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Trap My Contacts

Nov 19 2010

One of the beautiful things about voluntary, personal information sharing is that we have the option to interact with our friends and colleagues–as part of our social network–using a variety of tools and Internet services. It’s often a harsh reality check to be reminded that some of those tools and services don’t really want us to share in ways that we would like.

So it goes with sharing between service providers Google and Facebook. Each of them have useful collaborative, content sharing tools such as Facebook’s walls (telling in subtle ways) and photos, and Google’s docs, groups, and YouTube. Both providers also have ways to use your login as a single sign-on with other services (Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect).

What’s new: Google is reminding us that sharing your contacts with Facebook is a one-way street. It’s helpful to have a reminder that our sharing is not just about us, but often includes details and data about our friends that they may or may not wish to share about themselves. It’s a messy world while we figure this out.

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Introducing I Shared What?!?

Nov 12 2010

Facebook has made it easy for people to share information with different websites.

I Shared What?!? makes it easy to see what you are actually sharing.

Facebook "F" LogoFacebook Connect is the reason more and more people are seeing the Facebook logo around the web. Over two thirds of the top 100 websites and one million total websites now use Facebook Connect to access information about people.

The good news is that everyone who uses Facebook Connect gets to decide who gets what data. The bad news is that many people just don’t realize what they are actually sharing.

Facebook Connect shares more than just the public information you put on Facebook. It tells websites that you are a particular Facebook user, providing the name and Facebook ID of all of your friends plus access to every post or “like” or link that you’ve put on Facebook.

To be fair, Facebook explains what is going on. But nothing explains better than actually showing what you share. That’s what I Shared What?!? does.

I Shared What?!?I Shared What?!? is available free for personal, non-commercial use and because the application runs in javascript, in your browser, your Facebook information never leaves your computer.

Give it a whirl. You may just be surprised.

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