If you haven’t realized by now that Facebook runs our lives, it’s probably because you live in some remote village in Africa that no one cares about. We are all familiar with the terms “Facebook stalking”, “friending someone”, unfriending someone”, and we have undoubtedly told new sexual partners “to find [us] on Facebook!”
Now that smartphones and their mobile apps are expected to outgrow home broadband use, It is being accessed even more via the mobile app. Thats not so much the shocker. What’s scary is the influence it has over your life and what is to be expected from Facebook Connect.
Your Favorite Apps Depend on Facebook
Interactive apps often require new users to login through Facebook using Facebook Connect. This bears the question, how can new apps become “the next Facebook” when they rely on Facebook technology? Using an internal API, popular apps like Foursquare, Venmo, and Words With Friends, verify users ID’s with Facebook Connect. Simply put, companies would not be able to garner any users, and ultimately revenue, without drawing your information from Facebook Connect.
It only gets worse from here.
It Can Ruin Your Credit Score
According to a recent report, originally published by CNN Money, some companies are beginning to use this platform as a credit source. What does this mean for you? If you accidently make a late payment, companies like Lenddo, will lower your credit score if they don’t approve of your friends list. Lending companies are now relying on your connections to decide if you are a good candidate for a loan. It may be time to delete that high school bully that dropped out and gained 200 Lbs.
Facebook and The NSA Are In a Relationship
After the recent Edward Snowden controversy, many Americans are worried just how much information is given out about them. But with this platform transcending across nations, who is to say other governments aren’t spying on you as well? In America, the NSA is tracking your social connections and ensuring that you are not swooning with any terrorists. Although this technology is used as a supposed safety measure, this also means that the government, know all your dark secrets. I’m sure you already knew this by now though.
It is Dominating… Google!
Google, the beloved search engine that has transformed to include successful apps, email, smartphone operating system, sleek glasses, and a successful social network. However, as Android and iOS continue to replace home broadband at faster rates, more people are accessing Facebook Mobile, beating Google at its own operating system. Whats the problem with that? Currently the mobile site is viewed 97.7 million times and its only expected to grow as 1 out of every 5 people in the world acquires a smartphone.
Take Away Points
Of course you and companies rely on Facebook, thats not shocking. What is shocking however is how integrated is in our lives. Not only is it able to recognize your face, but governments and funding agencies know every single detail about you. And what’s to come in the future? Who’s to say that it won’t replace the National Census? Wireless mobile activity is increasing and Facebook is taking the reins in both good and awfully scary ways.
Written with love by the writers at Fueled, London designers of polished mobile apps.