Deleted my Facebook account last night, you should too!

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I read this on Y! News & it has a point.. Several of them to be exact.

Shunning Facebook, and Living to Tell About It - Yahoo! Finance

So yea.. I deleted my FB account after reading all of it.. Feels kinda good! I originally planned on waiting until Friday so everyone could give me their phone number/email & all that.. but then as I read some of the status updates of people, I decided to hell with that. No point in waiting.

Anyone plan on removing themselves from Facebook?
  • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
    I don't see a reason to delete mine, but I can tell you that, in my opinion, all the "issues" brought up in the article are more or less a lack of understanding of how to use FB.

    I don't read stuff from my "fifth cousin" because I CHOOSE those who get to post on my wall. If there are those who post that I don't want on my wall anymore, I remove them from posting.

    And my personal information is viewable by those I allow.

    Essentially, for me, FB is simply another avenue of communication. If people "stop calling me because of FB", I consider that THIER decision, not FB's. Comes down to personal choice, responsibility and of course, knowing HOW to use FB properly (in terms of privacy, etc.).
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Right, but I spend more than enough time on my computer as it is (I'm sure we all do.. lol this IS an IM forum after all)

    And I admit, I found myself on Facebook way too often. I'd get sidetracked, somehow end up on FB and then I dont remember what I was originally doing until like an hour later.. LOL its just a waste of time..

    If I want to talk to someone, I'd rather do it on the phone or in person. And I guess it took me reading that article to realize it.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      Right, but I spend more than enough time on my computer as it is (I'm sure we all do.. lol this IS an IM forum after all)

      And I admit, I found myself on Facebook way too often. I'd get sidetracked, somehow end up on FB and then I dont remember what I was originally doing until like an hour later.. LOL its just a waste of time..

      If I want to talk to someone, I'd rather do it on the phone or in person. And I guess it took me reading that article to realize it.
      Ah, now that's a whole 'nother kettle of fish

      In the beginning of my time on FB I spent a LOT of time playing those damn games. Mafia Wars 2 - Vendetta, Social City, Farmville, etc. I just realized how much time I was wasting - and on all those games I advanced to the point where you'd need money to continue. So, I deleted all the games instead of my account.

      I counter the amount of time on the computer with running - which I "discovered" this past May - and some charity things in my niece's name (passed away in 2008 from colon cancer).

      If deleting your account is the only way to go, then I applaud you. More people should do the same thing
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    Erika Gable, 29, who lives in Brooklyn and does public relations for restaurants, never understood the appeal of Facebook in the first place.
    I would never hire a public relations consultant who doesn't understand the appeal of Facebook.

    I have a personal account which I haven't updated in over a year. I moved last year from Minnesota to California and my family and friends on Facebook are in an uproar that I haven't updated my Facebook account with stories of the move, pictures of our new house, etc.

    So I feel the pressure but haven't caved in. But I'm not going to delete just yet.

    I just don't like it. Way too personal stuff in the hands of a former hacker like Zuckerberg.

    That's personal. But for business that's another thing. I think if you're in a face forward business like a restaurant, you should have a Facebook page.
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    • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
      From what I understand Facebook keeps all your data, whether your a registered user or not.
      Even if you delete all your info before you delete your account I wouldn't trust them.
      So when I decide to ditch Facebook (personal side....still good for business)
      I'm just going to change all my info to complete bull****..more than it is now...lol, and leave it for a month so it gets integrated to their data base for sure...

      HA...take that and sell it, Zuckerberg.
      In February 2009, Facebook changed its Terms of Service, giving itself the right to use or modify user data in any way it wants, even if a user quits the service.

      Facebook keeps deleted data







      Originally Posted by Sumit Menon View Post

      Is there such a thing as a fifth cousin?
      There is a theory, that I kind of buy into, that we are all cousins...32nd, 36th, 50th...I don't know the math. If we all come from two common ancestors...then this would be true. Google it..

      That means WE are cousins Sumit....
      what's for dinner...lol?
      What are getting me for Xmas?
      Can you lemme a fiver..?

      Rofl...
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  • Profile picture of the author adebayjim
    I'd love to delete my Facebook account, because I waste so much time on there on a personal level. Just by being nosy and stalkerish costs me hours each week in which I should be cartooning.

    On the other hand, my Facebook page helps me earn money. So it stays.

    I hate Facebook, but only because of how annoyingly addictive it is!
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    No way! I love facebook and find that I can stay in contact with more people with less time and energy than ever before.

    Plus, I make a few sales every time I promote something (which isn't often).

    Why would I want to get rid of the easiest, fastest and most convenient way of communicating to thousands of people???
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Some good points in here, and I agree with them.

    But FB just doesnt entertain me anymore.. I find it more annoying than useful.

    Maybe I'll decide reactivate it one day, but for now it doesn't look that way.
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    I am glad I 'deleted' my FaceHook account months ago. I got completely freaked out about the article on 'facial recognition' software.

    The guy above that says people just don't know how to use FaceHook. You are wrong.

    All privacy should be enabled and then you should be able to pick and choose what you want revealed - which you can -

    My point is that the default is expose everything about you until you figure out how to stop it. This is an invasion of privacy.

    They have you hooked all over the place and you don't even realize it. When I was in it, I went to a completely odd one-off site that had nothing to do with FB - there I see a little box to share my conversation on FB (with my FB details and picture).

    HTF do they know where I am and what I am doing? That was the last straw for me.

    I hate that program - everything about it. For business that is one thing and I am sure it will continue to develop in a positive way - but for personal it is just too dangerous.

    Don't be in denial and think you are safe anyplace. All any identity thief needs is one piece of data about you and they can use that to get the entire picture.

    People on facehook are living on sunnybrook farm (somewhere UNREAL) - giving out your kid's pictures and birthdays - that is just plain stupid.

    Why? Oh, Stalkers, Kidnappers, Identity Thieves* - even Murderers - that's all. But what the hell it won't touch you so just blast out all your information to all the good people in the universe.

    ... and for what????
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      I am glad I 'deleted' my FaceHook account months ago. I got completely freaked out about the article on 'facial recognition' software.

      The guy above that says people just don't know how to use FaceHook. You are wrong.

      All privacy should be enabled and then you should be able to pick and choose what you want revealed - which you can -

      My point is that the default is expose everything about you until you figure out how to stop it. This is an invasion of privacy.

      They have you hooked all over the place and you don't even realize it. When I was in it, I went to a completely odd one-off site that had nothing to do with FB - there I see a little box to share my conversation on FB (with my FB details and picture).

      HTF do they know where I am and what I am doing? That was the last straw for me.

      I hate that program - everything about it. For business that is one thing and I am sure it will continue to develop in a positive way - but for personal it is just too dangerous.

      Don't be in denial and think you are safe anyplace. All any identity thief needs is one piece of data about you and they can use that to get the entire picture.

      People on facehook are living on sunnybrook farm (somewhere UNREAL) - giving out your kid's pictures and birthdays - that is just plain stupid.

      Why? Oh, Stalkers, Kidnappers, Identity Thieves* - even Murderers - that's all. But what the hell it won't touch you so just blast out all your information to all the good people in the universe.

      ... and for what????
      You make some valid points. But still, most people don't understand the defaults and how to change them. I agree they should be defaulted to protect you, but it's not.

      So, you delete your account, or you learn how to use it.

      Frankly, I protect myself and my family to the best of my ability. But I also understand that no matter WHAT I do, things may and probably will still happen. In the meantime, I choose not to let the paranoia eat away at my thoughts. If it isn't Facebook, it would be something else. Think about it - we do a lot of things every day - some necessary some not - that could in some way hurt you no matter how well you protect yourself. Yet we still do them.

      Facebook is but one small part of my life.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    This is the way Facebook ends.

    Not with a bang, but with a friend request from your own mother.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
      Originally Posted by JustVisiting View Post

      This is the way Facebook ends.

      Not with a bang, but with a friend request from your own mother.
      Very true! I almost fell out of my chair when my 78 year old mother from Costa Rica sent me a Facebook friend request.

      She still calls on the phone a lot though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    Exactly Patrician. Its ok for marketing, but even that is just boring to me. Any one of you can check my threads created history, and you will see a previous rant about Facebook.

    I just finally got sick of it and decided to stop talking about how much I dont like them, and actually stop using it instead.

    I've been using the privacy settings the entire time. I know how to work a website. But I still dont like it anymore. Its just stupid in my opinion..

    Yeah, it was cool for awhile. And its convenient to keep in touch with friends and family when they live a few states away.. BUT so is a telephone.

    Also, to be honest I never exactly ran with a great "crowd" when I was younger.. In & out of court every other day, countless arrests, I was just an immature punk.. ya know? It just wasnt a good thing. And I've grown the hell up since then. But in a lot of ways, I kind of feel like FB just tries to bring that drama back in to my life. And I'm not with that.

    I'm a grown man now. I dont care what I've done when I was younger.. I know I was a prick before, and I feel bad for a lot of it. But I've matured and actually tried to do something with my life.. Unfortunately I can't say the same for a lot of the people I grew up with..

    Sure, clear the friends list. But it still wont fix the problem. I say to hell with it, I'm done.. Just because you knew someone 15 years ago doesnt mean you know them today. Cant change what you did or who you talked to yesterday, but you can make sure today and tomorrow is better.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    This makes interesting reading for folks with Facebook accounts and those with fanpages:

    HOW FACEBOOK TRICKS COMPANIES TO WEAKEN THEIR DOMAIN BRANDS | Successclick, Domain Monetization

    And some quotes from that blog post and responses that made me think:

    "You may not know it because they don't broadcast it back to you, but every link of a FB advertiser you clicked opened up your "private" Facebook account to that company. They download all your pics, comments, and personal information into their own database. FB hasn't really "sold" this info to them. FB sold the "trick" on their users who innocently click on the advertising link connected to the company Facebook page."

    "FB is Big Brother as a teenager. He is really going to be a problem when he grows up."

    "I see companies spending all this money on a 30 second spot and instead of the call to action being to visit their website, it's to check them out on facebook, making it more popular and giving it more power."

    This final quote sums it up for me:
    "If the service is free *you* are the product."

    I wish I'd thought of that one!
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    True Mike - everything in life is some kind of a risk. But they must be educated and measured risks wherever possible. Like Face Hook.

    Don't write this off to 'paranoia' or 'tin foil hats' and file it in the Denial drawer.

    Invasion of Privacy is a multi-billion dollar industry-wide REALITY.

    Don't be in denial. There is no reason to expose people to this danger.

    Again - it can be a very cool tool - nice to have etc - like I love voIP web conference rooms and skype - for keeping in touch with the ones you have to reach out to.

    If you have the instructions and the SENSE to protect yourself and your family, then have at it.

    The problem is the blatant disregard for protecting your identity I-N F-R-O-N-T.

    Not saying you live in Podunk based on your typical reaction. But I don't and I am very interested in forensics and forensic psychology - a hobby if you will.

    You must not have any idea what is going on in the real world - it is more terrifying than any 'horror' movie. Of course I hope none of us ever experience what is happening to thousands of people personally. But it does happen - it is happening - even if you, Thank God, don't see it right in your space.

    Stay safe, have blessed HollyDaze.
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    • Profile picture of the author MikeAmbrosio
      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

      True Mike - everything in life is some kind of a risk. But they must be educated and measured risks wherever possible. Like Face Hook.

      Don't write this off to 'paranoia' or 'tin foil hats' and file it in the Denial drawer.

      Invasion of Privacy is a multi-billion dollar industry-wide REALITY.

      Don't be in denial. There is no reason to expose people to this danger.

      Again - it can be a very cool tool - nice to have etc - like I love voIP web conference rooms and skype - for keeping in touch with the ones you have to reach out to.

      If you have the instructions and the SENSE to protect yourself and your family, then have at it.

      The problem is the blatant disregard for protecting your identity I-N F-R-O-N-T.

      Not saying you live in Podunk based on your typical reaction. But I don't and I am very interested in forensics and forensic psychology - a hobby if you will.

      You must not have any idea what is going on in the real world - it is more terrifying than any 'horror' movie. Of course I hope none of us ever experience what is happening to thousands of people personally. But it does happen - it is happening - even if you Thank God don't see it right in your space.

      Stay safe, have blessed HollyDaze.
      Patrician,

      I am far from a babe in the woods I understand EVERYTHING you are trying to say. Perhaps BECAUSE of your "hobby" it makes you more sensitive to it, but as I stated, I choose not to let it rule my thoughts on a daily basis.

      Like I said in my post - I do what I can to protect my family. I simply don't dwell on it 24/7 and I think I am a much happier person for it.

      Sh1t happens in this world, no matter what you know (or don't know) and there's very little you can do in many cases. I don't take things lightly, but I also don't take it to your level.

      And by the way - I did not say or even hint at "tin foil hats" but I do read some level of paranoia in your posts. Perhaps I am mistaken (wouldn't be the first time). Or perhaps I am not and you will survive "Armageddon" and I won't. I am ok with that. Life ends for all of us sooner or later - can't help that. I just choose to live mine differently than you do.

      Also, I have no sense of denial either. I have been on line since 1995. I know more than I let on. Again - I choose to take life differently. In the meantime, I protect my family in ways they don't know about. I read, I learn, I file it where it needs to go so I can recall it when needed.

      No need to worry about me
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      • Profile picture of the author Patrician
        Originally Posted by MikeAmbrosio View Post

        Patrician,

        No need to worry about me
        Yeah Mike. I hope not.

        However, it is you that started worrying about me and analyzing my mental health (judging) when the point is people need to be aware of how they have been exposed and not take it lightly.

        No matter how you live your life or how paranoid you think I am - the point is that nobody has the right to publish all my personal details without my consent BEFOREHAND.

        Since it is a true fact (not the 'diary of a schizophrenic') that the CIA, Pentagon, Dept of Defense, several banks, large medical facilities, and telecom companies have been hacked RECENTLY and all the data - very personal data, even for a paranoid, is now in the hands of criminals. Will they do anything with it? I sure hope not.

        OK - so what is to stop FaceHook from being hacked? tell me again?

        That is one of my main points of contention. EVEN WHEN YOU DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT - READ 'DO NOT SHARE MY INFORMATION' who can say no to a friendly HACKER when you are storing data someplace? anyplace?

        They have no control -

        Yes I know I do online banking, online shopping, work online, purchase services online, publish my profile here and there. Any of those gateways may get hacked.

        But again - if it is, I couldn't avoid it - the price of doing business.

        However I don't have to give it up without even being asked. At least my merchants treat my information as confidential for all intents and purposes.

        (and damn it drown us in those stupid privacy notices every 2 months in the mailbox).
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        • Profile picture of the author Patrician
          Today I have come to realize when I went ballistic about FazeHook

          It was on the heels of Google Earth, ok? Ever seen practically your back window of your house on there? Yeah, it's chilling.

          .. AND Then came the Facial Recognition Software 'papers' -

          OK - so FaceHook took the brunt of my horror.

          All of that finally compelled me after 7 years TO pay for a post office box so that I could remove my address from domain registrations, etc. Always too broke and/or cheap to do the right thing but now i am getting smarter.

          ... and i see how creeps can piece together things about you and if they want to find you they just might be able to.

          I wish my favorite boyfriend of all time circa 1965-66 would look for me and find me.

          So I am not so paranoid. In fact I am pretty lazy. Don''t even have a shredder.

          With me <<WHEN I RANT>> it is always if they take away my will from the equation. When I lose control of my own identity.

          I am well-aware I am in a million different databases on this planet (and wooooo maybe in the universe or even COSMOS).

          There is just something that rubs me the wrong way - maybe it is a CAVALIER attitude from the people that have 'CAPTURED" you against your will.

          ... and then at the same time:

          Learning about all the serious security breaches at all levels all the way to 'the top' (most secure you would think) like DOD!!!!

          ...and having experienced my first 'defacement' hack as a reseller with total responsibility (along with the host) for over a hundred defaced websites.... and that was what the dweeb said on the site they put up - something like 'you think you can do whatever you want. but i got control' - some broken english threat. woooo.

          It is a terrible thing to lose control of your space.

          It's BEING VIOLATED

          ITS DATA RAPE

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          Originally Posted by Patrician View Post

          Yeah Mike. I hope not.


          Since it is a true fact (not the 'diary of a schizophrenic') that the CIA, Pentagon, Dept of Defense, several banks, large medical facilities, and telecom companies have been hacked RECENTLY and all the data - very personal data, even for a paranoid, is now in the hands of criminals. Will they do anything with it? I sure hope not.

          OK - so what is to stop FaceHook from being hacked? tell me again?

          That is one of my main points of contention. EVEN WHEN YOU DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT - READ 'DO NOT SHARE MY INFORMATION' who can say no to a friendly HACKER when you are storing data someplace? anyplace?

          They have no control -

          Yes I know I do online banking, online shopping, work online, purchase services online, publish my profile here and there. Any of those gateways may get hacked.

          But again - if it is, I couldn't avoid it - the price of doing business.

          However I don't have to give it up without even being asked. At least my merchants treat my information as confidential for all intents and purposes.

          (and damn it drown us in those stupid privacy notices every 2 months in the mailbox).
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  • Profile picture of the author orielcans
    I love Facebook. I found a lot of friends in there.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
    I kinda miss the days when I would wonder how my old high school girlfriends turned out or that girl I had a crush on back in grade school.

    But alas now they're all on Facebook sharing their daily lives in extremely painful minutia.

    The mystery is all gone.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    I agree with roaddog here.

    I never did sign up to facebook. But if you just LEAVE, they may save the data forever and even use what they have to get it updated. It really DOES make their job easier. If you change it, eventually they will take it as a change, or may even replace old data, and lose track. I try to avoid giving my real phone number, avoid giving my real address, and no social site has my real birthday. At this point, I don't even try to make the surveys, you must sometimes take, make sense.

    And he is right, SM. Even if the single hopeful monster theory were 100% wrong, there HAVE been a LOT of societies that have intermarried. I have an uncle that married a japanese woman, and had several kids, so I have japanese cousins. THEY have japanese cousins that now have white american ones. I mention white ONLY because we belong to two different races. I have ANOTHER uncle that married a danish woman, so I probably have danish cousins. Who knows?

    And MikeAmbrosio...You have TOO MUCH TRUST!

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  • You have a point in there. FB can never be a worry until you evaluate the exposure of your privacy. For me it is not something to go for when you indeed want to keep your own confidential details to yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author chrislangley
    Personally I feel Facebook requires way too much personal info
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  • Profile picture of the author kokopelli
    I don't "Facebook" - to me it's too much like this ...


    Plus, of course, all the privacy issues.
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    • Profile picture of the author Hils
      I hated my FB account so deleted it ages ago. But knowing FB it's probably still there - after all it was the last time I checked. All I had to do was log in and there it was, just as before. I had to delete it all over again. So you may think you've deleted your account, but...
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  • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
    Nope - totally keeping my FB. I'm not embarrassed to say I use it regularly and actually like it

    It has helped me to keep in touch with people much more than I thought I would over the past year, as I am away from the UK. It has also been a great way to stay in contact with other travellers when rarely anyone had mobiles! I have my privacy settings done so only friends can see my information, although I'm not too worried about that anyway when banks/doctors/estate agents etc. have more information on me and when you see some of the people they employ in these offices - I should be more worried about that!

    It's a case of each to their own and I truly understand all the people that are deleting their accounts due to privacy, losing a sense of reality and wasing time! Hope you enjoy your new FB free life Who's That Guru!
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    LOL Missie

    I've already been sucked back in.. Turns out when you deactivate your account, you deactivate all the marketing you've done on there too.

    Looks like I'll just be back to my ranting about it.. haha!
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    • Profile picture of the author TravellingMissie
      Haha! That was quick - good luck with your new year's resolutions

      Good call though - it would be silly to deactivate if you use it for business!


      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      LOL Missie

      I've already been sucked back in.. Turns out when you deactivate your account, you deactivate all the marketing you've done on there too.

      Looks like I'll just be back to my ranting about it.. haha!
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  • Profile picture of the author philiptrav
    Facebook is stupid I agree for your personal life. I deleted my main page months ago but I do now have one profile that I use to meet girls and I have tons of pages for my websites. I use FB a lot for only two things, girls and business....

    Google is much more EVIL than Facebook though!

    What I hated about facebook when I had my profile with my friends and family was I always got stupid messages to say "Joe Blogs" from when I was 5 years old at school should be my friend etc.... hahaha yeah as if!
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      • Profile picture of the author Alan Petersen
        Originally Posted by Mark Andrews View Post

        Slaps his thigh laughing with a razor sharp dry sense of humour.

        Smokescreens and mirrors, smokescreens and mirrors my friend.

        Facebook might as well be called Big Brother.

        If anyone hasn't yet worked out the connection between Facebook / Big Brother and the CIA they need their heads examining. It's the biggest, simplest and easiest consumer led / individual personal data collection spying service on the planet.


        Mark Andrews
        I don't like nor use Facebook... but, lets see, so Facebook is a front for the CIA. Have you had your head examined lately? You go first. Then me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Roaddog
    He may or may not be trying to be literate.

    But I certainly understand what Mark A is saying...

    Think about it....the powers that be, don't even have to ask you for the information they need...people are happily and IMHO ignorantly, giving it to 'them' with a naive smile.

    It's already been proven that data does not stay with Facebook.

    It is amazing to watch and not as far fetched as some may think.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by Roaddog View Post

      He may or may not be trying to be literate.

      But I certainly understand what Mark A is saying...

      Think about it....the powers that be, don't even have to ask you for the information they need...people are happily and IMHO ignorantly, giving it to 'them' with a naive smile.

      It's already been proven that data does not stay with Facebook.

      It is amazing to watch and not as far fetched as some may think.
      A lot of people don't even understand how this works. Basically, places like facebook KNOW you probably won't give them what they WANT so, for the most part, they don't even ask!

      The courts have judged against this SEVERAL times, but interestingly I haven't heard about it lately. Yet the reason why it has lost SO many times is because they TRIED so many times. They are OBVIOUSLY doing what has been deemed illegal today because, if they weren't, law enforcement might eventually, and rightfully so, charge them with OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE! Anyway, the courts say DON'T DO IT, and the law says they MUST, if they do things like provide login authentication, or advertise!

      What I am talking about is a little thing called "data aggregation". In this case, it is the process of tying together disparate information about something. In this case, YOUR LIFE! HERE is how it works! YOU deal with yahoo, google, facebook, and maybe amazon. facebook is asked to provide info on your income, but doesn't have the info. They can go to a site and basically buy the info, or kind of trade. Using info they already have, they can update their records. They may determine what sites you visit by your going to one they provide services for. They may even be able to get more data from your browser history. They could go to amazon and probably get buying history.

      And HOW much data does amazon have? They have your buying history, maybe info on ALL the sites you visit, information about a lot of things on those sites, etc... Amazon owns companies like alexa, and they also provide computer services for a list of companies that is growing FAST! Were YOU one of the MILLIONS that installed the alexa toolbar? Are you one of the millions that installed GOOGLE'S? THINK ABOUT IT! MOST people that installed it probably don't even know they have one and might NEVER have visited google! It gets around!

      One of the REALLY scary things is that a virus, or your toddler, or one of the lists from google, etc... could cause your browser to go to weird sites, and someone at some place could even spread very untrue rumors about you. although many are illegal, they happen, and may even become a serious problem.

      SO, how could they be charged with obstruction of justice? EASY! If law enforcement investigates a crime, and sees the person used a site with facebooks logon, facebook just became a wildcard! Info from them could LITERALLY blow the case wide open! A LACK of info could destroy the value of what they found! OBVIOUSLY, the cops are going to want the logs that the court said should NOT exist! They shouldn't exist because it is a breach of contract and privacy!

      It is ONE thing to have logs for ONE of your systems! Another to have logs for ALL your systems. Another to have logs for OTHER systems. Another to tie that information together, which the courts struck down. But do you REALLY think they will leave that alone? I worked for a company that paid HUNDREDS of thousands for a D&B database! WHY? To get a lot of useful data on their customers to simplify sales. If they were willing to pay SO much, and then pay US hundreds of thousands, possibly MILLIONS, more, to implement it, why wouldn't facebook do it for effectively FREE!? BTW aggregation with D&B is expected, and it amounts to a statistics, family, and credit file for the corporations.

      Anyway, my point is that facebook wants to become a huge marketing database, with its namesake as merely ONE front end.

      Steve
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      • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
        Good on you for recognising the farce that Facebook is.

        That account is best off deleted. No doubt.
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  • Profile picture of the author philiptrav
    The new timeline interface at Facebook was probably built around the CIA and what they wanted.... it's perfect to track criminals now as they can see everything that they do on each day....
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  • Profile picture of the author roberthearth
    I think we gotta be responsible with it. I wouldnt get rid of it, I think it is a great tool, but limiting yourself to certain posts is smart!
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    I guess the FBI is just paranoid too. I am in good company.

    FBI Warns of Posting Photos to The Web - Pottstown, PA Patch

    ... an excerpt:

    The FBI is warning citizens with smartphones to be wary of posting photos from your mobile device. You may be sharing more than just a pretty picture.

    But what exactly is being shared?

    According to a release issued by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in some cases, you might unwittingly be letting others know where you live and work and your travel patterns and habits. These details can be revealed through bits of information embedded in images taken with smartphones and some digital cameras and then shared on public websites. The information, called metadata, often includes the times, dates and geographical coordinates (latitude and longitude) where images are taken.

    While the geospatial data can be helpful in myriad web applications that plot image locations, it also opens a door for criminals, including burglars, stalkers, and predators. It’s not a stretch to imagine young teens’ images of their ventures to the mall or beach being culled by web predators and meticulously plotted on online maps.

    “It’s not something we think is happening. We know it’s happening,” said Kevin Gutfleish, head of the Innocent Images Intelligence Unit in the FBI’s Cyber Division. The unit provides analysis and assessments of emerging threats for the operational arm of the Innocent Images National Initiative, which targets child pornography and sexual predators.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave Earley
    I don't post anything on FB that I would mind strangers seeing, I don't use it for trustworthy info. and don't really post anything via my phone. I basically just use it for chatting, seeing what my friends are up to, or sharing something interesting..which is basically useless because no one really cares or says too much anyway. I don't browse around or waste my time playing the FB games. I will use it for backlinks, although I never checked to see if they were "nofollow" or not, but I'm not worried.
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  • Profile picture of the author JustVisiting
    For Google read Google + Facebook
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    HOW FACEBOOK TRICKS COMPANIES TO WEAKEN THEIR DOMAIN BRANDS | Successclick, Domain Monetization

    This is a very interesting article, something smart marketers should keep in mind.
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