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Calmly and in simple words, as I am blogically challenged, explain to me what the whole hoohaw is about.



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Sep. 1st, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Which hoohaw?
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm missing a hoohaw?
Sep. 1st, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
As I understand it:

LJ has set up a way to make it easy to republish things you post - as entries or as comments on other people's entries - to Facebook and Twitter, if you have accounts there and link them up.

The biggest concern I've seen raised is that you can republish comments you make, even if the entry you're commenting on is friendslocked. That is, if I make a locked post, and you make a comment on it, you can republish the comment and I can't stop you. On the one hand, they are your words. On the other hand, the comment may say things in it that could be problematic to the original poster. To continue the example, if I post something under lock ranting about work, and you comment "Gee, I'm sorry your boss is being a dick", then even if they can't read my locked post everyone who sees your republished comment will know that I've been bitching about my boss. Especially entertaining if you've quoted passages of my post to respond to in detail.

Although (if I understand correctly) comment republishing can't be set to be automatic (you can set your own posts to republish automatically), the ticky-boxen are right there under the comment box, and it's not difficult to see it happening by accident.

The other concern I've seen raised is possible breaches of anonymity. Most people have their real name linked to their Facebook account, and may have it apparent on their Twitter account. However, LJ requires no such linkage, so it's possible to be somewhat-to-completely anonymous over here (depending on what details of your life you post under what restrictions). Republishing could hypothetically "out" people (both in terms of having an LJ and in terms of what the handle is) who have not chosen to integrate their LJ and FB presences.

As it currently stands, there is no way for a journal owner to stop commenters in their journal from re-publishing their comments.

Sep. 1st, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
To add to the annoyance factor, it's not immediately apparent (to me, at least) whether I have successfully turned it off.

I think I've got it turned off. I hope.

On the bright side I'm pretty sure I'm not reposting comments... I can see the little boxes and they're not checked. So I guess that's good.

The thing is, my lj is mostly a fannish audience. I feel comfortable and at home being myself (well, dressed to go outside, but aside from that, myself) in front of fellow filkers and fans. However, several of my in-laws are on facebook. They're not fannish. In the slightest. They know I'm weird (I think) but I would rather not rub their noses in *how* weird.

They might, for example, see something wrong in my last post about Park 51. Now I will, if the issue comes up, defend that point of view with vigor and ferocity. However it might be better if that doesn't happen over Christmas Dinner.

Normally this is not a problem--I made a facebook account for something to do with one of the games Kip plays (which is how several inlaws found me), but never post anything there. But if LJ starts sharing my posts, or snippets of my posts that other people want to respond to, this could potentially cause trouble down the road.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
There are a couple of ways to stop this. Either don't have Facebook, or use a separate browser for Facebook so there's no way for LJ to know anything about your FB account, or run something like CsFire under Firefox so there's no cross-contamination of data between sites.

I *think* the latter two will work. I'm sure the former will work.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
The first works only if none of your friends have Facebook.

I know I won't be crossposting anything, since I haven't given LJ my Facebook info. It's other people that worry me. And not that they'd crosspost maliciously (they can do that anyway by hand), but that it's too easy to do it accidentally once you've set it up.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
Well, it works if you can't live without posting updates to your friends who don't have facebook. I have lots of friends who have facebook, but most of them are also on LJ, so I don't really bother with my FB account. I only have it there so people who think that the internet begins and ends with Facebook can get hold of me.
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