Wednesday quick picks

A peddler of “adorable baby onesies” brings us this playground pimp infant fashion piece. IHNTA.

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Google Maps’ “Street View” project continues – and they’ve found Wally.

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guidedog Skepticlawyer has a guest poster, DeusExMacintosh, who tells her story of her guide dog being banned from Facebook: “Being Behinderhund or, blogging while disabled”. Excerpt:

I’d ‘interpret’ Behinder’s sarcastic sighs and type up the comments for him. We finally topped out at 480 Friends, many of whom were just like me – disabled women who couldn’t always get out a lot, who depend on service dogs for their daily lives and computers for much of their social life. That’s the point of social networking, right?

Wrong. The point of social networking is to enable network providers to collect personal data they can then sell on to marketers you’ve never heard of and if asked outright, wouldn’t be that interested in hearing from. If you don’t give them accurate personal information, they can’t sell it. There is even “…a US decision that breaking the terms and conditions of a social network site can count as unauthorised access, turning what would seem to be at most a civil offence into a criminal act under computer misuse laws.”

Facebook upped and disabled our account.

I tried pointing out that the account information was accurate. Behinderhund’s educational background with Guide Dogs for the Blind and Dogs for the Disabled was complete, my real name was clearly listed as his employer (which I am) and was used openly in comments and messages. Because of the way we work together my personal identity is in effect a dual one, and the other partnerships who were our correspondents understood this as it was true for them also – but you try explaining that to Facebook. I felt like the lone voice in Life of Brian. “Yes! We’re all individuals!” I’m not.

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The final Facebook verdict before they stopped responding to my emails was that:

Facebook profiles are meant to represent a single individual. Groups, clubs, businesses and other types of organizations are not permitted to maintain an account. Dogs cannot maintain accounts. We apologize for the inconvenience, but you will no longer be able to use this account.


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  1. Facebook profiles are meant to represent a single individual. Groups, clubs, businesses and other types of organizations are not permitted to maintain an account.

    But why should FB be so bloodyminded about deleting the account when they could easily just port most of the data to a group profile instead, if they are going to get all rulebook about the “single individual” (tautology alert) stuff?
    How insensitive to the needs of disability affected members they are.

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