Do not track me - Warning for using web apps like MenuTab Pro for Facebook
Many of us are becoming more acutely aware of websites tracking us. Browsers are implementing features to help protect privacy, but many of these features are left up to the website and the honor system to implement.
Some applications that utilize web services on your desktop do not share the same protections as web browsers with the “do not track” option or plugins. The other day I noticed that MenuTab Pro for Facebook by FipLab connects me to every tracking site that Facebook uses, and potentially more if MenuTab is tracking me themselves. It’s a long list, including:
- nanigans.com, and
Wow… that’s a lot of tracking. If MenuTab really wanted to implement a value-add feature, they would block these sites from their app.
Progress on Semantic Web Dashboard
I am in the process of adding another source of data to my Semantic Web Dashboard. I want to chart my number of friends via Social Media over time. I started with Facebook - but Facebook doesn’t give me access to my historical friends count, only the current count today. So, I’m writing a app that will record the number of friends I have on a daily basis. I plan to expand it down the road to include number of postings and other things. This will mean that any chart I create will have limited data initially. I didn’t get to actually creating the chart yet, it took me long enough to figure out Facebook’s Graph API and to get that working properly (did I mention that I hate JSON?).
Here is the source to my PHP script that grabs my friend count:
$user_id = “7412441”;
$app_id = “REMOVED”;
$app_secret = “REMOVED”;
$my_url = “REMOVED”;
$app_token_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/oauth/access_token?”
. “client_id=” . $app_id
. “&client_secret=” . $app_secret
$response = file_get_contents($app_token_url);
$params = null;
$graph_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/app?access_token=”
//$app_details = json_decode(file_get_contents($graph_url), true);
//$query_url = “https://graph.facebook.com//fql?q=SELECT+friend_count+FROM+user+WHERE+uid=” . $user_id . “&access_token=” . $params[‘access_token’];
$query_url = “https://graph.facebook.com/$user_id?fields=friends&access_token=” . $params[‘access_token’];
$rawdata = file_get_contents($query_url);
$friends = json_decode($rawdata, true);
$friends_count = count($friends[‘friends’][‘data’]);
// Write to RDF, not complete yet.
$RDFData = “data.ttl”;
$fh = fopen($RDFData, ‘a’);
$stringData = “”;