The change has happened, whether you approved of it or not, your old Facebook wall is now known as the Timeline and a wide variety of apps are available for you to use on your favorite social media site. But have you ever taken the time to stop and think about how these apps work and what information they share with your friends? Here are a few things to keep in mind the next time you install a new Facebook app.
What is frictionless sharing?
Frictionless sharing is a term that was introduced with the new Facebook timeline profile during the F8 conference in 2011. In the golden age of Facebook, you had to work to share your activities. If you read an article you enjoyed, you had to either click the “share” button at the end of the web page or, copy and paste the link on your wall in order to share it with your friends. Nowadays, all of that is done for you, depending on the application you use. If you gave your permission for a certain application once, Facebook will not ask for this permission again, meaning that everything you do or read with this application will be transferred to your profile without you ever hitting a “share” button.
There are things you can do to protect yourself from frictionless sharing. Next time you are asked by an application to perform a certain action before you are granted access to an article, consider the following: