It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.
A lot can happen overnight, and in the case of professional social network LinkedIn, the company is likely waking up with a big headache this morning. On top of a security flaw being discovered with its mobile calendar feature, the company is also facing a security breach with millions of user passwords potentially leaked online.
Equal parts blog and network, Storify cuts and curates pieces from various social circles and presents them as semi-linear, dynamic "stories," which can then be shared and embedded across the web. Finished products look something like a term paper by someone who doesn't quite understand footnotes, but Storify's unique organizational skills bring social media to life in a way your Twitter timeline and Facebook Wall cannot. But I didn't appreciate Storify's full potential until I used its iPad app.
Path launched in 2010 as a single-app combo of Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, with a focus on exclusivity. It limited you to 50 friends, the thought being that Path would prioritize the relationships that actually matter, and not just spotlight every kid you ever sat at a lunch table with in elementary school. Recently, Path increased that maximum to 150 friends along with a bevy of improvements, but even that still-limited tally doesn't explain why my Path friends list is so slim. The problem with Path is hardly anybody is using it.
If you’ve been following the saga of Facebook’s native iPad app, you already know that yes, it does exist and according to reports circulating on Monday from a former developer, it’s been “feature complete” since May. So what’s the holdup? The social network may be using it as leverage to cozy up to Apple.
It's 2011 and there is a certain concession a lot of us have to make: social networking sites and platforms dominate a fair part of our computing existence. That being said, why not find a Mac OS X app that allows you to update multiple social networking sites at once. Notify all of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other microcosms of your present awesomeness, all with the touch of one button from one desktop application. Here are five Mac OS X apps that pull this feat off in fine style.
If you follow any of the Mac|Life staff on Twitter, you may have noticed tweets from a mysterious service known as Turntable.fm. Imagine iTunes DJ on the Internet and you get a good idea of what Turntable.fm is.