Your Face on Facebook

 Posted by at 7:24 am
Jun 142011

I’ve reported before: I’m not anti-Facebook, but I’m also not a huge fan, either.  Yes, I have a page. But I do not use that page to discuss my business or my clients. I’m also fairly sure the world isn’t all that interested in my daily activities, what I had for breakfast and any other personal drama. I don’t fault the developers of Facebook for making this possible. My larger “complaint” is with users who somewhat blindly accept the technology without understanding the ramifications of what they do and say. Here’s an article reprinted (with permission) from a weekly newsletter published by Oakley Signs and Graphics. If it doesn’t scare you it ought to make you nervous.

Privacy Alert: Facebook Photo Tagging

Opt-out of Facebook’s face-recognition software now.

Recently Facebook began using a face-recognition algorhythm to try and “find” you in photos your friends have taken and posted online. Once Facebook thinks it’s found you, it recommends your friend “tag” you in the photo. Being tagged in a photo associates your name with the photo (and even links to your Facebook page, once tagged).

This might not sound like a big deal… until a friend happens to upload a candid picture of you unwinding that you’d rather not have pasted all over the internet.

The good news? You can opt-out of this setting. For a video tutorial on how to turn this “feature” off, check out this original article by Whitson Gordon on

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Ironically today’s Bangor Daily News is carrying a story about a scam in Maine involving somebody who seems to have a fair amount of personal information about the people he’s calling… Gee, I wonder where he’s getting it?


Couple Forecloses on Bank!

 Posted by at 6:02 am
Jun 092011

No, the headline is not a mistake. Turnabout IS fair play. It seems that Bank of America (BAC) foreclosed on the wrong house in St. Petersburg Florida–a house which had been bought for cash and had no mortgage. The homeowners spent some 18 months trying to convince BAC of their error, racking up attorney’s fees and other costs in the process.

Ultimately, BAC admitted the error. But in yet another example of the sorts of fiascos surrounding the foreclosure business, they failed to pay the homeowners the court ordered costs. Ultimately, the homeowners went back to court and “foreclosed” on BAC’s branch office in Naples–a judge agreed to allow them to seize bank assets for the unpaid debt. They and their attorney showed up at the branch office with a moving van and a court order. Apparently the branch manager was “visibly shaken” by the order, but BAC found a way to pay up within hours.

If you are currently involved in a short sale or foreclosure, you’ll want to read the entire article. An important piece of this fiasco is that the homeowners bought the home as a foreclosure. There is some speculation that their names got “transposed” during paperwork. This is not the first time things like this have happened. It’s a wonderful story of man biting dog, but it’s also fair warning to anyone involved in foreclosures or short sales.

Read USA Today’s version of the story.