There is one really tough part of the job, even for star engineers.
Two or three times a year, Facebook engineers have to completely re-arrange their lives for two weeks while they serve something called “oncall duty.”
Basically, during that time, they are responsible for keeping the service up-and-running. Oncall duty lasts for two weeks and it rotates between Facebook’s engineering teams.
Over on Quora, a Facebook engineer named Keith Adams says it is “the worst thing about working at Facebook.”
Adams says during those two weeks, he can’t leave town, can’t have “one too many,” and that he has to keep a phone by his bed with the ringer on.
The worst part is “debugging under time pressure through a 3am haze.” He says it’s “stressful.”
via ‘The Worst Thing About Working At Facebook’ – Business Insider.
Shreateh, a Palestinian researcher, got attention last week when he “hacked” the Facebook page of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg after the company’s security team gave him the brush off for a security flaw he reported. The bug would have allowed anyone, including spammers and scammers, to post messages to another user’s account, even if the person is not on the user’s Friends list.
“That would be an extremely valuable bug,” says Maiffret. “There’s so many ways to leverage that in cybercrime attacks.”
As proof-of-concept, Shreateh posted an Enrique Iglesias video to a Facebook page that belonged to one of Zuckerberg’s college friends, then sent a note to Facebook’s security team. Facebook’s team initially told him the issue was not a bug, so Shreateh said he’d take the matter straight to Zuckerberg. He then proceeded to use the bug to post a message to Zuckerberg’s personal page.
“First, sorry for breaking your privacy and post(ing) to your wall,” the message read. “I (have) no other choice to make after all the reports I sent to (the) Facebook team.”
via Security Community Raises Money for Researcher Snubbed by Facebook Bounty Program | Threat Level | Wired.com.
“On the surface, Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic human need for social connection. Rather than enhancing well-being, however, these findings suggest that Facebook may undermine it,” said the researchers.
Internet psychologist Graham Jones of the British Psychological Society – who was not involved with the study – said: “It confirms what some other studies have found – there is a growing depth of research that suggests Facebook has negative consequences.”
But he added there was plenty of research showing Facebook had positive effects on its users.
via BBC News – Facebook use ‘makes people feel worse about themselves’.