No, Facebook, I don’t want my 5$ back, but I want something from you.

Via different channels I got the same question :

Did you get your 5 dollars back?

It’s not a secret, that I got this question as well:

Did you really delete the data as requested? Can you sell it to me … /can you share it with me?/

Well the truth is, I don’t want my 5$ back, especially not from Facebook.

And yes, I deleted the data…but maybe, just maybe I’ve deleted the data the same way Facebook deletes users’ data when he/she wants to delete his/her account…

What do I want?

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I want Facebook to start removing entire user data after pressing “Delete my account”. Is this so much to ask. This is fair, isn’t it? Can we achieve that as a community?

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Mixed Feelings After My Conversation With Facebook.(updated)

Warning: According to Facebook you are not allowed to read this post, so beware.

Perhaps you know that a few days ago I bought information about 1 million FB users from a website for the meager amount of 5 US dollars.

Anyway, I received a strange message that FB wanted to talk to me – someone from a deprtment called “Policy” which in my opinion was an euphemism for “Police” and unfortuntely it turned out to be so.

Our conversation began exatly on the agreed minute and with the warning that it “is being recorded”. The part where they usually say that it is for the purpose of “improving the service” was spared.

They thanked me for what I have done but they also asked me that I did not share the information about our talk in my profile (?!?) and my blog.

“Now we would like you to send us this file, delete it, tell us if you have given a copy of it to someone, give us the website from which you bought it including all transactions with it and the payment system and remove a couple of things from your blog. Oh and by the way, you are not allowed to disclose any part of this conversation; it is a secret that we are even having this conversation”.

I agreed to send them the data and the website of course, for that was my purpose. I tried to ask what they would do next but they said it would be an internal legal investigation.

I asked if it was possible to tell what the problem was, after they finished the investigation, so that the users could protect themselves, but they they emphasized that it would be an internal investigation and they would not share any information with third parties. And they mentioned again that I must not tell about it to nobody, because…

The overall tone of the conversation was very imperative, it is Facebook after all.
Warning: According to Facebook you are not allowed to read this post, so beware.

(Update): No, Facebook, I don’t want my 5$ back, but I want something from (for) you.

Facebook will call me!

As an answer to my previous post about 1 million facebook accounts I bought for 5$, I got this invitation

Hi Bogomil,

We’d like to set up a call with you to discuss a recent blog post of yours. Could you please provide a time and a phone number that works with your schedule?

Thanks,
Platform Policy Team
Facebook

 

The funny fact is: it came to my facebook registered e-mail, not via this blog web form as usual.

I really hope they will fix the problem and will try to put in control app developers and their services, instead of trying to convince me to remove the blogpost.

Wish me good luck!

I just bought more than 1 million …Facebook data entries. OMG! /updated/

I have the bloody habit to look for cheap deals on some websites and today I’ve got the featured offer to buy more than 1 million Facebook entries containing Full Name, e-mail and Facebook profile URL.
I make a quick check over the data and surprise, surprise: most of them are real and I even know some of those users.

1 million Facebook accounts? WTF?

The description of the offer says:

The information in this list has been collected through our Facebook apps and consists only of active Facebook users, mostly from the US, Canada, UK and Europe. There are users from other countries as well but they are almost exclusively English speaking as well, as all the apps we provide are written in English and to use them properly one needs to read the instructions. The list is checked and validated once a month so you won’t get a list full of invalid or duplicate email addresses. Whether you are offering a Facebook, Twitter, social media related or otherwise a general product or service, this list has a great potential for you. Finally, the list is in a zipped excel format split into 12 sheets, each sheet containing roughly 100,000 email addresses with name, last name and facebook profile information separated with comma.

 

Do you still feel secure?

Oh yes, the deal price was 5$ – five u.s dollars.

Oh, this is not the end of the story. I ve’got a phone call from them.

(Update): No, Facebook, I don’t want my 5$ back, but I want something from (for) you.

 

Getting inspired by Felix Baumgartner to change … education.

The record breaking space jump of Felix Baumgartner was not only adventurous but inspirational. Glogster EDU wants to take it’s own leap and break some records as well.

We want to add TEN THOUSAND new supporters for “The Initiative to Change Current Education Methods” by Friday, October 19th.

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Jump over to changedu.org now to join us in this record-breaking attempt!

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Already have an account? No problem! You can still participate by sending the changedu.org link to friends and colleagues who will benefit from the most creative, and inspirational educational platform.

Image taken from Yahoo! News

Changedu.org is mentioned as “Open Training Tool” from Smashing Magazine

I am really happy when someone mention a project I am involved with, especially in SmashingMagazine :) Click here to read the amazing article from Christian Heilmann:

In this article I’d like to discuss the changes happening on the Web and argue that its future is not as problematic and endangered as a lot of people make it out to be.

Oh, you can visit changedu.org now, if you want, but I recommend to read the entire article.

Change the education worldwide by remixing the web

We want to empower students to show their originality and knowledge, all while speaking to them in languages they understand: Multimedia and the Web.

Through discovery and implementing new ways of teaching, we could inspire the creativity of the next Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, Larry Page or Sergey Brin to create something new, exciting and special.

The initiative is on: Go and check it: http://changedu.org

Don’t forget to read the manifesto

 

 

Change the EDUcation with just 1 click. Be famous!

This week we will be launching an initiative to change current educational teaching and learning methods.

 

The way we live is changing and evolving, our day to day routine, how we access information, and communicate with our family, friends and associates. Why should education remain the same?

 

We are looking for brave people who can help us to spread the word about it. We need just 1 share ( twiter, facebook or your local peers) in exchange we will link your twitter handle, facebook profile or you blog on our main page.

Interested in helping the EDUcation worldwide? Send a message to bogomil.shopov@glogster.com with your account/link and be ready to act soon.

Thanks and please share!

I want to change how the education works, but I need your help.

Hello,
I am leading an initiative to be launched soon for changing the education methods arround the world. I need a little help from you.

We need press-partners from every country in the World and in every US and Canada and Australia state. We are looking for very powerful, but modern medias – only one per country/state.

Can you comment here if you know media in your country/state that is really awesome and powerful and want to help us. (Mainly spreading the word and distributing our donation to a school throughout the country/state)?

I just need the website if you don’t have more detailed information.

You can send me an email to shopov.bogomil@gmail.com as well.

Deadline – August 28, 2012.

PLEASE share this with your peers!

Thank you!

Who is Utilizing Social Media in the Classroom?

A little over a month ago, Glogster EDU began survey research on Social Media usage, specifically on where, when, how and which social media sites educators were. We summarized and parsed results by US regions, west coast, east coast, central USA, and Canada.

The results of this survey were interesting and provided insightful information for the future of Social Networking in the classroom. Read about the results of the research, and we welcome your comments on your own experience.

See the amazing results here.

The tools that make me a better marketeer: Geckoboard

Geckoboard is a must tool for marketing campaign visualization and analysys.

 

You can mix:

  • Your internal statistical information from your own database
  • Services like bitly.com for real time click and location analysis
  • Facebook and Twitter Statistics and messages
  • SalesForce data
  •  Get Satisfaction to monitor your customer’s happines about your ptoduct
  • Mailchimp – to retrieve statistics about your campaigns
  • Google Analytics (to do almost everything)
  • More …

 

Here are some of my widgets I am using every day.

 

 Monitoring our Facebook app usage day by day:

I can see the impact of our campaign and how it reflects on the FB usage. Priceless:

 

 Click monitoring via bit.ly:

Live click monitoring. You can set your own targets and monitor it:

 

 Google Analytics Integration:

You can do almost everything. Visits, Goals, Conversions, Page views, etc.

 

 Other Social stuff:

Monitor and Analyze Facebook Fans and Twitter Fans count.

 

 …and even survey results:

Use for free the power of highcharts for your own data

There is free 30 day trial you can start now.

Make me run and support your favorite opensource project

Couple of months ago I started a little “via Twitter” only campaign and now I think it’s the time to give it more visibility, because the deadline is in 20 days.

What?

The main idea is:  for every tweet [tooltip title=”Yes I Will” gravity=”e”][mark color=”yellow”]I will run 1[/mark][/tooltip] meter on Prague Marathon on September 8th 2012 (yes in 20 days) and will donate some money to an open source project.

How?

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Join the campaign now – it’s FUN. Fell more than free to share it with your friends.
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Remixing the Web and Creative Learning? My new mission.

Maybe some of you know, maybe not, but I am part of a great company now called Glogster EDU.  The reason I joined was I will have the opportunity to change how the education system works and to try to implement THE WEB into every school in the World. How awesome is that?

Those who knows me well, probably know the fact that I am a bad-ass person and I don’t like stupid rules and any form of Autocracy (One of the reason I am not active in the Mozilla Project anymore) and now I will have the opportunity to teach people how to remix the web and how to be part of a Great teaching community. (We have more than 3 000 000 community members so far. )

I just create a course in P2PU about Remixing the Web and Creative Learning for Teachers. Feel free to invite your peers to join our mission.

Great Teachers don’t take students to a destination, they provide them with the tools to get there on their own.