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Facebook: Don't put personal info in your profile

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Apr 21, 2010.

  1. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    FacebookSearch[​IMG] simply takes those public status updates and makes them searchable, outside of Facebook. The guys behind it Peter Burns[​IMG] and Will Moffat[​IMG] have posted a simple explanation: This is a simple example of just how open facebook has made your information. This data is wide open, and this is one of the least scary uses that anyone will make. If nothing changes, its only to get worse. Theres an interesting discussion over at Hacker News[​IMG] on the morality of what they are doing.
  2. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    I've been a Facebook fan/user for a long while, but I've changed the way I use it lately. I no longer stay logged in unless I'm actually on the site, doing something (I used to have FB on a tab open all the time I was online). I've killed permissions to a lot of apps, and I've logged out of chat for keeps.

    I don't know that I'll completely kill my FB profile, but I'm certainly limiting what I do there.
  3. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    That's basically where I am right now.
  4. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

  5. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

  6. tke711

    tke711 Oink Oink Staff Member

    You'll have to go into your privacy settings then and make sure you've got everything locked down.

    Specifically check privacy settings -- Applications & Websites -- settings and uncheck all the boxes.
  7. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Bob, that's pretty nifty though! I got the same thing, btw, so all you need to do is this:

    <img src="http://imgur.com/6iyGS.png" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" />
  8. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    Was just about to post the link to the security check - beat me too it again :p
  9. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    Yeah, the whole idea is pretty nice. I missed the link you pointed out, and tried to use the button. The stuff I make available to friends I already knew about, too. But a neat idea, nonetheless.
  10. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Lynne nailed it. It's the tech savy who are screaming bloody blue murder, the clueless just go mindlessly on.

    However... This made me laugh..

    And... In complete agreement with Lynne:

    Which goes to show that the majority of users on Facebook really don't have a clue, and that's what the company is counting on.

  11. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    "On the other hand, a site called "Quit Facebook Day" has signed up only 3,767 people who committed to publicly delete their accounts on May 31."

    Unless a really cool alternative appears on the horizon there isn't going to be any mass mutiny - some of us have locked our profiles down as best we could and are enjoying bitching about facebook on facebook. I for one am enjoying enlightening the less tech savvy of my friends, and one by one they're all stopping and thinking about what they are posting and what information they're sharing.
    Yesterday while at work, there was a steady stream of counselors in my room logging into facebook and running the "scan for privacy tool"
  12. BigDeputyDog

    BigDeputyDog Straight Shootin Admin Staff Member

  13. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Thanks for the site, Bob. I just ran it on my FB privacy settings and got "Good" on all of them.
  14. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I don't even know where to start but will do so with what's more important. If you are leaving $5 buck tip after hours of service, stay the fuck home you pieces of shits.
  15. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    Be interesting to know if the restaurant found out about her post from just searching facebook, or if someone on her 'friends' list turned her in. The later not begin a 'security' issue but a 'bad taste in friends' issue.
  16. Stiofan

    Stiofan Master Po

    So you guys all have this Facebook thing and have now posted over 70 posts on how to create some privacy you thought you all had, I honestly don't get it. Why are you giving any of your personal information to this online company again?

    I don't do Facebook or Myspace or Twitter and except for high schoolers and college kids, what's the attraction? Everyone I know has so many ways to keep in touch with me now, why do I need another? (I understand Linkedin for business, although I don't use that either) Can't you get the same social interaction without "joining" one of these sites like a lemming.....ok, that's harsh, lol, but really? How do they make life better?
  17. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    I've only been on FB for about a month and joined reluctantly because someone on a genetic genealogy DNA surname project site set one up. I am one of the admins for the site. It was just going to be poor PR to turn him down. I don't do a lot on FB, but I was reconnected with a woman I'd lost touch with and had tried to find on several occasions, so something good did come out of it. I also hear from my band of nieces and nephews more often now.
  18. Cariad

    Cariad cymru am byth

    It's a place to play games, post photos, discuss, argue, agree and support. Some people have private blogs to bitch and moan to the masses, some use online forums (global affairs being one of many), some use facebook some use all of the above. It's a portal to catch up with old school friends living in another country, and real time chat with family members living in another country. It's not for everyone, but it sure attracts quite a few in this technical world we live in.

    Most tech savvy people did have privacy settings cranked up - it was facebook who took that away with little or no warning - we're simply trying to get back to the way it was before and helping each other accomplish that.
  19. cdw

    cdw Ahhhh...the good life.

    Ok.. is fb glitching out or could I possibly have done something so that even I can't see comments on my own posts/links?? :rofl: God these sites should all work the same...this old lady is getting tired of trying to keep them all straight, lol.
  20. cmhbob

    cmhbob Did...did I do that? Staff Member

    I won't swear that you didn't break something on your own ( ;) ) but I several of my friends have commented that FB is actiing weird today. Probably a lot of traffic today, too; I heard something about some big soccer game.

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