Socialcam – the new BULLY on the block

PLEASE read and share this, it will save you a lot of Embarrassment in the Future.

This is about SocialCam, a BULLY application for Facebook.

How it works.  You see a friend post a funny or stupid video.  In order to watch the video you give the APP access to your profile.  Suddenly posts are popping up on your wall letting everyone know you watched some dumb or embarrassing video.

Some very embarrassing posts have been seen on the walls of quite a few well known people, business owners, my friends and even politicians.  The ones I saw are people I know very well and know would not what their name attached to to the video they probably clicked on by mistake or just out of curiosity.  Often the thumbnails of the video look like something pervey or pornographic.

Obviously we share things all the time on our timelines.  My friends can see what I am listening to on Spotify, articles I have read, videos I watched, game achievements, etc.  The difference is, that these applications are respectful about our privacy, they walk you through settings and even reconfirm before you share.

Avoid applications like these.  Don’t support them.   They violate privacy and cause a great deal of aggravation and embarrassment.


“Socialcam apparently just got a big angel funding round as it battles Viddy and others to be the next meal for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Honestly, though, I can’t tell you from personal experience what Socialcam’s prospects are for exit stardom, because I refuse to use it. Why? It’s a bully. At least the Facebook version of the app is: In order to see videos on Facebook posted by friends using Socialcam, I have to agree to install the app. And here’s what that installation allows Socialcam to do:

“This app may post on your behalf, including videos you watched, videos you shared and more.”

“And more”? Seriously?

Given constant changes both apps and Facebook itself make in privacy and account settings, you’d think most people by now would be a little more cautious about installing stuff that gives a company carte blanche to scrawl all over your Facebook page. But apparently not.

Look, I know Socialcam isn’t alone in this kind of coercion. The Washington Post Social Reader app does the same thing, so does Rdio, so do hundreds of others for all I know. Which is why I don’t use those services either.”


How to change your settings so it will not autopost to your wall

How to remove Socialcam all together

To remove an app:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Account Settings
  2. From the menu in the left column, select App Settings
  3. Click the app you’d like to remove, then click the Remove app link

Once you confirm you’d like to remove the app, it will no longer have access to your data or be able to post to your timeline. The app will be removed from your profile (timeline), bookmarks and your Apps and Games home page. Past stories from the app may remain on your timeline.

The app may have retained data from when you used the app. Please contact the app directly to request deletion of any data it may still have.

1 reply
  1. JayBerkman
    JayBerkman says:

    exactly the topic that i’ve been trying to ‘decipher’ over past few days..most recently re Airtime..but also re: other apps that impose/advise “This app may post on your behalf, including videos you watched, videos you shared and more.”
    With my primary language being English, I understood the above disclaimer to mean that the app maker can make their own posts–displaying anything they might want–and attributing the comment to your identity..

    This ‘feature’ is obviously one of the most hotly-discussed “caveats-for-free service” imbedded in the too-many-to-count “really cool apps” that we can use for free, in exchange for the app maker being authorized to create and sell ads for products/services that infer the ‘free user’ is endorsing/recommending this product. This approach to monetizing data captured from social networks–yes, think “Facebook”—is under increasing attack not just from privacy advocates, but courtesy of a percolating bubble of Wall Street analysts reading too much Internet Age magazine. Silicon Valley VCs, Madison Ave MadMen, and all the big Private Equity shops are in alignment one at least one thing: the people who spend the money to have their brand in your face are questioning the actual effectiveness (conversion into actual sales or increase in some other metric that is quantifiable and included on a corporate balance sheet regarding a popular ‘affinity works’ advertising theory (i.e. you will be Xtimes more likely to click an ad if shows the name/photo of someone that you know, directly or otherwise. ).
    We’re all seeing growing push back from consumers, users, and most importantly advertisers and sponsors re the effectiveness of on-line ads. Poll a group of your FB friends and ask whether they click on ads. Ask them if they would be more likely to click on an ad that suggests you ‘like’ or otherwise endorse the product. Don’t forget to ask them whether they would be inclined to buy a Ford because you just did, or go to a restaurant that you recently went to, or if they’d switch to a discount on-line broker that you’ve moved your accounts to.
    Bottom line: ask if they’d use an app that enables the app provider to use you as a reference to endorse their product–and otherwise hi-jack the contact list of your connections.
    Not me!


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