now and then, but for the most part, you maintain a healthy level of crushes. You’re fun and flirty, but definitely not creepy!

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  4. You’re sort of thirsty! Yeah, you spend a lot of your day thinking about hotties, but there isn’t anything wrong in that. Just don’t be afraid to act on it and maybe you’ll even get some. HEYOOOOO!

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  5. You’re very thirsty! You KNOW the thirst is so real, and have perfected the art of having a crush. Some might even call you a crush-master. Just don’t be afraid to act on your lust IRL. You’re only human, after all.

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  6. You are SO thirsty! You are Thirst Royalty, if that is a thing. No one is thirstier than you. Wear that as a badge of honor. Now go out there and GET LAID.

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To Share or Not to Share? That Is the Social Media Question


The economy is in a slump, and getting a job isn’t easy, but you probably already knew that. If you’re currently among the ranks of the unemployed, beware. The pictures and updates you’re posting to social media could be holding you back from landing a job.

A Microsoft-commissioned study published in 2010 found that nearly 80% of employers research potential hires on the Internet. That number has increased significantly since the study was published.

“Now, recruiters can easily and anonymously collect information that they would not be permitted to ask in an interview, and the survey found that recruiters are doing just that,” the study reads.

For starters, avoid talking negatively about past or current employers. Inappropriate pictures and photos showing one drinking or suggesting drug use can also be damaging.

So job seekers, it’s probably not the best idea to post that picture of yourself playing your favorite drinking game (even if it is Edward 40 Hands).

The following infographic, created by, summarizes data from the Microsoft study and other research. Follow the flow chart closely to successfully manage your online reputation.

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How Facebook And Twitter Won The Indian Elections

More than half of the Indian population with access to the internet has a Facebook account.

1. The Bharatiya Janata Party has won a historic victory in what was the world’s largest democratic elections in India. Narenda Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, will be the country’s next head of government.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has won a historic victory in what was the world's largest democratic elections in India. Narenda Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate, will be the country's next head of government.

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But these elections have been the first where social media has had such a great impact. In the run-up to the elections, Facebook received its 100 millionth user in India. This is no mean feat, especially considering the latest figures say there are 170 million Indian who have access to the internet.

A study earlier this year also stated this was the first election that would be influenced by social media, due to the number of Indians who are active on a variety of networks.

A 2013 study by the Iris Knowledge Foundation and Internet and Mobile Association of India said: “Social media usage is now sufficiently widespread to have the power to influence the outcome of the next elections to the Lok Sabha and consequently government formation…

“With Facebook emerging as the gorilla in the social media space, the clout that Facebook users enjoy is immense.”

And indeed, 29 million Indians discussed the elections on Facebook. On the day of the elections also ran a notice reminding its Indian users that it was election day, and encouraging them to share the fact they voted.

2. Narendra Modi is now the second most-liked politician on Facebook, with 14 million likes, coming second only to Barack Obama. But there’s more to social media than Facebook.

Despite the popularity of sites like Facebook, the election hasn’t only been fought on one front. A tweet by Narenda Modi last night is already the most popular tweet in India.

There have also been 56 million election-related tweets since January 2014. To put this into context, there was only one Indian politician on Twitter during the last Indian elections.

Narendra Modi @narendramodi

India has won! भारत की विजय। अच्छे दिन आने वाले हैं।

4. The chart below showcases the number of times each major political party and candidate was mentioned on Twitter. Orange refers to Modi, green to Arvind Kejriwal of the AAP and blue for Rahul Gandhi of the National Congress party.

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5. During the elections themselves, many of those on social networks also uploaded images of themselves with ink-stained fingers, as a proud demonstration of the fact they had voted.

This really was an election played out on social media.


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Share Your Photos of the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012


It’s hard to say which Thanksgiving tradition is more iconic: carving a turkey, catching a football game or watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. While we know that images of Thanksgiving dinners are likely to overtake Instagram tomorrow, we’re also sure that many people on the ground in New York City will be capturing some amazing photos of the parade.

Thanks to Twitter and Instagram, we can now experience the parade from thousands of different viewpoints, rather than just the feed offered by our television stations. That’s why we want you to share your photos of the Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 with us. Whether it’s the massive crowd surging from Central Park West to 7th Avenue or the bellies of Spider-man and Snoopy, send us your on-location pictures so that the whole Mashable community can experience this annual New York City tradition.

Tag your photos on social media with the hashtag #MashParade so we’ll be sure to see them. If you aren’t an Instagram or Twitter user you can still submit your photos below. The parade itself begins at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday. Happy Thanksgiving!

How to Share Your Photos

  • Tweet a photo of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2012 to @mashablehq with the hashtag #MashParade. If you need more than one tweet to write your caption, just send us another tweet. OR

  • Instagram a photo of the parade with the hashtag #MashParade

  • Drop your photo into the picture widget below.

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Pinterest Leaves Palo Alto, Joins San Francisco’s Tech Revival


Pinterest has joined Twitter, Zynga, Airbnb and a host of other social-based tech companies in San Francisco after announcing Monday that it would leave Palo Alto — where earlier this year the image-sharing network exploded into one of the fastest growing social networks of all time.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee — who has made drawing tech startups to the city a top priority of his administration — touted Pinterest’s move north from Silicon Valley as a victory for the local economy.

“I am thrilled to welcome Pinterest to the ‘Innovation Capital of the World,’ and am pleased that our efforts to attract and retain the industry’s best and most innovative companies are working,” he said in a press statement.

Pinterest has signed a short-term lease for a space at Seventh and Brannan streets as it finalizes plans for a long-term relocation to the SoMa district, according to a press release from Lee’s office. The release also references “immediate growth” by Pinterest, but does not go into detail.

Airbnb and Zynga are based in the same neighborhood, and Twitter recently moved into a spacious building not far away after threatening to move out of San Francisco unless it got a set of favorable tax breaks from the city.

Pinterest took the social networking world by storm in the early months of 2012 from a nondescript building in suburban Palo Alto. But it’s not the only high profile tech company to leave town recently — Facebook moved to neighboring Menlo Park in December after several years in Palo Alto.

Mayor Lee — of the viral “2 Legit 2 Quit” campaign YouTube video fame — also marked the occasion by unveiling his own Pinterest profile.

If you were a hot tech startup where would you rather be headquartered — San Francisco or Silicon Valley? Tell us where and why in the comments.

BONUS GALLERY: The Home Pinterest Left Behind

Has Social Media Turned You into a Zombie?


Social media is great — it lets us have digital fun with friends, connects us with new people and quickly learn about the world beyond our backlit screens. With so much interesting content, sometimes it gets a little hard to peel our eyes and brains away from our tablets, laptops and smartphones.

We’ve all had friends who just can’t seem to look away from their devices. Their eyes become glazed. They only answer your questions with simple grunts or hollow laughs. Absorbed in their phones, they lurch down the street with jerky, disjointed steps.

In short, they become social media zombies — not dead, but not quite alive either.

This infographic, put together by, takes a look at several of the most familiar breeds of social media zombie. There’s the “check-in zombie,” who can’t go to any game, restaurant or bar without telling their social networks where they are. There’s the “hashtag zombie,” whose social posts you can’t read #because of their #extreme #overuse of #annoying #hashtags. There’s also the “zombie bride,” who wants everyone on the Internet to be a part of their wedding planning process.

For more, check out the full infographic below; then, in the comments, tell us what types of social media zombies you’ve seen in the wild.

Thumbnail image courtesy Flickr, rodolpho.reis

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“Yeah, THAT’S gonna work”: Secret Service wants a sarcasm detector!/dennisthecynic/status/473988783440793601

Finding sarcasm on social media is like finding a piece of hay in a haystack.!/jessica_gaylord/status/474268047717695488

Maybe the Internet Explorer 8 requirement is a test to see if the bidding contractors can actually recognize sarcasm themselves?


Maybe they already have the software and the announcement is just part of the shakedown.

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