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Facebook: Getting A Divorce
#1
I'll admit it, I have a Facebook account. I started it last year, and really don't pay all that much attention to it. But lately something has been changed in my account setting that I was not responsible for changing. Suddenly I began getting bombarded with,

'blankety blank' commented on a post you were tagged in

Or even more,

'rolley polley'(friends with 'blankety blank') commented on a post you were tagged in

How many generations(removed) are they going to trace back and tell me about?

And get this:

'P Daddy' added friends you may know

All of a sudden, I began getting over fifty of these nonsenseical pollution to my email account. Who really gives a 'flippity flip' what someone's friend, of a friend, of a friend, you just might know. Odds are about 1-in-1000 that they aren't and don't, but we sure would like for you to post some traffic to them, giving us a little more revenue.

So, lately I am harboring a slow burn because I was notified, by them, that William Lambert had commented on something, and directed me to his site, where he and his wife had set up shop. Suddenly Facebook had automatically applied to his wife that we officially become friends, and I never even tapped any button, flipped a key, or even leaned over while passing gas and accidentally depressed 'said' key.

No offense to Bill, or his wife here. Bill is my friend and we have known each other for eight years, but this Facebook thing is beginning to cause me to think it is some social site where every click generates some sort of revenue, and they are damned sure going to find ways for me to help them get richer.

Well today I was visiting PC World, to check out the latest tech buzz, and I came across this article: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: Top 5 Clingiest Online Services. And guess which online service is the worst of the worst? If you said Facebook, YOU WIN!!

Oh my G-d, this reminds me of the Uncle Remus tale of "Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby". Or like the Eagles' hit "Hotel California: ""We are programmed to receive. You can check-out any time you like, But you can never leave! "

Well, now I am really thinking seriously about how to not only get a divorce from Facebook, and not have to look like the person trying to leave a relationship only to have the other partner with his/her arms wrapped around my ankle.

Is there anyone who has taken out proceeding in order to obtain a divorce from Facebook? If you have, can you put your experiences here, so others can benefit from your trouble? I suspect I am not the only one who is considering making the 'Final Cut'.



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#2
I suspect the NSA flagged you as an outspoken enemy of the US government, and instructed Facebook to harass and teach you that profit-driven enterprises are a worse pain than the government. It's a conspiracy.
"You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don't matter." Dick Cheney
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#3
Facebook has algorithms that search out loci of interlapping data and extends match up posts. My wife probably looked at your facebook photo of your little shih-tzu and her image on hers has our little one, too. Are their picture-decrypting algorithms that good?

Most nuisance posts are easily deleted, so I don't let them dwell where they don't belong. It is hard to get rid of them before they spring up, and to keep my rage in check, I just say good-bye to them when they appear. The deleting also creates an algorithm that helps stop them from showing up. If you play a game on any of these social programs, you will be besieged with requests to buy turnips or some such nonsense.

Sometimes the posts are beneficial, because that is also part of the algorithm.
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#4
Here's someone else, who's not enthralled with Facebook: Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg, but I’ve got a bad case of Facebook fatigue..

Quote:Possibly I should be wary of criticising Facebook, in case my actions jeopardise whatever hopes there may be of its boss, Mark Zuckerberg, bailing out the eurozone. (He could probably do it, too. The man uses $100 bills as cat litter.)

But, all the same, I’m going to do it. Facebook is past it. In a few short years it’ll be as sad and lonely a ghost town as MySpace. I don’t speak as a long-standing critic. I speak as a former addict.

Andy Borowitz spoofs a letter from Zuckerberg, which is priceless:

Quote:Dear Potential Investor:

For years, you’ve wasted your time on Facebook. Now here’s your chance to waste your money on it, too.

Tomorrow is Facebook’s IPO, and I know what some of you are thinking. How will Facebook be any different from the dot-com bubble of the early 2000’s?

For one thing, those bad dot-com stocks were all speculation and hype, and weren’t based on real businesses. Facebook, on the other hand, is based on a solid foundation of angry birds and imaginary sheep.

Second, Facebook is the most successful social network in the world, enabling millions to share information of no interest with people they barely know.

Third, every time someone clicks on a Facebook ad, Facebook makes money. And while no one has ever done this on purpose, millions have done it by mistake while drunk. We totally stole this idea from iTunes.

Finally, if you invest in Facebook, you’ll be far from alone. As a result of using Facebook for the past few years, over 900 million people in the world have suffered mild to moderate brain damage, impairing their ability to make reasoned judgments. These will be your fellow Facebook investors.

With your help, if all goes as planned tomorrow, Facebook’s IPO will net $100 billion. To put that number in context, it would take JP Morgan four or five trades to lose that much money.

One last thing: what will, I, Mark Zuckerberg, do with the $18 billion I’m expected to earn from Facebook’s IPO? Well, I’m considering buying Greece, but that would still leave me with $18 billion. LOL.

Friend me,

Mark



Ed Hunsinger - Why is Facebook going public? They couldn't figure out the privacy settings either.

Conan O'Brien - “Today, Facebook went public, just as MySpace’s last user went private.”

Jack Dorsey's co-founder of Twitter - “Wow. Slow news day.”

Nicholas Stoller - “The fetishization of Facebook stock is weirding me out and suggests to me something deeply off about our society.”
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#5
Your fb account isn't under a throw away email address?!

I learned that lesson when I started posting on usenet. Boy, did I learn...
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
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#6
I think FB has something in it that's pretty advanced. My 9-year old son wanted to play some of the game son there so I set him up an account, with a new fresh email address for himself. We posted some pics of him, I tagged the ones I had of him, and we were on our way. Now, the minimum age for a kid on FB is 13, so I fudged the birth date. Some how it knew through the pics he posted and the ones that I tagged him in that he was under 13. They cancelled his account and wouldn't let me appeal it, they were that sure of his age. We added some of his family so it wasn't like anyone saw it and complained and I had his settings to extreme privacy, but somehow FB was able to deduce through his pictures that he wasn't of age. Either they have that many people inspecting each and every new account picture or they have some pretty advanced face recognition software. With the intersection of data that flows through FB every day, it's frightening to me to think of what they'll be capable of within a few years...I'd quit it myself and remove myself from Google while I'm at it, but I've got 3 years worth of pics stored on FB and it's nice to have something that keeps me in contact with family in Michigan.
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#7
I don't want to lose track of my Army buddies. The Government already has my DNA on file I am sure, so I stopped caring who sees what anymore.

Just set the settings to no email notifications, and no notifications for anything you don't want to be notified of. It is in your options somewhere. That is what I did.
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#8
As far as non friends go, I'm a complete ghost. I do a search once a month and see what info I can find on myself and try to scrub it as best as I can. I found three old MySpace profiles of myself from back in the day that I can't access as I've forgotten my emails and passwords to them.

I think FB will soon have something that will allow a computer to look at an image and know exactly who that person is. With social media as popular as it is, you have millions of dumbfuck beta testers running their software on all their thousands of uploaded pics. Me included. I'd bet big money this IPO will be tied to bigger security and face recognition software in the near future, possibly with military and civil ties.
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#9
Well, about facebook, you don't say "it sucks", now you say "it zucks".

http://ai-jane.org/... IPO thread
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#10
Fred, it can suck, or it can Zuck. I don't care.

I just got this highly pertinent eMail from Facebook tonight. And does it really relate to me? If you say no, YOU WIN!! here is the message: William Lambert and Todd McCall are now friends. Who cares, other than Bill or Todd McCall, if they are now friends. Its none of my business, and certainly none of Facebooks business if I know.

These people are perverted to say the least. They're sick, even though they are trying to stimulate traffic, and may want the rest of us to punch some advertisement, just to contemplate buying something. Its still perverse.
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#11
Todd is a good guy. Haven't seen him for 40-some years. Tall, tall guy - used to drive a VW Beetle and paint fire-hydrants.

The algorithms are what make or break Facebook. They pull every conceivable combination of events out of a cloud of unrelated data and highlight it for your use. If the data is not relevant, you just ignore it. The funny thing is that ignoring it is also in the algorithms and helps create data. If you throw enough stuff at the wall, something may stick, I guess.

I've pretty much given up trying to pre-screen spam and pfishing. I just delete the bad stuff and ignore the rest. We've already got road-rage against stupid drivers, and idiots pushing carts at the supermarket. If we get steamed up about every little thing we will start popping gaskets. The hackers now create look-alike websites of your utilities trying to get info.
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#12
That really wasn't my point Bill. What chaffs my arse is that Facebook automatically wants me to get involved with your friend, Joe-Blow's friend, and anyone else they think may possibly earn them a few pennies. They are shameless, and I really do intend getting off that high speed train.

Like someone stated, I made a colossal mistake using my Real email address when I joined Facebook. Now I feel like Brer Rabbit after having stuck both hands and feet in the tar baby. I'm going to be hounded by them until hell freezes over, or they finally succumb.
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#13
I understand, John but don't let it get you down. The info is excessive but ignorable. There are no judgements that you must respond to anything. The algorithms simply put things together for you. Delete the stuff that don't fit, and it may learn not to bother you. I dunno...
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#14
Want to know another reason why I hate Facebook, other than the fact that the owners are dedicated Jackasses?

Well, like Jackasses, who spout one thing, and then do the opposite Kim Kommando tell us why she too does not like them:

Quote:Facebook uses your offline data to sell ads

It's no mystery that Facebook gift wraps a lot of your data for advertisers. Facebook lets its advertisers use your Likes, your name, hobbies and more. But until recently, all of that has happened online.

Now, Facebook wants to move its scary ad tracking into your everyday life, too. Facebook has a plan to link things you buy in the real world to your Facebook profile to help advertisers target you. If it goes through, advertisers will be able to serve you incredibly specific ads!

Facebook has struck a deal with two companies: Acxiom and Epsilon. You've probably never heard of them, but they know everything about you. They get data from stores about what you buy with loyalty or rewards cards.

Whenever you swipe a loyalty card, everything you purchase is tied to your name. This lets companies like Acxiom and Epsilon see what brands you like. They can also track what sort of diet you have, what medicine you take and more.

Unlike online ads - which can track the same sort of things - these aren't just attached to a random profile number. They're attached to your name, address, phone number and any other information you gave when you applied for the loyalty card.

This is why you start receiving specific coupons for products you buy after using your loyalty card. If a company knows you enjoy its products, it will send you a small coupon to drive even more sales.

If Facebook's plan comes into effect, you would start seeing ads for products you buy on your Facebook page. All companies have to do is find your name in their database and match it to your Facebook profile.

Since Facebook hasn't officially put this plan into effect yet, there's no one way to stop it. No one knows if there will be an opt-out or what that might look like.

Until then, there's a few ways you can reduce the chance of advertisers using your data like this.

The easiest is to stop using loyalty cards altogether. This could mean missing out on savings, though - unless your cashier is nice enough to swipe their cards for you! Luckily, you usually don't have to give your real personal information to get the loyalty card.

Many stores give you a form to mail in. If you never mail the information to the store, it doesn't prevent you from using the loyalty card. The advertisers can't make a profile for you if they don't have your information.

However, some stores will make you fill out the form in-store before you can use the card. In that case, all you need is a fake name, email and address. You'll miss out on mailed coupons, but you'll still receive the big discounts on in-store "members only" deals.

A simple Google search can give you all sorts of sites that give fake names and addresses. The only catch is that many of them give you a fake Social Security number and credit card number, too. Using those numbers could be land you in some serious hot water.

You could cobble your own, instead. Use a name from fiction, an old address - or a house a few doors down from an old address - and a made-up number with your area code. You could even just tap in that made-up number at checkout and skip signing up for a card altogether.

Finally, it helps to change your Facebook privacy settings, too. With the right settings in place, you can severely limit what advertisers can do with your data. I'll show you how to do it in this must-read tip.

Advertisers, the government and more are pulling out all the stops to track your online activity. Here are three useful ways to shut them down.

1. James Bond wouldn't put up with invasive tracking, so neither should you. Here are my top tips to browse like Bond.

2. The easiest way to prevent tracking is to leave no trace behind in the first place. These free tools erase your Web tracks.

3. Don't bother filling out an endless string of forms to opt-out of advertiser tracking. Opt-out of dozens of tracking sites at once.

Words of advice from the Computer G-ddess herself. S5
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#15
My e-mailer (Windows Mail) allows me to automatically delete any e-mail coming from a specified address, like Facebook. I can check my deleted file to see if there is anything of interest that came from Facebook. Maybe if I am notified that someone I really do know commented on something I put on Facebook, I might log in to Facebook and check. Usually I empty the deleted file, or if I wait a week or so, it will be emptied automatically.
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#16
But that is not the real problem Ron. Its your privacy that is being passed around for profit.
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#17
Has anybody else's attitude toward Facebook changed?  Well, mine has not.  They still suck, and I have not been on Facebook in several years now, thank heavens.

Here's yet one more example of their Leftist/Progressive practices.  From the Israeli Law Center.

The big facebook experiment - ניסוי ההסתה הגדול בפייסבוק




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THE PURGE: Facebook and YouTube are silencing voices. Be afraid — be very afraid.


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Is it time to perform major surgery to Facebook? Here's a Co-Founder of the social media giant.

It’s Time to Break Up Facebook
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