Dont put anything on facebook.
Facebook is asking users to link to education, work, location, employer and likes pages, with connections made public by default. Profile owners who baulk at exposing their affiliations will find the relevant data removed their profile if they refuse to add links. The social networking site began greeting users with the forced …
I love the way the BBC and others keep calling it a "Social network giant", as well.
This must be one of those big, inflatable plastic giants with a bewildered man inside them, like they used to have on "It's a Knockout"... I want to be in the team that throws damp sponges at him, and makes him slide into the water.
I have the bare minimum information on my Facebook profile. It's probably enough for friends to identify me from others with the same name, but no more. Even the birthday isn't the correct one - I have an 'internet birthday' I use for sites that insist on one being provided. On that basis I don't think there's much for them to remove from my profile.
El Reg: Thanks for the reminder, I'd been meaning to delete most of my profile for a while now.
Facebook: Seriously guys, you really are trying to commit suicide?
1. It's your site, I'm a guest, I know that
2. You can rearrange it and redesign it as much as you like, I've always got the option of leaving
3. I don't mind this convert-to-links stuff in my profile
4. By all means, make it compulsory for profile info, it's your site
5. But you can go f*** yourselves if you think I'm happy with you doing that WITHOUT ASKING. I wouldn't even mind if it was a compulsory "convert this lot to links or delete them" question, I'd at least get asked. But you didn't bother, you just put another nail in your coffin.
<sigh> Oh well, over to the next interwebs networking site. Where did I leave that lolcat?
This is exactly why I deleted my account. Of course, I say "deleted". Facebook don't actually allow you to do that (oh no). You can suspend it, but it never actually gets deleted.
I also love the term he used, "dumb f****ers for trusting" him apparently?
Yeah. Bye bye FB. I'll go back to the dark ages of texting, emails and -wait - actually ringing someone up.
to create a group within your connections and add these to them, each connection group you make can have its own specified levels of access from blocked to full.
I have various settings for family, friends, work colleagues and groups/pages, it's easy to set up and control who gets to see what.
...because many of the people I work with are on Facebook. It an be a useful way of keeping in touch. But my main problem with Facebook is it is trying to be too smart. I wanted to put my location as "Brittany, France" and it didn't want to accept that as a real place. Like hell I'm going to put in my exact town. So I left it blank. Which, to be honest, is how I will leave a lot of the requested information. I don't need to use Facebook, I've written my own basic blog scripts, it is a flexible system that works for me. As for privacy? When you run your own site, it is easy to drop in weird paths (like /hentai/arigatogozaimasu/epic/fail.php that probably won't be guessed randomly!) to leave stuff for people. And you can .htaccess or PHP some sort of access control, as opposed to... a combination of user dopeyness coupled with a pathalogical desire to get users to share everything with world+kitten whether they want to or not. Simple answer - don't post anything of importance!
Amusing byline and gratuitous dig at Facebook and the things FB users get up to: http://www.epicfail.com/2009/08/22/epic-facebook-fail/ :-)
They did this a couple of weeks ago in the UK. I responded, like many others, by simply removing all the data completely.
Where it's new news is it seems they're actually stupid enough to keep doing it, on the eve of announcing allegedly new improved privacy controls - and subsequent to a rather pathetic public apology for having done what they're still doing today in the first place.
I just logged in and got the screen everyone mentioned, asking to associate my profile with fan pages about "stuff", "lots of things" and "various". I think it's a good feature, I've been lookign for people with similiar interests in stuff and various has always been a long time hobby of mine.
(Even though I don't populate those fields with anything serious, I've still gone into the privacy settings and scaled them back to friends only)
Paris 'cause she knows lots of things about various stuff so we have a lot in common.
"Allow select partners to instantly personalise their features with my public information when I first arrive on their websites."
Not automatically ticked for me - not that there's a great deal of info available due to not puttng much info there in the first place.
But trying to work out what the options actually do is not that easy - plain English it ain't.
It's certainly written to make you feel as if you might be missing out on things if you don't let the world know all about you, and your family, and your friends, and your 'friends', and your 'surveys', and your 'gifts' and your games and your chat and . . .
Who needs a bloody ID card these days - just Facebook the buggers.
I can only think of two words to describe this latest update: EPIC FAIL.
Forcing me to expose yet more information ? Strike One.
Opening up my privacy settings YET AGAIN without asking me ? Strike Two.
(Check out "Privacy settings > Friends, tags and connections" after you get that dialog box)
Forcing me on to a page where the only clickable option is "Log Out" when I refuse to play ball ? Strike Three, you lose.
There wasn't much information on my profile to begin with, and some of it (like my birthday) was fake anyway. There's even less up there now.
If that's not scary enough for you, read this:
Facebook kept awfully quiet about the change that allows 3rd-party app developers to retain your information indefinitely !
...how Facebook Inc. treats their 500 million Most Valued Dumb F*ckers.
Good companies don't treat their Dumb F*ckers like this. They do Dumb F*ckers surveys, listen to Dumb F*ckers, have Dum F*ckers retention programs, organize Dumb F*ckers conferences. In short, they give their Dumb F*ckers are warm and fuzzy feeling.
Mr Zuckerberg has a lot to learn how to treat his 500 million Dumb F*ckers positively.
Bitmap of a Dumb F*cker with a moustache.
and I've now left my profile blank. All you can do with me on Facebook is write on my wall, comment on my statuses or send me a message. If I get tagged in a photo, I untag it nearly immediately.
Facebook is also incredibly buggy; on the first day I was presented with this new setup, about two weeks ago, it was incredibly slow when I clicked the removal links. Then, as a final middle finger, everything I took ages to delete magically reappeared within about ten minutes.
If only I can wean my friends off it and get them to discover alternative means of communication - when I've achieved that, I'm deleting my FB account. In fact, I did so last year but re-created it due to peer pressure and their inability to contact me in any other way (seriously, I have four e-mail addresses, two phone numbers and most of my friends know where my house is. "Not being able to contact" me is zero excuse)
Zuckerberg's blasé and cavalier attitude towards privacy is doing him absolutely no favours. Lucky for him he's stalled on floating Facebook on the stock markets because the share price would nosedive vertically due to stuff like this. I even heard a rumour that the Facebook board want rid of him to protect the reputation of the brand and, if true, Zuckerberg could be forced out by Christmas - if he carries on like this and things get worse, I can easily see that happening.
I got this weird notice a week or so ago suggesting I might like to associate with other websites or something and offering the option to select those I didn't want to share with.
When I tried to untick one, another I'd already unticked would be ticked again. I assumed it was some sort of hoax and closed the page.
Same notice appeared today, I again exited. I then read your piece. Just gone back, the bastards have wiped all the stuff I put in my interests and hobbies. Why ? And why didn't they mention this ?
Frankly I don't care because it was already freaking me out getting targeted by ads relevant to the interests I'd listed. Clearly they had already published info about me to advertisers.
Facebook is over.
I limit Facebook to friends and family; Colleagues can connect to my LinkedIn profile. My boss and co-workers don't need to see photos from my vaction or know which tv shows I follow. LinkedIn is much more business / profession oriented. My LinkedIn account has an up-to-date resume and list of activities related to my career.
"Facebook is asking users to link to education, work, location, employer and likes pages, with connections made public by default.
Profile owners who baulk at exposing their affiliations will find the relevant data removed their profile if they refuse to add links."
Has noticed that people are using the site for the purposes of business/employment networking deviancy and wishes to become LinkedIn.
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