美國人使用社群媒體的情況

在「Social Media Usage by Age」這邊看到的文章,把美國人使用社群媒體的情況做成圖,資料來源是 Pew Research Center 的「Social Media Fact Sheet」這裡。

很明顯的可以看到 Google (Alphabet) 基本上就是 YouTube 一個產品吃天下,而 Facebook (Meta) 有三個產品在滲透,包括 Facebook、InstagramWhatsapp

LinkedIn 在出社會後會開始用,另外 Pinterest 這麼多老人家在用到是很驚奇 XDDD

Twitter 的 Tor Onion 位置

Hacker News 上看到「Twitter is now available on Tor (help.twitter.com)」這篇,講 Twitter 官方的說明裡面有提到 Tor 的 Onion 服務:「About twitter.com supported browsers」。

會用到的網址分別是:

看起來這些開頭為 twitter 的 domain 是撞出來的... 不過還是討問題,如果已經可以用 Tor 的話,exit node 應該夠用?

印度威脅要逮捕 Facebook、WhatsApp 與 Twitter 的員工

The Wall Street Journal 上看到的,印度政府威脅 FacebookWhatsAppTwitter,如果不配合政府的要求提供資料並將內容下架,將會逮捕他們在印度的員工:「India Threatens Jail for Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Employees」。

這應該是透過上個月才剛過的法令:「Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Face New Rules in India」。

印度的市場太大,各家社群網站都想要進去,造就了政府的有足夠的能力跟這些大公司談判,而且是具有壓制性的力量。

在去年殺完 Tiktok 後,上個月擴權然後這個月反過來殺這些美國的企業。

美國政府不知道會幫到什麼程度...

Elon Musk 退訂美國總統的 Twitter 帳號

先前因為 cjin 的這則推,跑去追蹤了 @BigTechAlert 這個帳號:

@BigTechAlert 這個帳號會把名人以及大企業的 Twitter 帳號所追蹤與推追蹤的行為找出來,然後發表在 Twitter 上面。

平常 @BigTechAlert 所抓出來的追蹤與退追大家也都習以為常,你去看 @BigTechAlert 的帳號也可以發現沒什麼 retweet & like。

但前幾天這則退訂通知讓不少人 retweet & like,因為是 Elom Musk 退追了 @POTUS 帳號 (也就是 President of the United States):

退追的真實原因不知道,但看到純粹覺得很有趣...

Instagram 改善影片上架速度的方式

不是什麼魔法,其實是改產品面上的規格 (但是發表到 Instagram Engineering 上):「Video Upload Latency Improvements at Instagram」。

最原始的版本是所有的格式都轉完後才可以上架:

然後把規格改成最高畫質的版本轉完後就可以先上架:

The idea is, instead of blocking until all video versions are available, we can publish the video once the highest-quality video version is available.

然後是把影片切段上傳,所以傳一半就可以先處理一半,變成 pipeline 的概念,但增加程式的複雜度,以及被迫要調整影片品質的參數:

Segmented uploads reduce upload latency in many cases but come with a few tradeoffs. For instance, segmented uploads increase the complexity of the pipeline. There are some quality metrics that are only available per segment at transcode time, such as SSIM. These metrics are not helpful to us on a per segment basis. Therefore, we need to do a duration weighted average of the SSIM of all segments to come up with the SSIM of the whole video. Similarly, handling exceptions is more complex since there are more cases to handle.

另外有一種特例是上傳的影片本身就已經符合伺服器的規格,這樣的話可以直接放行 (不過這樣不會有 security concern 嗎...):

Another performance optimization we use to improve the upload latency and save CPU utilization is something we call a “passthrough” upload. In some cases, the media that is uploaded is already ready for playback on most devices.

都是想的出來而且會帶有 tradeoff 的方法,而不是完全正面的改善 :o

幫你的 iPhone 電話簿找到對應的頭像

前幾天看到的:「Announcing Vignette」,透過 social network 的資料,把本來電話簿裡面的 icon 更新:

透過 app store 的搜尋找不太到,我一開始用了「Vignette」搜不到,但用「Vignette Update」就可以。或者你可以透過他提供的連結直接開 app store:「Vignette – Update Contact Pics」。

這是一個 IAP 類的付費服務,搜尋是免費的,但如果要把資料更新回通訊錄,需要付 USD$4.99 (一次性),台灣帳號是付 TWD$170,應該是因為最近的稅務調整:

Vignette allows you to scan your contacts and see what it can find for free. If you wish to actually save these updates to your contact list, you must pay for a one-time in-app purchase. That purchase costs $4.99, is not a subscription, and is the only in-app purchase.

搜尋的範圍包括了 GravatarTwitterFacebookInstagram

Email is used for Gravatar
Twitter
Facebook
A custom network called Instagram

另外作者有提到這個 app 不傳資料到伺服器上,都是在自己的裝置上連到上面提到的 social network 尋找:

Privacy is paramount
All the processing is done on-device; this isn’t the sort of app where your contacts are uploaded en masse to some server, and out of your control.

所以速度不會太快,但對隱私比較好...

Facebook 員工爆料內部密碼存了明碼

Krebs on Security 這邊看到的:「Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years」,Facebook 官方的回應在「Keeping Passwords Secure」這邊。

幾個重點,第一個是範圍,目前已經有看到 2012 的資料都有在內:

The Facebook source said the investigation so far indicates between 200 million and 600 million Facebook users may have had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by more than 20,000 Facebook employees. The source said Facebook is still trying to determine how many passwords were exposed and for how long, but so far the inquiry has uncovered archives with plain text user passwords dating back to 2012.

另外的重點是這些資料已經被內部拿來大量搜尋 (喔喔):

My Facebook insider said access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plain text user passwords.

另外是 Legal 與 PR 都已經啟動處理了,對外新聞稿會美化數字,降低傷害:

“The longer we go into this analysis the more comfortable the legal people [at Facebook] are going with the lower bounds” of affected users, the source said. “Right now they’re working on an effort to reduce that number even more by only counting things we have currently in our data warehouse.”

另外也會淡化後續的程序:

Renfro said the company planned to alert affected Facebook users, but that no password resets would be required.

去年的另外一則新聞可以交叉看:「Facebook’s security chief is leaving, and no one’s going to replace him」:

Instead of building out a dedicated security team, Facebook has dissolved it and is instead embedding security engineers within its other divisions. “We are not naming a new CSO, since earlier this year we embedded our security engineers, analysts, investigators, and other specialists in our product and engineering teams to better address the emerging security threats we face,” a Facebook spokesman said in an email. Facebook will “continue to evaluate what kind of structure works best” to protect users’ security, he said.

看起來又要再換一次密碼了... (還好已經習慣用 Password Manager,所以每個站都有不同密碼?)

喔對,另外補充一個概念,當他們說「我們沒有證據有人存取了...」的時候,比較正確的表達應該是「我們沒有稽核這塊... 所以沒有證據」。

幹掉 Twitter 的推薦功能

Update:官方的「Show the best Tweets first」設定已經更新了,理論上你關掉後就不會出現這些 spam:

以下是原來的文章。


Twitter 預設是照時間排序,但是在這幾年就加入了「你可能會感興趣的 blah blah blah」之類的官方 spam,或是把 like 的插進來。

先前要幹掉這些功能頗麻煩的,我是看到就按不喜歡,然後大概就會有幾個禮拜不會出現,然後過一陣子後又冒出來...

最近有人找到方法可以一勞永逸的幹掉這些功能,找資料看起來是從這篇開始的,有人發現只要 mute 一些關鍵字就可以把這些功能從 timeline 上幹掉:

我找資料發現這些字其實是出現在 data attribute 上:

然後就有人開始翻開始整理了:

目前看起來效果頗不錯啊,這樣連手機上都可以擋掉這些 spam,頗不賴 :o