Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Facebook Lies about its Mind Experiment; Doesn’t Care about Your Concerns


I wrote the other day that Facebook conducted a massive psychology experiment on users, and you may have been a guinea pig. A lot of pixels have been spilled about this, and some of the information that has come out about the experiment is interesting. First, the people behind the experiment just don’t understand why […]

Facebook Conducts Massive Psychology Experiment on Users, and You May Have Been a Subject


A group of scientists from Facebook, the University of California, San Francisco, and Cornell University has conducted a study, Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks, on nearly 700,000 unwitting Facebook users. This study shows that: emotional states can be transferred to others via emotional contagion, leading people to experience the same emotions […]

Facebook Wants Way Too Much Information


I was interested to see that Facebook has released a WordPress plugin. This would allow me to easily share content from this blog to my Facebook page. I installed the plugin, and went to configure it, and, after creating an “app” on Facebook, saw the following: Seriously? My mobile phone number? MY CREDIT CARD? WTF? […]