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How To: Avoid the Google Spam Messages You’re About To Get

Gmail users, Google has decided to make your Gmail username public through Google+. By default it’s turned on, so you need to manually opt out.

Sign into your Gmail account, and click the gear in the top right.
Click on Settings
You should then see the same screen as my attached screenshot.

One of the options you’ll see is: Email via Google+:
Click on the drop down that currently reads: Anyone on Google+, and change it to No one.

Then scroll to the bottom of the screen, and hit Save Changes.

Note: If you don’t see this option yet, check back daily until you do. Google is still rolling out to it’s users.

Google Opt Out


How To: Stop Auto Play Video Ads on Facebook / Save Your Cell Data

For those of you that use Facebook on your iPhone, and don’t have an unlimited data plan, you’ll want to do the below:

Click on Settings, and scroll down until you see Facebook. Then click on it, and goto Settings. You should then see an area for Video settings. Click the slider next to turn on Auto-play on WiFi Only. This will stop videos from Auto-playing in your News Feed if you’re using your cell phones data.

If you’re an Android user, you should have the same setting.

 

FB_WiFi


Major Facebook Security Loophole Makes Private Walls Accessible to Everyone

Privacy, and Facebook are two words that you see in posts all to often. Today is another one of those days. I just discovered what I believe to be an unknown flaw in these settings, which allows any user to view a user’s private wall.

Here’s how:

Go to the wall of a person who currently does not allow you to do view their wall. Once you’ve done this, scroll to the bottom of the page and select Report / Block this Person. You should see the Report and / or block window as pictured below appear.

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Report / Block Screen

Put a check mark in the Report this person box. Now select Racist / Hate Speech in the Reason box. A new field labeled Abuse Location will appear. Select Wall. Once you’ve done this, you can click on the Use this link to report items on this profiles wall, and voila! You can now view the once unviewable Wall.

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

    Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Facebook Privacy Flaw - Wall Showing

Now like I said above, I believe this is an unknown flaw in Facebook’s Privacy Settings, and a pretty big one. Let’s get the word out to them, and get this issue resolved!

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UPDATE: Apparently this security issue doesn’t effect all Facebook profiles, as some people are reporting they are unable to view certain user walls, and receiving the message you see below.


Can Google take on Facebook?

According to a tweet from Digg CEO Kevin Rose (@kevinrose) this past Saturday night, Google is once again making a move into social networking, and getting ready to launch the new service ‘Google Me‘ to take on Facebook, after previous attempts (Google Profiles / Wave / Buzz) have failed.

The status which has since been removed from Rose’s Twitter stream, can be found by viewing my retweet of his post: http://twitter.com/john_jordan/status/17132430837

Since Rose’s breaking news, a number of stories about Google Me have hit the web. The latest of which are now revolving around recent talk from Facebook’s former CTO and Quora founder Adam D’Angelo (@adamdangelo). D’Angelo has come out saying that Google Me is not a rumor, and is in fact a real high-priority project that a large number of Google developers are currently working on.

With all of this talk, one wonders what will come out of this. Can Google create the next big social network? Will it be more than a revamped version of Google Profiles, that integrates Buzz / Wave, and adds some other features that Facebook already has? Or will it bring something brand new to the game, and have users thinking about making the switch?

For now, it’s all up in the air, but anything’s possible.

What do you all think? Would you make the switch to Google Me (or any new social network), or is Facebook it for you? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

Update: A video of Kevin Rose talking about Facebook competitor Google Me from his TWiT.tv apperance is now online here: View Video

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Photo’s from #Startup2010

Silicon Alley Insider's #Startup2010 Conference

Silicon Alley Insider's #Startup2010 Conference

Photo’s from Silicon Alley Insider‘s #Startup2010 conference are now online.

Congratulations to Redbeacon for walking away as the winner!

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Celebrating the Power of Social Media at Foursquare Day

Foursquare Founder / CEO Dennis Crowley & Media Logic's John Jordan

Foursquare Founder / CEO Dennis Crowley & Media Logic's John Jordan

Originally posted on Logical Juice

Back in January, I wrote my first App Spotlight blog post here on Logical Juice, about Foursquare. Since then it has become one of the most popular apps available across all mobile platforms, and is now only days away from hitting the 1 million registered users mark.

The popularity of the app gave rise to last week’s first annual Foursquare Day, the first globally recognized grass-roots celebration of the power of social media. Indeed, it was the power of social media that took Foursquare Day from being a simple idea to an actual live event: One day, an ordinary Foursquare user named Nate Bonilla-Warford had an interesting thought – why not celebrate the app on April 16 (reason being that four-squared equals 16), and have everyone “check in” to it on that day? He floated the idea around online, and it took off through the social web. It eventually caught the eye of Foursquare employees, who liked it, created an official 4sqDay badge, and set up their own party to join in the celebration with their users.

I was lucky enough to have received an invitation to join in the festivities. While I was there, I got to meet co-founder and CEO Dennis Crowley (who had time to snap a quick picture with me). The party drew quite the crowd, and featured Hollywood A-listers like Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, as well as big names in media and tech, like Digg CEO Kevin Rose. But the best part about Foursquare Day was that among the hundreds of party attendees were many normal, everyday Foursquare users – just like me.

And that’s the beauty of Foursquare – it knows what makes its brand tick. It recognizes that its success rests in the hands of its users, without whom there would have never been a Foursquare Day. The truth is that conversations are taking place every day through Foursquare, and the company has chosen to join in, have fun, and celebrate not with a VIP-only who’s who list, but with the people who check in at their local Starbucks on their way to work every morning.