Bob clicked on a hidden Facebook feature and discovered an old pal from Philadelphia. Turns out there’s a Facebook button called “Other.” It’s faint and hard to see, but that just makes it more mysterious. It’s there you may find mail from people who aren’t on your friends list, also ads for things you never wanted.
To whom it may concern: We are told by younger folks that nobody makes phone calls these days, they text each other. In case you do make calls once in a while, “Hello: Caller ID and Blocking” is a free Android app that makes it easier to place calls using a free Wi-Fi connection. It also blocks unwanted calls.
Google is working on a way to let you read a bill in your email and pay it right there without leaving your inbox. Facebook is rolling out something similar, letting you transfer money to friends and family right there in the Facebook Messenger app (Android) (iPhone) which split off from Facebook last Spring. You can also send money to anyone through the “Google Wallet” app. None of this can be good news for Western Union.
A widowed friend of ours is still keeping her husband’s Facebook account open, several months after he passed away. She has no plans to close it. Many experts suggest “memorializing” such an account to make it impossible to send messages there, but she sees no reason to do this either. We agree. Survivors probably want to hear from anyone who hasn’t yet learned of the death of their friend so it’s best to keep channels open.
According to a Reason-Rupe poll of more than 1,000 adults, 61 percent said they don’t trust Facebook “at all,” 48 percent said they don’t trust Google “at all;” and 41 percent don’t trust their cell phone provider “at all,” no matter who it is. Forty-five percent also said they don’t trust the IRS (which is perfectly understandable). Interestingly, the IRS and other government agencies rated higher in trust than most web services. More info at Reason.com/poll.