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facebook seppuku

If Facebook is taking over your life, a new website is offering you a way out.

The site, Seppukoo.com, offers ritual suicide for Facebook users’ virtual profiles by deactivating your account. And it doesn’t stop there. If you’re willing to end it all, the site will feature a RIP memorial page on its site and sends the page to all your Facebook friends.

“You are more than your virtual identity,” the site says. “Pass away and leave your ID behind.”

The site is named after the ancient Japanese samurai act of “seppuku.” The samurai preferred to die with honor. So, rather than fall into the hands of their enemies, samurai would voluntarily kill themselves by plunging a sword into their stomach.

“As the seppuku restores the samurai’s honour as a warrior, Seppukoo.com deals with the liberation of the digital body,” the site says.

The design and layout of Seppukoo.com is strikingly similar to Facebook – the exception being that Seppukoo is red and gray, while Facebook is blue and white. Another small point of differentiation: Seppukoo features paintings of sword-wielding samurai.

To take the final step, you simply type in the same information you use to log onto your Facebook account including e-mail address and password. (The site says it does not save the information.) Then choose one of six templates for the memorial page and compose your “last words.” After that’s entered: curtains. The profile is deactivated. (If you want back on Facebook, just log in and your account is reactivated.)

However, friends can write on your memorial page. In addition, you get points for recruiting others to commit “seppukoo” and follow you into the virtual netherworld. The site keeps score and lists the point leaders.

The site was produced by an Italian “imaginary art group,” called Les Liens Invisibles (translated from French: The Invisible Links). When asked for an interview, Guy McMusker, art director of the group, replied in an e-mail that Les Liens Invisibles couldn’t do it on the phone. The group couldn’t speak, he said, “because of its invisible nature.”

Members of Les Liens Invisibles, Clemente Pestelli and Gionatan Quintini, also created a Google maps parody and a Flikr parody. This is their latest spoof.

About 20,000 people have signed up on the site since it launched last month, McMusker said. Facebook says it has 300 million users.

But he insists that Seppukoo.com was not started to attack Facebook. Instead, the site aims “to help people discover what happens after their virtual life and to rediscover the importance of being anyone, instead of pretending to be someone.”

In fact, Les Liens Invisibles has a Facebook page.

“We’re not Luddites,” McMusker said. “We’re incoherent.”

Spending too much time on Facebook? Let this site commit seppuku for your Facebook account! You might just regain your life back. Your real life, I mean. Seriously speaking, how many of us spend hours on Facebook every day? Can you imagine how many other things you could have done with those “lost” hours? If you’re one of those who want to recover your life, maybe it’s time you visited Seppukoo.com today and say goodbye to Facebook once and for all.

Don’t worry, they only deactivate your profile. Just log in to Facebook again to come back from the dead…

joke’s on you, zucker

Facebook controversially forced profile pictures into public and pushed users to share candids with the whole world. So now we’re blessed with pics of the social network’s young CEO shirtless, romantic, clutching a teddy bear, and looking plastered.

So at least this whole privacy scandal hasn’t been for naught.

As a result of it, Mark Zuckerberg has gone from sharing very little of his personal Facebook content with the public to sharing a whole lot, True/Slant’s Kashmir Hill has noticed. Where the public could see just one photo of the Facebook co-founder in October, strangers now have access to a cache of 290 shots, including snaps uploaded by Zuckerberg and those uploaded by people who have tagged him in their pics.

This opening may be a result of Facebook’s new default settings; or could be a result of Zuckerberg trying to reverse the PR debacle of the new privacy system by opening up the content himself; or could be a combination of both. In any case, it springs one way or another from the privacy controversy. And as dogged but often frustrated chroniclers of Zuckerberg’s personal side, we’re thrilled. We just knew this new system would be a boon to gossips like ourselves.

This is pretty funny. Who knew that Facebook’s privacy changes would backfire on the CEO itself. Enough said, wanna see those pictures of the Zucker? Check them out here: http://bit.ly/6tNvYA

keep facebook safe

A large pop-up box will greet Facebook users logging on to the social-networking site on Thursday, asking them to modify their privacy settings.

The company says the changes will help streamline privacy controls that have confused many of its 350 million users and were sprawled over six separate pages.

What is getting the thumbs-down

Complaints have started flowing in, focusing on three areas:

The changes treat as “publicly available information” the following: your name, profile picture, current city, gender and networks, and the pages you’re a fan of.

Until now, you had the option of restricting much of that information. That option has been removed.

The ramifications, as the nonprofit Electronic Frontier Foundation sees them:

“For example, you might want to join the fan page of a controversial issue (like a page that supports or condemns the legalization of gay marriage), and let all your personal friends see this on your profile, but hide it from your officemates, relatives or the public at large.” You cannot do so now.

The foundation says: “These changes are especially worrisome because even something as seemingly innocuous as your list of friends can reveal a great deal about you. In September, for example, an MIT study nicknamed ‘Gaydar’ demonstrated that researchers could accurately predict a Facebook user’s sexual orientation simply by examining the user’s friends list.”

Facebook counters that a user’s friends list can be made nonviewable. But it is either viewable by all or by no one.

Another source of consternation is Facebook apps, such as the quizzes developed by third parties that many users are fond of taking.

Until now, Facebook provided an option so you could specify that your information not be shared with others when one of your friends adds such an app.

But now, whenever a friend adds an app, your “publicly available information” becomes accessible to the developer.

So why did Facebook undertake the changes?

The Weblog TechCrunch explains it this way: If a user retains the “Everyone” option, the information is accessible by the Web at large.

“In short, this is Facebook’s answer to Twitter. … That means Facebook can leverage it for real-time search, and can also syndicate it to other places, like Google and Bing. The feature has been available in the site’s privacy settings since last summer, but most people didn’t use it (and probably didn’t even know it was there). The new privacy launch today puts this as the default option for many users.”

The changes have met with mixed reaction. By early Thursday, more than 2,700 users had approved of the changes on the Facebook blog.

But about 700 people said they were unhappy.

“The new setting[s] are ridiculous,” commented user Victoria Anne Archer. “I have less control than before and my friends are visible to everyone … I can’t hide them … but I have no choice … because if I select only friends … then NO ON[E] CAN FIND ME!”

What is getting the thumbs-up

The most commended aspect of the new settings is that they allow users to micromanage who can access every bit of information on the site.

One way to do so is to separate your friends into lists and grant those lists varying levels of accessibility.

For example, if you would rather your bosses not know what you do on downtime, you can place them on a specially created list.

In addition, a user can specify accessibility post by post.

After each status update you type or photo you post, you can pick from a drop-down menu whether you want that item visible to everyone, to just your friends, or to friends of friends as well.

How to access the changes

The new controls will be available under the “Settings” link at the top right of every page, in addition to being available in the dialogue box.

For each section — profile information, contact information, applications and search — users will be asked to pick from three options about who can access the information: Friends, Friends of friends, or Everyone.

The changes do away with “regional networks,” which let users designate themselves as residents of a geographic area. But Facebook is retaining school- and company-based networks.

It is worth noting that many users will find their privacy options set at “Recommended settings” by default. If you retain those, your information will be available to everyone.

If you would rather the site not share your information publicly, you will need to click through each section and restrict it to “Friends” only.

This applies for photos as well. A user will have to specify album by album how much access to grant others.

In addition, you will have to go under “Search” and specify whether you want Facebook to make your information available to users who look for you on Facebook and on the Web.

Increased privacy control for Facebook? Sounds like a good idea, considering that almost everyone has a Facebook account right now. I’m sure people want a way of ensuring that their personal information isn’t shared unknowingly with people that they don’t know. Still, it’s a bit troublesome, and for some people they might just decide to skip the whole configuration, which defeats the purpose of having these improved privacy measures in the first place.

facebook trick

If you still don’t know by now, Facebook allows you to tag people in wall posts. While typing a wall post, simply type the character ‘@’. Then begin typing your friend’s name. A drop-down list will appear, allowing you to select your friend’s name to add to your wall post. Once published, your friend will be notified that they have been tagged, and a copy of your wall post will also appear on their wall.

However, you can’t tag yourself! You’ll notice that your own name is missing from the list of friends. But I’ve found a way to give yourself a tag.

Simply use the following code:

@[userid:blablabla]

Where userid is your Facebook ID number, and blablabla can be anything you want – it won’t make a difference. To find your Facebook ID number, open your profile page and it should be in the location bar – it’s a long string of numbers. If you’ve selected a user name for your Facebook account, just click on your profile picture and you should be able to get your Facebook ID from the location bar.

I’ve been trying it out and it doesn’t seem to let you do anything fancy, besides putting a link to your own profile in your wall posts. If you guys try it out and find some use for it, please share it here!