NMFAPIMWLC on Facebook

21May08

So here’s the deal. So many of you have jumped in on this weight loss/healthy eating/exercising routine thing, that we  decided to open up a Facebook group where everyone can go and keep each other informed and accountable.

So if you do not have a Facebook account, head here and sign up.

Then, head here and join the NMFAPIMWLC group.

Once you do this, we can give each other tips, tricks and all around great ideas. You can ask questions, see how people are doing and this way we can get as many people as we want involved!

I will continue to post my Monday updates here on the blog, and you are welcome to stay involved on your site as well. But come on over the NMFAPIMWLC group on Facebook and join in the fun!

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18 Responses to “NMFAPIMWLC on Facebook”

  1. 1 alece

    joining… NOW.

  2. 2 Gerard

    Lol.
    Joining too!

  3. I have a facebook page, don’t “use” it though anymore. I totally suck at facebook.

  4. Ok, exposing stupidity here…I can’t figure out how to join ….*sigh*

  5. Deb, do you have a facebook account already? If so, look for the “join this group” on the group page in the upper right portion of the page near the logo.

    If you haven’t signed up yet for facebook, you’ll have to go to facebook.com and sign up first, then come back here and click the link to the group page and join up.

    If your not able to, that’s ok, I’ll still be keeping updates and stuff going here.

  6. Alece and Gerard, good to have you there!

    Bran, no worries, if you still have your account, just log in and go to the page. You can just read stuff going on…that will keep it simple for ya :)

  7. I do not desire to ‘dampen’ anyone’s enthusiasm for the NMFAPIMWLC.

    A recent report i saw on TV however, gives me pause for concern about facebook.

    It appears that the ‘gadgets’ the more tech savvy people create that users can add to their site can give those people access to any data (including personal details supplied only to facebook) on your account.

    Not only this but it can also allow access to data on anyone’s account who connects to the unsuspecting user’s site! :shock:

    I do not have something (other than my secret super-identity) to hide but until facebook can offer assurances that my personal data is guaranteed ‘safe’ i will not be opening one of their accounts.

    I know hackers can get just about anywhere on the net these days but i don’t want to be a party – especially an unwilling party – to cyberfraud more than i can help.

    I do hope to be able to continue with semi-regular updates to my blog and other’s blogs in order to be a part of the challenge and to offer what support i may. :-)

    <B

  8. No worries Love. That issue was actually over whether or not Facebook was going to allow businesses to access Facebook info so that they could sell you product. Essentially it would translate to a bunch of Facebook spam. There was no issue with personal info. That’s safe and sound. Besides there is no personal info on Facebook that isn’t already available through our own blogs. But Facebook users won the spam war and Facebook will not be releasing any user data to third parties.

    Now with all that said, many are not comfortable with Facebook or other social networks and I completely understand. I will continue to update here as well for anyone who doesnt have a Facebook or is not interested in signing up for one.

  9. Actually B, that was not what i was concerned with. Read this!

    Serious developers i might be inclined to trust – but any facebook user can put up an app from a developer they have no idea about and give them access to MY information if i am connected to their account!

    I don’t have my date of birth on WordPress and would probably lie about it if i opened a facebook account – but many users are not aware of this real problem. Just because Facebook will not directly reveal your info to others themselves does not mean unauthorised use of it does not occur!

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9854409-7.html

    All facebook users may want to read the article!

    <B

  10. Tjats pretty much what I am talking about. They discussed the Beacon plan in that article which is more of a concern than anything. The way any social network (MySpace, Facebook,Blog) works is that as you create info about yourself, it is documented for people to have access to. So when you put an email address or phone number online, you give access to anyone with an Internet connection that info. The sites like Facebook take simple applications and allow those applications to access your info. Not any info. Just the info hat you’ve placed on your Facebook page. Not your account data, only your public page. So if you install a book application, that book application can now follow you around the Internet and use your info to see what kind of books you are reading and buying. That should be common knowledge. If you don’t want these Applications doing that, don’t install it. There are ways to access applications without allowng them access to your info. Facebook has lots of good info on this.

    Now, what cannot happen is this. Entities outside of Facebook cannot in anyway access your Facebook info. That is where Facebook listened to its clientele. Also the applications within Facebook cannot access any info that you haven’t placed on your public profile. So in other words, if you don’t want it public, keep it private.

    Again, I understand the concerns and fears. There is always the unknown in the web world. But there has been a ton of research regarding this and Facebook is safe. If you want the world to have all your info, fine. But if you don’t, they won’t be able to get it.

  11. Ahhh… are you quite sure of your facts B?? These paragraphs are of great concern to me…

    “Facebook’s Web site and lengthy application terms of service curiously fail to mention something rather important. In addition to providing the application developer access to most of your private profile data, you also agree to allow the developer to see private data on all of your friends too.

    Many Facebook users set their profiles to private, which stops anyone but their friends from seeing their profile details. This is a great privacy feature that can protect users from cyberstalkers and is completely gutted by the application system. To restate things–if you set your profile to private, and one of your friends adds an application, most of your profile information that is visible to your friend is also available to the application developer–even if you yourself have not installed the application.

    The good news is that Facebook lets you configure the amount of your own private data that your friend’s applications can see. The bad news is that it’s hidden away, requiring several clicks through menus to find a page listing specific privacy settings (Privacy -> Applications -> Other Applications). Furthermore, the default values are extremely lax, such that a user who has yet to discover the preference page is essentially sharing her entire profile by default.

    This friend data-sharing “feature,” and the ability to protect against it, isn’t mentioned anywhere else on Facebook’s site, nor are users informed about it when they install an application.”

    ‘Private’ data on facebook seems NOT to be so private to ANYONE who develops an application for facebook users.

    Facebook is very ‘coy’ when it talks about how well it ‘screens’ such application developers for their honesty and scrupulousness with ‘private’ data :shock:

    <B

  12. 12 Darla

    I will get on Facebook later today and join…been using it for a long time, and my daughter too….I will just have to trust that God will not allow anyone to steal my identity..LOL they would be so bummed!!

  13. Hey Love, where that article gets confusing is what their definition of “private info” is.

    90% of online social networks require a name, email address and a password to join. This is to access your account information.

    Facebook has 2 layers of information. One is your account, one is your profile.
    Your profile is where everything takes place. On this profile you can place any tpe of media applications and info about yourself that you want other to know or have access to. You can set your profile to be public or private. When set to private, the general public cannot access it. Mine is set to public so anyone at anytime can go there and read or get a hold of me. this is a preference.

    Now what this article is talking about is that your profile is never truly private, even if you set it up to be private. Because, applications and some loopholes allow others to either see some of your profile info or access your media (pictures, music, etc,.)

    Why the article is confusing is this. At no time can anyone (even Facebook themselves, or they will be sued) can anyone access your account information. They cannot get a hold of your email an password via your account. If you choose to put your email on your profile, they will get it there. It is public, but if you don’t, they cannot in anyway get a hold of it.

    So, seeing as how Facebook only needs simple info (name, email, password) to even hold an account, it is unlikely that any damage or concern need be made over owning an account there. Even if some amazing hacker (which is always possible) breaks into your Facebook account, they would gain access to the ability to administrate your profile. But, not your personal life.

    Does this make sense? I understand people’s concerns with online environments, but these little social networks only give out whatever data you put in. They cannot access private info (social security numbers, medical records, legal documents) that you choose to keep private and off line.

    Now, people need to live in these social environments safely. If you put it out there, it will be seen and it may be used, so don’t do anything you are not comfortable with.

  14. I understand what you have quite correctly said B.

    My problem is that people who are less tech-savvy may think (falsely) that ‘private’ info as defined by facebook or other social network sites is actually private to just them and or their friends.

    i am mainly thinking of Kids here but some who are not all that familiar with computers can also be seriously mislead by Facebook using the word ‘private’, so as to give the impression of a kind of ‘security’.

    Why did the article mention dates of Birth for facebook? Do people put these on websites?

    Would you advise this as i feel it is not worth the risk, just to get a birthday reminder or something?

    Do you think anyone would give their credit card number – or their parent’s credit card number – on their site?

    Computers can often incline us to let our guard down.

    <B

  15. Love, I hear you loud and clear with kids presence on the web. Parents need to instruct appropriate behavior and also limit their time until they are mature enough to deal with online social behavior. It’s hard enough for us adults :)

    A kid could easily put any type of info they wanted on a site and then be hurt from it. they don’t need Facebook or MySpace to do that, but it could be done there as well.

    Facebook does not ask for or require your credit card for anything. There are services through any site where you could purchase items (facebook included), but that is up to the consumer if they want to do this. I know many that are not comfortable with purchasing anything over the internet and will not do this. I couldn’t live without it. i am purchasing things everyday via the web for my job. I personally only deal with sources I know and trust, so I feel secure.

    The birth date is a preference. Some people don’t want it advertised to the world for many different reasons, others are not concerned. Facebook allows people to know your birthday, so that you can wish them a happy birthday and send them online cards or notes. I just wished two of my friends happy birthday via Facebook this week.

    And yes, computers can encourage us to let our gaurd down, as well as our hair and a host of other things :)

  16. you’re not thinking of growing that mullet back…. ARE YOU??? :shock:

    <B

  17. Only for lots of money. Of course I’d have to have a new wife to be allowed to :)

  18. Dangerous ground Dude – VERY dangerous! :-)

    (but i could sure give the ‘old’ one a good home) ;-)

    i’m just sayin’…

    (Be Gentle Tam!)
    (or at least don’t leave bruises that show in church!) ;-)

    <B



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