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Google Image Search Yourself Facebook Isn’t Private

image Have you ever googled your name?  Most people have searched for their name across the Internet.  But, have you ever Google Image searched your name?

A few months ago, Facebook faced criticism from privacy activists after they changed privacy controls, and opened up profiles for easier searching of friends. Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, published an essay with a philosophy that the more people share about themselves, the more connected the world will be.  Apparently, this philosophy transcends to how Facebook shares information with their partners.

If you Google Image search your name, you will be surprised to see your Facebook profile pic all over the place.  My privacy controls on Facebook are locked down accordingly with all the restrictions I can place.  Yet, if I Google Image search my name, my profile picture from Facebook appears. How is this possible?

According to Facebook’s Privacy FAQ, “Any content that is available to "everyone" is considered public information. To help real-world friends find you, your name, profile picture, gender, username and networks are always open to everyone.”  Which means in simple terms, that your profile pic, gender, username and networks do not have any privacy controls attached to them.  Whatever you choose as your profile pic will be indexed by search engines.

What does this mean for you?

If you are concerned about privacy, simply do not use a profile pic.  Another option is to change your profile pic to a cartoon or avatar.


A word of advice? Don’t put your kid’s pictures in your profile pic.  Personally, I don’t feel comfortable having someone Google Image search my name, and it shows the world all the pictures of my kids.


Perhaps the trend of using a cartoon from your childhood as your a profile is not such a bad idea.


The bottom line?

If you are really super paranoid, and don’t want your information anywhere on the Internet, stop using social networking sites such as Facebook and Myspace.  If that’s not possible, at least limit the amount you expose on your profile.  

Android Wi-Fi Tethering

This news is a couple months old, but somehow I missed it!  r2 Apparently, owning an Android-based phone will not only give you access to  thousands of awesome apps, but your own personal portable internet router!

A friend of mine told me she heard this was coming soon and wanted me to check into it. 

With ‘Froyo,’ Google’s code word for Android 2.2, you will be able to make your phone a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.  So, anywhere you have phone service, you will have Internet!  Your laptop will see your phone as a wireless network, and connect right up.  This has been available with the PalmOS phones for additional cost.  Its not sure if there will be a cost associated with the tethering, but I’m hoping they keep it free!

This is very exciting, and sets the stage for your phone to really be like a mini-robot.  I always joke that my Android phone is my very own personal R2D2…and it definitely is just as handy as the Star Wars version. . . light-saber app & all!


Check out these articles on the subject:

ZDNet:  Android 2.2 lays down the guantlet, includes WiFi tethering

ZDNet:  Google Android 2.2 Froyo

Wired:  Android 2.2 ‘Froyo’ Features USB, Wi-Fi Tethering

Beginners: Discover New Websites with StumbleUpon for Google Chrome

If you are having a slow day and nothing looks interesting on the net what do you do? Instead of looking through the same sites again you could have fun finding new websites with the StumbleUpon extension for Google Chrome.

Note: No account is required in order to use the extension. Do keep in mind that any websites that you mark as favorites will not be permanently saved without an account though.