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Archive for September 23rd, 2006
Facebook: More Privacy Features May Make Stalking Easier
Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 at 3:09 am.

Today at 3:00 AM EDT I noticed that Facebook added a few new privacy features.

Last week we asked you guys what privacy controls you thought were necessary for the upcoming expansion. We read all of your suggestions and we have built these controls:
Hide yourself from all people in a type of network (e.g. people only in a region, high schoolers) in searches.
Prevent people in those networks from messaging, poking and adding you as a friend.
Control whether your picture shows up in your search listing.

These controls are all under the Search section of the My Privacy page. As always, please send us feedback here.

As usual, I send an email to them for thanks.

Thanks for implementing the new privacy features. I do believe that they are necessary, though they are making Facebook a bit more closed. Which, if the users like it, is good. But please, consider the implications of these moves; please see my blog article (this) for my warnings.

Thanks again for listening.

Steven Bao

What they don’t know (or they might) is that they’re paving the way for school administrators, faculty, and parents to be able to hold a Facebook and basically stalk students on Facebook. This is a very serious matter, and it should be taken seriously; the privacy features are useful for some, but the implications may be fatal. Before, it was somewhat hard to hold a Facebook account if you were not a student, as you would be found out sooner or later. If we resolve so that you need to be one’s friend to read their profile, then Facebook will become more and more closed.

Trezr: Share the Wealth
Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 at 2:53 am.


Trezr is a digg-like site where people can submit articles and people vote on them, and the best go on the front page. Only with Trezr (pronounced “treasure”) you submit deals, coupons, and tips, in a highly organized way with comments enabled. An article/item starts with a silver coin with 1 trezr (you) and if it gets to a gold coin (4 trezrs as of this writing) it goes on the front page. Very useful - deals are good … deals, coupons are coupons online and in stores, and tips are money articles and tips. Obviously.

There is also a weblet thing (like a widget) that shows your Trezrs, your posts on Trezr, or the top stories.

deals from

add this to your site

What might appeal to a few people is the Revenue Sharing program.

You credibility rating is currently at 1.5, which means you will collect 50% of the ad revenue generated by your posts. If you don’t have a Google AdSense ID, you can sign up for one here.

The ad revenue sharing program is currently in beta, and is subject to change anytime.

So basically, you can get a few bucks from this site if you have a lot of posts and stuff, which motivates people to post on Trezr. At least, it motivated me even though I don’t have an AdSense ID.

Trezr looks promising and useful. I suggest you check it out.

If you have a Trezr account, feel free to add me as a friend. My username is steven.