Do you think Facebook is going to nosedive?

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There seems to be a lot of news on the net about Facebooks lack of concern for users privacy lately. Do you think that it will affect them negative or positive. I mean by positive that any publicity is sometimes good publicity.
a lot of this (from what I understand) has to do with third party apps That have a different EULA

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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    I don't think that it's good or bad publicity per se. If users enjoy the experience of being on facebook they'll generally ignore the privacy issue. They been pushing this story pretty hard for a few weeks now and I haven't read about a drop-off in users, at least not yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Diamond
    Hello,
    I think facebook has to explain the privacy settings in a better way to the newbie user.They are also testing the waters on what they can get away with as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      Yea I haven,t seen any stats lately that indicate they are losing membership.
      I read this this morning.http://mikeyounglaw.com/wp/2010/05/07/how-to-delete-your-facebook-account/"

      Like I said I kind of see them blaming third party EULA's and people for not reading all of them.
      I still remember when it was mostly a college site. I read something this morning about a collegian who was saying what a different "critter" it has become.
      Privacy and otherwise
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    Only if stupid marketers like ******** keep making Facebook accounts and them spam their friends walls all day long with tiny url money making promotions.

    Its really annoying that some IM people don't take the time to understand the concept behind social media.
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    • Profile picture of the author Regional Warrior
      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      Only if stupid marketers like ******** keep making Facebook accounts and them spam their friends walls all day long with tiny url money making promotions.

      Its really annoying that some IM people don't take the time to understand the concept behind social media.
      Russ I have to agree there,I joined a fan page the other day and some loose nut has taken to putting a link on every post and I bet he/she has read some ebook saying this is how you get traffic etc

      Funny part is that the product has nothing to do with what the fan page is about

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  • Profile picture of the author Domainoutlaw
    I think that facebook will go the way of myspace and twitter or something else will take over. Then twitter will do the same and you will get something else. Imo nothing remains still on the internet. However that being said currently there is more Farmvill users then twitter accounts. So they are still going strong.
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  • Profile picture of the author OfferJunkie
    From what I've seen and read. I don't think a nosedive will be happening anytime soon for Facebook. It's being compared to Google and too many people enjoy using it to worry about the privacy settings. I do agree that for newbies, this should be highlighted more.
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  • Profile picture of the author smplylvn
    Sometimes I wish it would for the simple fact I am sick and tired of getting Farmville updates from my friends. That freakin game is a ridiculous waste of time and I really do not care if they found the golden cow or bronze chicken.

    Sorry, just had to vent for a second.

    All better now!
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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Normal users care about privacy settings? Even better question, normal users know what privacy settings are?
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    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      Originally Posted by butters View Post

      Normal users care about privacy settings? Even better question, normal users know what privacy settings are?

      LOL

      That's kind of one of my points. People are not reading the third party fine print. Facebook in my estimation going to turn around and say. Wasn't our fault. They have changed quite a bit since the early day's. It is getting to be (the (major marketers) wet dream though). A lot of these games and send flowers, beer, pony... whatever, have their own set of rules

      I know people, as I am sure many of you do have phone #numbers, addresses, all kind of personal info on there. I think they are off their nut.

      But too each their own.

      Personally I think they are so big, that the negative press will make a dent,
      maybe even a few minor changes, but they are not going anywhere for awhile. If anyone has any links to news bytes on this story, please post them here.
      This IMHO is a much bigger story about privacy and laws on the net

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      • Profile picture of the author butters
        Meh, I don't care about facebook privacy, some random dude wants my phone number that bad, they can have it . It isn't like any of my passwords or secret questions can be gotten via my personal information anyway.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
          Originally Posted by smplylvn View Post

          Sometimes I wish it would for the simple fact I am sick and tired of getting Farmville updates from my friends. That freakin game is a ridiculous waste of time and I really do not care if they found the golden cow or bronze chicken.

          Sorry, just had to vent for a second.

          All better now!
          LOL, but seriously, have you really thought about it?

          Maybe you should care. These things are great conversation pieces, and believe it or not there is a lot to be learned about life and marketing around Farmville, and what Zynga does as well to captivate such a wide mass of people.

          On the topic of Facebook, hmm. No, I don't think it will nosedive.

          I think some people might tighten up a bit. There is a way to separate who is who and who sees what. It's something I'll be working on the next few weeks myself as I think I have over 800 people I think to sift through.
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  • Profile picture of the author JDSalinger
    The same concerns have been sad about Google, credit card companies, stop light cameras, etc. There will be some news articles about it and all will agree it is bad. Then, no one will do anything about it and the companies will keep on doing what they are doing because it benefits them to do so.

    In America, we talk a good game about privacy rights, but we don't really fight for it. We always think it is somebody else's problem and leave it to the Gov't. Yeah, that gov't, so don't worry, Facebook will be fine. In fact, you can expect even more encroachments on people's privacy. As an IMer, you are better served thinking about ways how you can take advantage of these encroachments.
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  • Profile picture of the author nando1125
    No way, I see Facebook becoming bigger than what it already is in the next few years
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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    I don't know how many people clicked through that link ( that I messed up, because I am home with a head cold today.( Already put the phone in the fridge)
    Anyway, I agree with him. And butters it goes beyond a phone number.

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    How to Delete Your Facebook Account and Why

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    This isn't hypothetical. Until today, I had a Facebook account. No more.
    At one time, there were over 3,300 Facebook friends. Given the overwhelming number of invitations and notices for nuisance applications involving mafia wars, farming, zoos, etc., in December, I got rid of over 90% of these friends who were cluttering my life with unwanted anecdotes and app notices.
    The final straw is Facebook's absolute disregard for your personal privacy. Although Facebook has repeatedly changed its privacy policy, it is still unclear who gets what information about you as a Facebook account holder. Frankly, I'm not sure if Facebook actually honors its policy now or in the past.
    In particular, Facebook has taken a very "everything's public" stance on your account content, including your photos, sexual orientation, relationship status, posts regarding your business and personal life. Even when you block applications from seeing your personal data, it is unclear and unlikely that apps harvesting data from Facebook friends who use them will respect your privacy.
    And if you don't trust Facebook to safeguard your personal information, why use it?
    For example, let's say that a Russian hacker develops a cute little app one of your friends installs that involves saving baby seals, curing cancer, protecting the children, etc. On its face, the app sounds like it is doing something noble. But what if that hacker's app is harvesting your Facebook data simply because your FB friend installed it? Even though you have nothing to do with the app and may not know of its existence?
    Would the stuff you post (and friends post about you) on Facebook be enough information for someone to steal your identity, get new credit cards, hack your Facebook account or e-mail? Did you know that the top keyword searches online for "facebook account" also involve the word "hack." Yes, that's right. The number one goal of those searching online for information about Facebook accounts want to know how to hack those accounts. Does that make you feel safe?
    It doesn't even have to be a malware app that does it. For instance, a Facebook software glitch recently allowed users to read other people's FB chat conversations without their knowledge or permission.
    What about data mining for legitimate profit? Is Facebook or any of its app developers creating profiles from the data it collects about you, cross-referencing it with other data available elsewhere, and targeting you both offline and online for marketing based upon your information? Let's face it. Facebook has very few alternatives for making money except by using/misusing your personal information by selling it to others. The same goes for free Facebook applications.
    Facebook's flippant attitude toward your personal privacy is just one reason that Congress and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are taking a hard look at cracking down on Internet privacy abuses. And the company asked for it by mistreating you as a "friend." " Unquote.




    Just a thought


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  • Profile picture of the author MichaelHiles
    Privacy starts with what you personally decide to publish on the internet.

    It's always been that way, nothing has changed.

    I don't get why people assumed the contrary.
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  • Profile picture of the author JayXtreme
    Yup....

    Facebook can only "share", what you give them... so if you don't want them to see it, don't show it!

    Jay
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