Is Anonymous going to takedown Facebook on Nov 5th?

Anonymous is Friendly?
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Today I read a few articles that Anonymous may be working on taking down Facebook on Guy Fawlks day! I got excited! Especially since I have been trying to transition myself to Google+…

Really, can you imagine Facebook getting destroyed on November 5th? It would be the biggest online news in history. Soooo many people use Facebook and pretty much their entire social life is on there. It would sure make more of my friends and family move to Google+ all at once!

It would suck for a few days, but I’m sure Facebook has some pretty good backups of all our data, seeing that they apparently share it with the US government. lol.

Here is the letter some Anonymous members posted today…

DATE: November 5, 2011.

Twitter :
Irc.Anonops.Li #OpFaceBook

Attention citizens of the world,

We wish to get your attention, hoping you heed the warnings as follows:
Your medium of communication you all so dearly adore will be destroyed. If you are a willing hacktivist or a guy who just wants to protect the freedom of information then join the cause and kill facebook for the sake of your own privacy.

Facebook has been selling information to government agencies and giving clandestine access to information security firms so that they can spy on people from all around the world. Some of these so-called whitehat infosec firms are working for authoritarian governments, such as those of Egypt and Syria.

Everything you do on Facebook stays on Facebook regardless of your “privacy” settings, and deleting your account is impossible, even if you “delete” your account, all your personal info stays on Facebook and can be recovered at any time. Changing the privacy settings to make your Facebook account more “private” is also a delusion. Facebook knows more about you than your family.

You cannot hide from the reality in which you, the people of the internet, live in. Facebook is the opposite of the Antisec cause. You are not safe from them nor from any government. One day you will look back on this and realise what we have done here is right, you will thank the rulers of the internet, we are not harming you but saving you.

The riots are underway. It is not a battle over the future of privacy and publicity. It is a battle for choice and informed consent. It’s unfolding because people are being raped, tickled, molested, and confused into doing things where they don’t understand the consequences. Facebook keeps saying that it gives users choices, but that is completely false. It gives users the illusion of and hides the details away from them “for their own good” while they then make millions off of you. When a service is “free,” it really means they’re making money off of you and your information.

Think for a while and prepare for a day that will go down in history. November 5 2011, #opfacebook . Engaged.

This is our world now. We exist without nationality, without religious bias. We have the right to not be surveilled, not be stalked, and not be used for profit. We have the right to not live as slaves.

We are anonymous
We are legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

There is a debate going on whether it is a unanimous decision by Anonymous. It looks like there is a splitter group within the group that wishes to attack Facebook but not everyone is on side.
I’d be interested to see Facebook’s reply to the threat. I’m guessing the reply will come tomorrow…


How To Migrate Your Facebook Account And Data To Google+

Today has been very busy with tips and tricks on how to transition your online social life from Facebook to Google+. The one post that got my attention was the one over at Lifehacker about how to migrate your Facebook data over there. Everyone is on there now, so hurry up and sign up already! If our Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and Paris Hilton can sign up, so can you…

I moved my entire photo library over in about 10 minutes, and added all of my contacts via the Yahoo ‘hack’ in only a few. I love how the online community shares and works together to solve problems faster than the companies they support! If only someone could figure out a hack to have all the Google Apps profiles on Google+!

For those of you that have yet to commit to Google+, here is a good article on how to get your Facebook stuff over in the fewest moves possible, and even on how to post all your updates in Google+ and have them automatically show up in Facebook! Cool stuff.

You may not be ready to ditch Facebook for good, but now that you’ve had a chance to kick the tyres on Google+, you might be ready to make it your go-to social network. The problem: You’ve built up a lot of friends, photos, videos and other data on Facebook over the years, and you don’t want to simply lose all that data. Here’s how to migrate it all from Facebook to Google+.Photo remixed from an original by Shutterstock.
When Google+ came out, it’s success was very much up in the air (remember Google Buzz?). However, it seems a lot of people have already thrown themselves into Google+ full force — Facebook may have 750 million users, but Google+ has already crossed the 20 million user milestone in only 30 days. If you’re ready to give it a shot as your main network, here’s what you need to do.

via How To Migrate Your Facebook Account And Data To Google+ | Lifehacker Australia.

My Top 5 things Google+ need to fix

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I was lucky enough to get an invite to Google+ a couple of weeks ago!

After getting over the disappointment that my Google Apps account was not yet eligible for a profile, I used an old Gmail account to get started.

I did a mini-review of what Google+ is and the things I like about it to encourage my friends and family to join. I didn’t have too much luck…

Facebook is a the big kid on the block and right now there are aspects of Google+ that are simply lacking.

Here is my Top 5 list of suggestions that I think need to be implemented for people to dump Facebook and switch, or to just make me happy…

  1. There has got to be a business presence on there for people to find and share content! As it is right now, all the websites that made non-personal Google+ accounts have been asked to shut them down until further notice. One of the things I like about Facebook is that all the pages that I have ‘liked’ show up in my News feed. I want the same functionality in my Google+ account. Right now, with such a slow adoption by my friends and family, there is very little going on for me on there.
  2. They have to fix Sparks! I was hoping that Sparks was going to be a move by Google to implement their Google Reader into Google+. If you click Sparks, it suggests a bunch(well, only 8 things actually) of topics you may be interested in. I added some keywords to get some content but right now Sparks is useless. I’ll head to Twitter and search or use my Google Reader to keep up to date.
  3. Why did Google not release G+ to Google Apps users? This always makes me boil! The one group that actually pays for email etc…is the last to get the popular apps. Buzz never came to Google Apps! Months and months later. I suspect the same will apply to Google+. I’m not going to like to have to switch over a year from now to my Google Apps profile.
  4. I think I will have a hard time managing two social networks. I love that whatever I post on Twitter, I can have auto-forward to Facebook. I want the same to occur if I post in Google+. At the moment, forwarding posts via the facebook email address, it allows for a 50 character limit! You think you have a hard time getting a point across in Twitter? haha. I want my G+ posts to populate to Facebook, and the same goes for the other way around. Eventually people will see that Google+ is a far superior social network and switch. Won’t they?
  5. I like Facebook’s pages. I have my blog on there, and drive a bit of traffic from it, as well as get a free web presence on there. Google+ has nothing for me. I have to post my blog through my personal profile. I do seem to get a little bit of referrals from it, but nowhere near Facebook. I want the ability to promote my blog on Google+ and share my wisdom with all the Plusers!

There you have it! The 5 things I want changed in Google+.

Are you on Google+? If so, follow me on there. Search for Jamie Pakos.

What features do you wish to see Google add to their new social network?


How to move ALL your Facebook Photos to Google+

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I just found this excellent Google Chrome extension that moves all your Facebook albums to Google+ into your Picasa Albums in one step. It worked like a charm for me, so I wanted to share it with you.

If there is one thing that scares people about moving social media sites, is that there is no content on there to start! Well, with this extension I just moved over 600 photos in under 5 minutes! Awesome…

Here is the link.

Now Post Comments on Using Twitter and Facebook!

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One of the best things a blogger can hope for is feedback and discussion on his/her posts. Over the last year my site has taken off with people willing to comment on my ramblings. I’ve really appreciated it. It makes blogging so much more enjoyable when I know people read what I have to say, and whether they agree or disagree. Continue reading “Now Post Comments on Using Twitter and Facebook!”

How people got ‘even’ back in the day.

I saw this image the other day and thought about how much life has changed. Today, if someone pisses you off, embarrasses you, you flame it all over a forum online, post a tweet, or rage in your Facebook profile. You might text your friends about how much of an ass the person was. But, would you break out the typewriter and post a placard out in public?

Apparently there were times when you were expected to apologize? How things have changed…

How they did it back in 1839 via

Can we possibly keep up with the Speed of Modern Technology?

Compact Disc player carousel for three CDs.
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What will be the next big thing? The Facebook killer? The iPhone killer? The MySpace killer? Oh, wait MySpace is dead…

I read articles all the time about the death of some site, technology, OS, or gadget. It seems just like yesterday that the iPod came out. Some of the technology that has died I’ve never even heard of!

I went to a concert the other night, and the musician gave me his CD. It was really nice of him. I felt like I was getting a present. But, when I got home, I was like, ‘what am I going to do with it?’. Continue reading “Can we possibly keep up with the Speed of Modern Technology?”