... they just MUST mine more data about you and your habits/interests et al.
It's very worrying when you think of the profile of you they could build from all the data they have on you.
Facebook may be slowly tip-toeing its way gently around cry babies who have yet to turn their profiles into scrapbooks for their "friends" via the new Timeline feature. But the dominant social network has a new tactic up its sleeve: the company is trying to entice more people into its "frictionless sharing" playpen with the …
I don't think they have much on me as I have never had an account, and have been blocking their scripts and buttons from running for years. I do understand the concept of "chaff" though. Get lost in the noise, so to speak. With almost a billion accounts, there is a lot of noise.
I expect you're thinking app is a contraction of application, and the missing letters should be replaced by an apostrophe, however it's a clipped word - all the missing letters are from one end of it, in which case you don't need the apostrophe. Contractions generally have letters taken out of the middle.
For example fo'c'sle is a contraction of forecastle.
However, you wouldn't say bra' as a shortened version of brassiere (or bra's for the plural), so in the same way apps is the plural of applications, rather than app's.
http://www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/department/docs/punctuation/node20.html .. for your education.
Oh.. now I re-read your post more closely, I have no idea why you though Application's should have an apostrophe!
You can check out any time you want, but you can never leave
Are you sure you've left it??? This is what farcebook thought of your personal information back in 2009:-
"You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time. If you choose to remove your User Content, the license granted above will automatically expire, however you acknowledge that the Company may retain archived copies of your User Content."
They wouldn’t put that in the T&C unless they had/have the facility to do it.
Not that I am suggesting they are not underhanded enough to purposely retain your data but -
I suspect what they mean is that as Facebook will have a huge quantity of backups - while you may delete your current data entirely from the site - they will not manually trawl through all their backups and delete any data that relates you to, and so you cannot sue for them for not doing so.
I've never used Facebook apps and have no intention of ever doing so. They can mine someone else's data. Facebook apps don't entice me to use Timeline. I don't like anything about it and refuse to use it unless forced to and if they do that, I'll just block all past content, limit future posts on my primary profile and just post from my band fan site exclusively. I've reduced my usage of Facebook dramatically, as each update brings with it more of what I don't want. I spend more time on Google+ and Twitter. They are far more interesting.
The ticking time-bomb for Facebook has just started. For once an actual revolutionary way to communicate/share/bully/take the piss (take your pick), people don't want more junk littered on their profiles.
Personally, I find the time-line pointless. I want information on what's going on "now" infront of me. Not have to be forced in exposing all my previous information on a single page.
It just shows how easily corrupt Facebook are to £££ ($$$ if you're American), with 800 million users. Is minimalistic design in simplistic interfaces not cool now for you Zuckerbucks?
You'd be referring to those of us who want to stay in touch with friends (not "friends"), maybe organize a party or an event or two, and maybe check out some news of interest, without having to fight through a bunch of useless dross.
My Farcebook usage is minimal; I use it to promote my cartoon art and pretty much the only time I log on is when I've posted a new cartoon -- I post the blog entry URL on my feed, a copy of the cartoon in my album, maybe check a few items of interest on the newsfeed, and I'm off.
The first thing I did when I opened my account was to go to the settings for things like Privacy, Sharing and Apps and make sure they were locked down tighter than a prima donna's corset -- especially the Apps. I think I might have a couple of "stock" apps running which perform basic necessary functions, and absolute zero others, especially weird third-party crap. I don't play any games there at all.
In fact, it's been weeks since I logged on there -- it was to post my last piece of art -- and now I'm thinking I should jump on real quick now, just to double-check my settings and make sure FB hasn't made a mess of my feed.
It's good to know I'm not the only one who jumps on FB just to check and see if one of their pointless system updates has reset my privacy settings. I'm with you on not having to wade through the useless clutter of updates on what games people are playing, their past posts form years ago and other useless info. Every time they update the thing, I use it less.
Between El Reg and the local TV news continuously telling about the latest Farcebook "features" the more happy I am I severed all association with that useless "service." I may be on their backup tapes but rarely posted anything they would be very interested in or that I mind sharing. Between Ghostery, Better Privacy and AdBlock I only see a "targeted advert" once in a blue moon anyway.
So far, G+ is pretty nice and most of the people and pages I am interested in are already there.
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