Why You Should Steer Clear Of Socialcam On Facebook

Socialcam is a feed of user-generated videos.  Just by clicking on a Socialcam link in Facebook and accepting their app, every Socialcam video you watch from then on is shared to your Facebook friends automatically. The content is questionable, the titles of the videos are often salacious, and the images it posts in your timeline can be downright embarrassing.

Many of the videos are what the industry refers to as click-bait or link-bait: outrageously titled pieces that don’t exactly deliver what the titles imply.  To capture users’ interest, the videos are titled in a seriously provocative manner, like: “Officer vs. Gangsta Thug in Brawl,”  “How to Steal 23 MacBook Pros, 14 iPhones, and 9 iPods In 31 Seconds,” and “Toyota Supra Drifting Unbuttons A Girl’s Shirt.”

So please, turn off social for Socialcam or choose what you share. Here’s how:

Go to Facebook and on the left hand column under apps double-click Socialcam. Once in the Socialcam app itself, in the upper right hand corner, choose Settings. Then in Settings, scroll down to “Auto Sharing” and unclick both the Facebook options. Scroll down again and hit SAVE.

One thing that troubled me about this app was that when I turned off public sharing in Socialcam on my computer but then watched a video on my mobile device, the settings reverted to make all my activity public. My workaround: go the app section of Facebook , choose settings for Socialcam and where is asks “who can see this activity” choose “Only Me”

I say watch whatever you want, but choose how you share that information — and pick apps that empower you to take control of your privacy, not those that are playing fast and loose with your reputation.

Are you a Socialcam user? Tell us what you think of this app!

Source: Yahoo News

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Tomatoes Recalled After Possible Salmonella Contamination

05 May 2011 Last updated at 11:25 GMT

A tomato grower from Florida voluntarily recalled its grape tomato shipments after a sample of the tomatoes tested positive for salmonella. Six L’s Packing Company Inc. stated that there were no infections or illnesses reported that was connected to their April 29 recalling. The company, which is based in Immokalee, Florida, also said that the recall was just a precaution and that their previous products had not been affected.

The company released a statement saying that the recalled product was packed on April 11 under the Cherry Berry lot code DW-H in clam shells or 20-pound cardboard containers. The tomatoes were distributed to California, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia, as well as Canada. With such a wide array of recipients all across North America, the company is careful to be cautious.

According to Six L’s, the contamination was discovered by a U.S. Department of Agriculture inspector at a New York distributor. The tomatoes were said to originate from a farm in Estero, Florida. The tomatoes in New York were also used in deli salads made by Taylor Farms Pacific Inc. According to the company, it had also started recalling products.

The deli salads were sold in plastic trays in deli counters located in Albertsons, Raley’s Safeway, Save-mart, Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart stores. The states that have these deli salads include Arizona, Oregon, California, Montana, Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Washington and New Mexico. Customers that have purchased the salads were asked to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Grape tomatoes are smaller than usual and have similar size and sweetness to cherry tomatoes. These tomatoes have been popular in recent years because of their bite-sized shape and higher sugar content than regular tomatoes. The Six L’s company is the largest tomato grower in Florida and among the largest tomato and vegetable suppliers in the country. The company packs an average annual of over 15 million boxes of tomatoes.

Salmonella is among the most dangerous bacteria that can be found in foods and can sometimes cause deadly infections in small children, elderly people, and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and severe abdominal pain. If caught early, it can be treated with antibiotic and oral hydration. So far, there have been no reported cases of salmonella infection from the Six L’s tomatoes.