Even though Facebook’s privacy settings change often, a study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more users are becoming better at keeping sensitive information off the social network. According to a study of more than 5,000 Facebook profiles, fewer users are making public information such as date of birth and political affiliation. However, confusion over Facebook’s privacy settings has led to an increase in posting of interests such as favorite movies, books, and music — as well as sharing to applications and advertisers.
Facebook is testing a host of new open graph actions for content involving subjects like books, movies, and television, including “rate,” “quote,” “wants to read,” and “wants to watch,” developer Tom Waddington pointed out to sister blog Inside Facebook.
Facebook continues to talk up its recently introduced graph search, yet only a fraction of its users — “hundreds of thousands” of its 1 billion-plus monthly active users — can access the feature, with countless others having been wait-listed since graph search debuted in beta last month.
On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will meet in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII — a topic already hugely popular on Facebook. The 49ers, led by quarterback Colin Kaepernick, are the most-talked-about team on the social network by far. However, the two fan bases have a few things in common on Facebook.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 blew away the competition for most popular movie in 2012 in terms of Facebook fan actions, while Conan O’Brien edged Chelsea Handler for the title of favorite late-night talk-show host on television, according to social software company Expion.
So you can quote Pulp Fiction line-by-line and list Brad Pitt and Sophia Loren among your biggest influences? Viewster has the Facebook game for you. The company launched an app recently — Qster — which pits movie lovers against each other to see who knows the most about the silver screen.
Facebook users are more likely to trust their friends when it comes to movie recommendations, and Deseret Digital Media saw an opportunity in this area, particularly when it came to families with children, resulting in the launch of online family media guide OK.com.
People use Facebook as a referral service all the time — for restaurants, services, and vacation destinations. The social network has also been a great way to learn about movies, as research from Crowdtap shows that three out of four Facebook users learn about new flicks from their friends.
“Mockumentary” film Wannabe will premiere Friday not in theaters, but on the movie’s Facebook page, as part of a beta test by online movie outfit FutureLeap and online payment technology company ChargePlay.