Loc: Sunnyvale, CA, USA
Too, funny - I've decided to keep FB account to satisfy perverse interest in FB saga.
I get emails notifying me of friend requests. So, go to confirm - Doesn't happen. Friend requests drop off that list, but don't show up in friends - And what's really weird is that the friend requests in my email doesn't match up with the friend requests in FB - The email-notified friend requests never showed up in FB, and the friend requests that drop off the requests list are ones that I haven't confirmed, i.e., confirming an email-notified friend request that isn't in FB bumps off an existing FB one that I haven't responded to. Totally gone - Nowhere in any recent stuff. Just vanishes.
Loc: Pinellas Park, Florida
Mine is set to "Friends of Friends." There is nothing on my FB page/account that isn't already a matter of public record anyway. I don't post anything that I might consider private; I take those to the IM channels/options.
It's not the content that I'm worried about becoming public. Hell, I post the exact same stuff to twitter.
It's about bait and switch tactics, and what needs to be done about shifty business practices. They had/have my name, the name of all my friends, my family (including relationship data) …and they track every click you make to try and better classify you. Now they are trying to expand that data collection to the entire web, all while loosening their privacy policies and making it extremely difficult to manage privacy settings.
i really dislike the changes at facebook with regard to privacy. i used to post inside joke stuff on the pages of old college buddies. pretty goofy stuff. i get that it wasn't technically "private" there, but it was private enough. sort of like me going out to dinner in another city with an old buddy. it's not private, but there is little chance that one of my students or colleagues hears me talking in that other city out at dinner. now, i post on an old buddy's page and a little note appears on my page saying i left a comment there (which didn't happen previously). so i have always remember to quickly go back to my profile and delete the note saying that i posted on my buddy's page (since anyone could follow the link and read my comment). i've also quit every group i supported that had anything to do with politics and/or religion because i try and keep that out of my professional life and facebook sees no difference between the two.
i am hoping an open source solution can come along and beat facebook eventually.
With 400,000,000 and growing by the minute, there's little chance of anyone, including Google, beating Facebook at this stage of the game. Facebook will ultimately have to collapse on its own before someone can outdo them.
Heck, Google failed miserably just trying to beat Twitter (with Google Buzz), so there's really no way they're going to catch up to FB.
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