Follow the NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles Cast on Twitter

In 2003, Donald P. Bellisario’s navy legal drama JAG spawned a spin-off series called NCIS. The mix of crime, drama and comic relief — as well as the chemistry between members of the investigative team led by Mark Harmon’s Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs — made NCIS a hit around the world. Shane Brennan, who replaced Bellisario as NCIS showrunner in 2007, launched his own spin-off in 2009. NCIS: Los Angeles stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J, and focuses on a team of undercover agents.

As NCIS‘s star was rising, microblogging site Twitter also rose as the next big social media tool, with celebrities and their fans jumping on the bandwagon in droves. Several NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles stars have since joined the revolution.

NCIS Actors on Twitter

Sean Murray plays Special Agent Timothy McGee, a computer hacker, published author and proud “geek”. He has joined the Twitter ranks as SeanHMurray. (Murray’s real life stepsister Troian Bellisario portrays McGee’s sister Sarah, and tweets as SleepintheGardn).

Pauley Perrette plays arguably NCIS‘s most recognised character, the “gothic” forensics expert Abby Sciuto. She tweets with the username PauleyP.

Brian Dietzen, a key cast member despite not appearing in the opening credits, plays Assistant Medical Examiner Jimmy Palmer. His Twitter username is BrianDietzen.

Lauren Holly played Director Jenny Shepard from seasons three to five, until her character was fatally wounded in a shootout. Her Twitter username is LaurenHolly.

NCIS: Los Angeles Actors on Twitter

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J, also known as James Todd Smith, plays Special Agent Sam Hanna, a former Navy SEAL who speaks Arabic. His Twitter username is llcoolj.

Daniela Ruah plays Special Agent Kensi Blye, a resourceful junior field agent who can lipread and speak Portuguese and Spanish. Her Twitter username is DanielaRuah.

Peter Cambor plays operational psychologist Nate Getz, who observes interrogations, forms profiles on suspects, and debriefs the agents after missions. His username on Twitter is petercambor.

Originally a recurring character who was upgraded to the main cast in the middle of the first season, Barrett Foa plays “geeky” technical operator Eric Beal. His username on Twitter is BarrettFoa.

Adam Jamal Craig played Special Agent Dominic Vail, a rookie agent who was kidnapped and fatally wounded in season one’s most controversial storyline. He tweets under the username AdamJCraig.

Other NCIS Twitter Accounts

Official Twitter pages for both shows can be followed by looking for the usernames NCIS_CBS and NCISLA_CBS. People typically use the hashtags #NCIS and #NCISLA when tweeting about the shows.

However, fans should note that there are also a number of celebrity imposters on Twitter, including fake Cote de Pablo (Special Agent Ziva David) and Michael Weatherly (Special Agent Tony DiNozzo) accounts.

Free Twitter Tools: Micro-Blogging Applications and Services

Twitter. It seems like everyone is doing it; from the rich-and-famous celebrities and news anchors to politicians and everyone in between, Twitter is going main-stream. It’s almost hard to believe that this super popular micro-blogging website has grown by leaps-and-bounds in just a few short years.

There are many third-party applications that are available for Twitter. The following websites offer free services, tools and applications that will enhance productivity, at no cost.

Free Twitter Clients:

  • Twhirl – This handy desktop client, developed by Marco Kaiser, has many helpful features for Twitter and Friendfeed users. Twhirl displays notifications when new messages arrive, shrinks long URLs, searches tweets, records videos and even includes a spell checker. The sidebar interface is movable and includes subtle colors. Compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
  • TweetDeck – TweetDeck is another popular desktop. The application allows users to easily manage their Twitter account directly from the desktop. TweetDeck takes up more desktop space than Twhirl, but works in the background and can be used offline. Users can also open up numerous panes for creating groups. Compatible with Mac and PC operating systems.

Free Twitter Tools:

  • OutTwit – There is no need to visit the website, users can track keywords, manage and post tweets directly from the Outlook email client.
  • Twittercal – Twittercal combines Twitter with a Google calendar. Tweet reminders to friends, see important events and use a to-do list with this free service.
  • TweetLater – This service offers many helpful tools for busy Twitter users. Users can set up alerts, track keywords, schedule tweets, save draft tweets, automatically follow new followers and send automated thank you notes to new followers. Free and professional versions are available.
  • TrackThis – Track all those important FedEx, UPS, USPS and DHL packages with TrackThis. Just enter the tracking number and get up-to-date tracking information via email, text message, Twitter or Facebook.

Twitter Backup Tools:

  • TweeTake – Forgetting to backup important documents, files and photographs can be devastating for computer users. TweeTake quickly backs up Twitter account information, tweets and followers, into one handy Excel file. Just select what items are to be backed up and save the file to the computer hard drive when prompted.
  • TwitterSafe – TwitterSafe, in beta, is another simple way to backup Twitter information. Currently, only Twitter followers can be backed up but more features are coming.

Twitter Trackers:

  • TweetBurner – This helpful service shrinks long website addresses into shorter URLS. Once the URL is shortened, users can share the shortened URL with others and track how many people have visited the site.
  • Tweet2Tweet – Tweet2Tweet tracks conversations between two users. To view the conversations, just enter both of the users name in the box provided.
  • Twittterment – Twitterment is a Twitter search engine and buzz tracker. Users can search by specific word, phrase or by category to see what is currently hot or not.

Twitter Directories:

  • WeFollow – WeFollow is a new “user-powered Twitter directory” created by Kevin Rose, the founder of Digg. Find other users or submit themselves into three different categories, such as technology, news, music and celebrities.
  • Twellow – Searches, analyzes and categorizes Twitter users everywhere. Twellow requires a current Twitter account. To be added to the directory, click the “Get Listed” form. Free stickers are also available to add to websites or blogs.

Twitterlicious – This free desktop application is a mash-up of several popular applications. This small application allows users to clip individual tweets for later viewing. It quietly hides in the computer system tray and pops up on the users screen when a new tweet has been received. Available for Windows users only.

Facebook and The Job World

One of the best things about social networking is the fact that other people can become connected to another person’s job search. Posting a status explaining a user is looking for work alerts friends to keep their eyes open for job postings that may benefit the job searcher. Friends may post on the user’s wall or message them when appropriate leads are discovered.

Public conversations may also be beneficial when job hunting. Comment threads and wall postings from other friends or pages may lead the unemployed to a job vacancy. Pay special attention to pages with high traffic and those of large companies or corporations. Perhaps a job opening may be found via Facebook searching prior to being sent to a newspaper classified or online job posting website.

Using Facebook Groups to Job Search

Groups related to a specific profession can also be useful in job searching. For example, a group dedicated to journalism may post or link information regarding openings at newspapers or television studios in certain areas of the country. Discover networking possibilities through these groups by communicating with people who share a common professional interest.

Make sure the group is legitimate and make a phone call to the business prior to filling out any application that may seem suspicious. Be weary of “Work at Home” type jobs since a number of these are scams.

Your Profile and Your Job

Believe it or not, many companies are beginning to use Facebook for more than just job postings. A number of businesses are combing Facebook profiles of employees, applicants and even current clients to check up on their professional activity. Applicants must be careful so their profile does not end up in the rejected category. Numerous instances of a mere comment ruining the chances of an excellent job offer are all-too-common. Take for instance the July 2010 case of a Rogers, AK resident who made a comment her company cliamed reflected “poorly” toward her character.

Companies do not like suspicious or illegal activity either written on a Facebook profile or documented with videos or images. Extremely provocative or adult-oriented images are also frowned upon. Even something as simple as bad grammar or constant use of computer “lingo” can turn a company off from hiring a person. Doing something as simple as turning on privacy settings will do a fairly decent job at blocking a potential hire from your profile.

Tips for Impressing a Hirer

If used correctly, Facebook can be a blessing in the job market. Businesses are looking everyday for candidates who have a relatively clean Internet track record. While some information can be viewed as funny or entertaining to friends, companies may see the material in a different light.

Refrain from posting every single photo or every bit of information on a Facebook page. Keep the profile as clean and organized as possible. “If you’re finding out personal information that has no relevancy to whether this person is qualified for a job, basically you’re wasting your time,” said Jen Jorgensen, spokeswoman for the Society for Human Resource Management, in Alexandria, Va in an interview with Seattle PI. Only place the necessities and never put up information that nobody needs to know. Also keep in mind constant status updates that serve absolutely no purpose whatsoever may be seen as annoying to some employers.

Only post information on a profile that would not be shocking if found on another user’s profile. Professionalism is the key to becoming hired. Smart managers know how to eliminate poor candidates from the job pool. Don’t fall into their trap by posting something that could break a possible lifetime career.

Keeping a profile clean is not just something to do when applying for a job. It is necessary to keep a Facebook profile professional long after the job is won. A couple of photos or derogatory comments may ruin an occupational career.

Getting Value Out of Twitter: Making the Most of Information Overload

Twitter took the internet by storm just a few years ago, exciting the tech community with an instant way to communicate with others. As word of the service has spread, more are jumping on-board. While word of mouth gets people to sign up for the service, a clear explanation of how to use Twitter causes people to leave just as fast.

Underneath the surface, there is a real value in this ocean of messages.

Follow With Care

The best way to get valuable information out of Twitter is to be selective about who to follow. Twitter offers a list of suggested users to get started but it’s generic. A better solution is to search Twitter for companies or celebrities of interest. A search for CNN, MSNBC or Shaq will yield tailored results.

There are a number of celebrities on Twitter that promote themselves through their work and are easily found. In most instances, a celebrity’s ID is there actual name with no spaces. Famous people such as Shaq, LeVar Burton, Dave Matthews can all be easily found. By following specific people, only information requested comes through instead of a flood of useless updates.

Use the Hash

Keywords in Twitter updates (called “Tweets”) can help locate topics or trends that are of interest. People intentionally tag a post with the # symbol followed by a keyword. These hash tags are picked up by a website and allow easy access to what is gaining popularity. During trade shows a large amount of tweets can appear with #CES or #MacWorld. By tracking these, it’s easy to find people with similar tastes.

In addition to hash tags, Twitter has its own built-in search which can get to exactly what would interest users. It has an advanced search mode, allowing results to be filtered by date, location, attitude and even language. The ability to search for not just a topic but local people who are interested in that topic, opens a door to meeting similar people that are close-by.

Change is Good

One factor that is often overlooked with social networks is the ability to update and alter what it brings to each user. A person can be “un-followed” with just a click of the mouse and as new interests enter our lives, those new keywords can be found. The results of what Twitter can bring are dynamic and nothing is set in stone.

If someone tweets off-topic too much, it’s easy to remove them. If someone is harassing or offensive, they can be blocked. By updating how the service is used, it can consistently deliver valuable information. There’s no shortage of people out there and there is always something to learn. By planning out what method works best for each user, Twitter’s value can be seen within just a few hours of use.

FishVille Debuts on Facebook: Zynga’s New Aquarium Game Promises Fun

FishVille is a Facebook casual game that allows anyone to make their own virtual aquarium. While this concept isn’t new (take a peek at successful Happy Aquarium), FishVille is quickly becoming a favorite among Facebook users.

FishVille launched on November 5, 2009 to an excited group of fans. The game is spreading throughout Facebook friends rapidly, and is quickly rising in ranks in the application leaderboard for unique users.

Getting Started with FishVille

After installing FishVille, the first thing a player encounters is a brief tutorial that walks new players through the game. This teaches players the basic concepts of breeding and selling fish, adding neighbors, decorating the aquarium, and feeding fish.

When the game first starts, a player has only a small fish tank with a few fish in it. They are then instructed to buy and raise more fish, and share their successes with friends. The game allows players to decorate their tanks however they would like, using purchased items from the store or gifts from their friends.

The Objective of FishVille

The main goal of FishVille is to level up aquarium and fishkeeping skills. Every player starts out at level 1, and gains levels quickly by performing basic tasks and interacting with the game. The objective is to raise and sell fish to others, which in turn provides coins and experience points needed to gain additional levels.

Each fish breed in FishVille takes a varying amount of time to reach maturity, cannot be sold until mature, and sells for a difference price. Players increase their level and coin balance by interacting with the game more frequently to sell their fish at the optimum time before they grow too old and die. This mechanic is very similar to the popular farming Facebook game, FarmVille.

FishVille spreads around Facebook virally by asking players to share their accomplishments with others by posting them on their Facebook walls. The game also builds mechanics into FishVille that encourage adding “neighbors” to the player’s aquarium. Adding neighbors will send invites to friends to ask them to play the game with you. The game also features gifting which has proven to be popular in other online Facebook applications.

Who Makes FishVille?

FishVille was created by Zynga, one of the leading Facebook application developers. Zynga are responsible for other top Facebook games such as Mafia Wars, Cafe World, YoVille, and FarmVille., Zynga have boasted that they have 50 million daily active users spread out throughout their Facebook games.

How Does FishVille Make Money?

FishVille makes money through the sale of a virtual currency, and encouraging players to participate in third-party offers. Zynga also uses cross-advertising with their other large Facebook games to bring traffic and revenue to all of their online offerings.

FishVille is just a newcomer to the world of Facebook games, however with Zynga’s track record of producing popular games it is sure to become a fast competitor. The game is fun for all ages with it’s whimsical art style, quirky gameplay, and the ability to share accomplishments with your online friends. There are plenty of resources on the web that can teach you how to play FishVille, or how to earn coins or experience points.

Facebook’s ItGirl Game

Facebook apart from offering the opportunity to socialize online, offers Facebookers the ability to play relatively free and entertaining online games.

Facebook has a huge selection of online games that take you from a world of zombies, to farming, to building a city, to shopping, and much more.

ItGirl Popularity

Even though ItGirl is not as popular among Facebookers as is FarmVille, a game that has remained the number 1 choice for last few years, it does have over eight million active users.

ItGirl has been given a 4.9 out of 5 review by Facebookers and it features all of the things that girls love:

shopping, partying, salon makeovers, flirting, boyfriends, traveling, cars, and houses.

ItGirl Gameplay

The game consists of becoming the ItGirl, the hottest, most popular, most glamorous girl in the world.

Like other Facebook games ItGirl is free to play, but also like other games it offers the option of paying real money to obtain special items. This currency is known in the game as Facebook credits.

Your progress in the game is measured by your hotness, clique size, closet bonus, and reputation.

Your hotness comes from the combination of clothes that you choose.

Your clique size, comes from the friends that have joined you in playing ItGirl.

Closet bonuses come from how much you shop and basically what you have in your closet.

Your reputation comes from how many showdowns you have won, your boyfriends, and your possessions.

ItGirl’s Developer

ItGirl was developed by a company called CrowdStar.

This company also developed other games on Facebook such as: Happy Aquarium, Happy Pets and Zoo Paradise, among others.

ItGirl Criticism

One of the biggest criticisms of the game is that you don’t really get to interact with your friends, there is no chat build into the game, instead you can call each other through the game, without really speaking.

Another criticism is that you need your friends help in order to advance in the game, and if your friends are not interested in the game as much as you then you will be stuck.

The second criticism is also applicable to all Facebook games, as they are all based on the idea of friend collaboration.

Some Reasons Why Girls Love Facebook’s ItGirl Game:

You get to shop as much as you want for and wear cute alfets

-You get to change your looks whenever you want through a make-over

-You get to flirt with boys and become boyfriend and girlfriend

-You get to compete with other Facebookers in showdowns to see who is hotter

-You get to do all the things girls love to do

ItGirl is a great game for girls of all ages, even though it is probably most appealing to teenagers and young adults.

Overall ItGirl has a very girly look, and the developers of the game seem to have really captured and understood what girls love to do and this is why female Facebookers like it so much.

If you want to shop and not spend a dime, Facebook’s ItGirl Page is the place to go.

Facebook Launches New Login Security Features

Facebook recently launched several new security features to help keep personal information secure and protect users from hackers and scammers. Last week, the social networking website launched the two new features that are available to all Facebook users.

Facebook Login Notifications

In order to prevent unauthorized logins, users can now “approve” the computers and mobile devices that will be used to access their accounts. If an unauthorized computer or mobile device attempts to access the users’ account, he or she is immediately notified via text message or email. The notification includes information that explains how to reset and secure the account before personal information is accessed.

Because the new feature is not the default setting, the option must be manually turned on. In order to activate the feature, log into Facebook and select the “Account” button located at the top of the page. Select “Account Settings,” “Account Security” and “Change.” When prompted to receive notification for logins from new devices, select “Yes.” Each device that is used to access the account will have to be registered. When the process is complete, be sure to save the new settings before exiting.

Blocking Unauthorized Logins

If an unauthorized person attempts to gain access to an account, he or she will be greeted with additional verification security questions to confirm his or her identity. Users may be asked to enter their date of birth or to identify someone in a photograph.

Facebook Privacy Concerns

Despite recent criticism by some users and privacy advocates regarding security and privacy issues, the new features appear to give users more control over their personal information and protect users from external hackers. However, the features do not yet address the issue of Facebook’s privacy policies and keeping users’ personal information private.

For instance, Facebook’s “opt-in” policy shares users’ personal information with partner websites unless it is manually disabled by the user. Some personal interest information stated in a users profile may also be considered public. Visit the Facebook Privacy Guide for more information and updates or the Facebook Security page.

Several United States senators, along with Senator Charles Schumer of New York, recently asked the social networking site to make it easier for users to control and protect their privacy on Facebook. Schumer also asked the Federal Trade Commission to create guidelines for social networking websites.

Founded by Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes and Eduardo Saverin, “thefacebook” was launched from the foursome’s Harvard dorm room in 2004. In less than one year, one million active users were part of the Facebook phenomenon. Today, the California-based social networking site has over 400 million active users.

While social networking websites provide another means of communicating with friends and family, it is also important to remember that posting something online today, may be problematic in the future.

Marketing a Business Through Facebook: How Online Social Networking Can Help Companies Grow

Facebook is an extremely popular social networking site. Once registered, users are able to add friends and send them messages, either privately or publicly by writing on the other person’s ‘wall.’ They are also able to create personal profiles, which they can add photos, event notifications, status updates and other details to. Joining Facebook is completely free. The site makes its revenue through selling advertising space.

How to Use Facebook for Business Purposes

If approached properly, Facebook can provide companies with the opportunity to converse with thousands of current and potential customers, investors, key media and other individuals central to the success of the business.

Businesses can set up a public Facebook Group or Fan Page, which other users of the site can then join. Depending on which settings are chosen, visitors might be able to post comments about the company and its products, add photos and start discussions about topics relevant to the industry the business is in. If the group or page is monitored and updated regularly, it can make the company feel more personal, human and closer to the customers.

A Facebook Group specifically for employees can also be formed. Having an online forum to discuss both work and personal experiences can have the effect of bringing staff together and making them feel like a tightly knit team. Just remember to provide some guidelines as to how social networking sites can be used while in the office. A minute or two at lunchtime is bearable whereas spending all day on the website, to the detriment of work duties would most definitely not be.

Individuals, such as CEOs and business owners, can also set up their own personal Facebook profile. As well as allowing the person to connect with friends and family, it can also be used as a business networking tool.

Top Tips for Making the Most of Facebook- Update Pages and Groups Regularly

Facebook Groups and Pages that aren’t kept current or which contain uninteresting posts, will quickly become unpopular and will lose members. This will reflect badly on the brand, in the same way a tired, out of date website will do. Updating Facebook Pages is especially beneficial as these, unlike the Groups, appear in Google searches. The more that is added to the Pages, the more chance they have of appearing in the first one or two pages of relevant Google searches.

Link Facebook To a Twitter Account

Facebook gives users the option of linking their Facebook Page to their Twitter account. This means any posts on the Page will automatically appear in the person’s Twitter feed. This cuts down substantially on the time spent using social networking sites.

Do Not Overuse the Messaging Service

Once a Facebook Group or Page has been set up, the administrator can send a message to everyone who has joined the Group or Page. While this can be useful at times, when the business wants to make an announcement or convey an important piece of information, it is important not to abuse the privilege. If a company spams their Facebook followers, they will soon start blocking messages or will simply leave the group.

Be Creative

Finally, use some imagination when using Facebook to raise awareness of a brand. Do not be constrained to simply posting the odd link or bits of news. Internationally successful furniture company, IKEA, recently proved that some innovative thinking when using Facebook could reap huge rewards.

IKEA used the site to launch a new store in Malmo, Sweden. They created a Facebook profile for the store manager and over a two week period uploaded images from IKEA showrooms to his Facebook photo album. Then they announced that the first person to tag their name to a product in the pictures won it. The campaign was hugely succesful, with hundreds of Facebook tagging the photos and asking questions about the new store. As a result, IKEA mentions online skyrocketed. It is this kind of new, fresh approach to marketing through tools such as Facebook which causes some brands to stand out above others

Twitter Rolls Out Pay-Per-Click Advertising Model

Visitors to may have recently noticed changes to search results performed on the site. That is because on April 13, Twitter rolled out a new business model featuring promoted tweets, the Twitter version of keyword advertising. Initial participants in the program include Bravo, Starbucks and Sony Pictures.

How the Promoted Tweets Program on Twitter Works

Since April 13, promotional advertisements have appeared in search results on the Twitter website. The advertisement, essentially a company tweet, is displayed as a promotional advertisement with top placement in the search results. Users can than retweet, designate the ad as their favorite, or reply to the tweet just as they could with a normal tweet. Currently Twitter has limited advertisements to one for each search.

Twitter’s Promoted Tweet Program is based on keyword advertising like traditional pay-per-click (PPC) advertisements. However, unlike traditional PPC advertising like Google AdWords, Twitter’s pricing strategy involves bidding on keywords based on one thousand views. This allows marketers to place their 140-character message at the top of the estimated 50 million tweets displayed on the website each day.

Marketers can use promoted tweets to accomplish a variety of goals such as receiving customer input to streamline product improvement or to start a conversation which leads to greater brand recognition. Since marketers do not pay for retweeted advertisements, this program gives marketers the potential to reach a large audience.

Although initially the program only provides top placement in queries on the Twitter website, Twitter has plans to expand the program to include advertisement placement in user feeds and third-party services like TwitterBerry in the future.

A Mixture of PPC and Organic Results – Twitter Creates a New Hybrid PPC Model

As the program expands, Twitter plans to base advertisement placement and perhaps payment structure on a metric called resonance. Twitter defines resonance as the number of members who interact with the promoted tweet including retweets, clicking on the promoted tweet and clicking on the company profile. In addition, the resonance metric will try to capture the impact of opinion leaders such as influential retweeters as they interact with the promoted tweet.

Ultimately marketers participating in the Promoted Tweet Program will earn a resonance score and advertisers with a score at or lower than the typical marketing tweet will be weeded out of the program. This new PPC model will force marketers to focus on relationship building and developing a long-term commitment to Twitter members.

Marketers enrolled in the program will have real-time access to resonance stats allowing them to monitor and increase the efficiency of tweets as they are posted.

The Future of Twitter’s New Business-Friendly Model

Twitter is committed to creating a program that is beneficial to both marketers and members. As a result, Twitter will spend the next year incrementally rolling out the program. This will allow Twitter executives to measure the resonance metric to decide in the fourth quarter how successful the program is and whether promoted tweets should be expanded to user feeds and third-party sites.

Twitter also has plans for other business-friendly programs in the near future. In the works is a deal with search engines to provide real-time streaming twitter feeds to search results in Google, Yahoo and Bing. In addition, Twitter plans to offer professional accounts which would provide benefits such as multiple users per account and a user statistics dashboard that allows organizations to manage their branding efforts and brand reputation.

More details for marketers interested in participating in the Promoted Tweets Program will be forthcoming in the near future.

Facebook’s ‘Like’ Button to Appear Across the Internet

For some time many sites have offered a ‘Sign In With Facebook’ button which allows a third party to connect to a visitor’s Facebook account and post information about their activity on their site. Unlike the similar feature for a user’s Twitter account, allowing access to a Facebook account will disclose far more personal information than what’s provided by Twitter.

Facebook Takes Sharing Social Media to the Next Level

With 400+ million members Facebook’s new web-wide feature appears poised to rival Digg, Reddit and Twitter, with the ‘Like’ button set to appear on sites such as YouTube, Pandora, Hulu and The Wall Street Journal. ‘Liking’ a web page will connect a third party (e.g. YouTube, et al.) to the user’s Facebook account and post information to that user’s Wall. Friends can comment and like, which will further refine the information based on others’ preferences.

“People can have instantly social and personalized experiences everywhere they go,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, during the F8 keynote. (Source: IT World)

Facebook, Privacy and ‘Open Graph’ API

The term ‘Facebook privacy’ may sound like an oxymoron, given the number of times settings and policies have been revised; but the new Open Graph developer platform seems like it will be the most invasive feature to privacy so far.

With the Open Graph platform Facebook and its partners will share data between them to display targeted advertisements and suggestions based on user-generated preferences. For example, if a Facebook user ‘likes’ a song on Pandora, not only will that information be displayed for sharing on their Wall but will become part of their Facebook data across their friends as well as with third party sites. Essentially, the change in privacy means that information posted to a Facebook profile from a third party will become part of the Facebook network of partners.

Facebook’s New Privacy Settings

With the introduction of this new, web-wide Open Graph data sharing feature, Facebook privacy controls have once again changed. To see and edit the new settings, log into Facebook and navigate to Account > Privacy Settings > Applications and Websites, then decide whether to opt-out of allowing Facebook’s to ‘personalize’ visits to partners’ websites based on Facebook ‘likes’.

In light of the new policies it’s also worth considering editing the “What your friends can share about you” setting, which lets users control what information their Facebook friends can share about them on other sites with a Facebook API.

Privacy: User Beware

As more sites offer visitors the opportunity to share information across their Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Plaxo, Digg or other personalized online accounts. subscribers need to be increasingly aware of changes to privacy settings and of the sites’ policies on data sharing with third-parties.

Considering the exponential growth of sites that gather vast amounts of very specific user data, what many people think happens on Facebook may not necessarily stay on Facebook.