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Topic # 60903 5-May-2010 13:54
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Today I received an interesting question via email, regardig the use of "Facebook Like" and "Facebook Recommendations" on Geekzone.

Basically this user works for a company that blocks Facebook access. He's now worried that each time he access Geekzone his name will be put on a "Facebook Users" list and his company may have a problem with that.

With more than 50,000 websites already using those Facebook scripts in its first week, this problem may become more common than we think.

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  Reply # 326915 5-May-2010 14:08
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Sorry can you explain exactly what Facebook Like etc means?



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  Reply # 326916 5-May-2010 14:09
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Hmmm. Check this page. You will see a button "Like" - when you click on it you will post this page to your Facebook timeline as a "Like" (providing you are logged into Facebook).

The same next to the Quick Reply box - there's a "Recommendations" box with some links to other Geekzone pages that people you know (if you are logged in) have recommended or "liked" before.





 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 326917 5-May-2010 14:13
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Right I see. I dont Facebook so havent noticed that before.

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  Reply # 326922 5-May-2010 14:44
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If they block all access to the site, then it shouldnt be a problem.

We block Facebook/Bebo here, Im in charge of Webmarshal but I dont check every alert that comes through regarding blocks etc - long as they cant get through, thats all I worry about.

Every 3rd page I visit these days has a link to Facebook...if I was to action everytime an alert came through for a user "accessing" Facebook, Id go crazy.




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  Reply # 327003 5-May-2010 17:52
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Hmm that's a valid concern.

What about making it a profile/account option? Then when the user has that option set you just don't include the facebook like button and script in the page html.

Even better put a link/button next to the facebook like buttons so they can opt out or opt back in easily (rather than having to know about and find the option in the profile settings)

You might find quite a few people think facebook sucks and don't like the way it's heading (erosion of privacy, single point of failure for the web) and would opt of that junk er I mean stuff being on the page.



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  Reply # 327006 5-May-2010 17:54
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Ragnor: Hmm that's a valid concern.

What about making it a profile/account option? Then when the user has that option set you just don't include the facebook like button and script in the page html.

Even better put a link/button next to the facebook like buttons so they can opt out or opt back in easily (rather than having to know about and find the option in the profile settings)



As I posted in the other discussion about this feature this is now a susbscriber option.





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  Reply # 327007 5-May-2010 17:56
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Seems fair.

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  Reply # 327506 6-May-2010 19:38
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We use Facebook for AA Traffic. There have been many concerns for us around this, but it is more about making sure that comments are appropriate. Fortunately it has been recognised as a valuable business tool. I'm pretty sure that IT has blocked some applications like games, which I think is perfectly reasonable during working time.

I do think that education about social marketing for middle and senior management is very important, many are of an age where they are not particularly computer literate and therefore hold an opinion based on little knowledge, which is often misguided. (Not referring to my company here)

I think Like is a good move. Fan to me is a pretty strong word and would put me off following some pages which are about subjects, companies, products, music etc that I Like.

What is interesting is who is going to find out about what I like and what will they want to do with it.




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  Reply # 333068 21-May-2010 17:16
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is more than just an issue with facebook book likes, this is a general problem with big companies monitoring policies and tech to do it with

they're still using stuff from waaay before Web2.0 days, for instance gmail will silently update in the background to check for new emails yet to many clueless administrators this will appear as if the employee is online 24/7 (even while at home...) regardless of if he is checking his emails once a minute or twice a day




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