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  1. I am so glad I never joined Facebook. The peer pressure was a little strong at some points. My wife is on it, and would regularly tell me of old friends of ours she’d found on it. But though I came close, I never pulled the trigger and now I am so damned glad of that.

    ——RM

  2. I joined a long time ago just to see what was going on. I didn’t get it I guess, and never used it except to make it faster & easier to join a few web sites. But then one day I noticed that my full name was being displayed, and I certainly NEVER gave them that. So I got out… I think. I had to email them to ASK to be deleted, and they said it would take effect in a couple of weeks. That was a month or 2 ago, and I can only assume I’m history with them now.

  3. If you want to really want to discover old friends, pick up the phone or write a sincere hand-written letter.

    Educate the gullible FB addicts around you — it’s just not worth it to support such corporate snooping. You aren’t benefiting.

    Grocery stores were amongst the first to bribe users into having all their purchases tracked. But Google and Facebook and hundreds of other ad agencies and data thieves have taken their deceptive user datamining to a whole new level — and they don’t bother giving users any compensation in exchange for all their data.

    As nasty as the NSA is, it actually might be reigned in when voters put into office some responsible representatives. Google and Facebook, on the other hand, really don’t respect the intent of any nation’s laws. Since corporations have wriggled their way into legal “personhood” in many nations, they can get away with any online behaviour they wish, no matter how disgusting. And if regulation ever did catch up with them, multinational companies simply relocate to continue doing whatever they want to do. Until democratic societies reclaim privacy as a right for PEOPLE, and properly restrict multinational corporations from egregious flagrant damaging brainwashing & profiteering data thievery, it will only get worse. Challenge your real friends to drop FB and implement some intelligent tracker blocking into their online lives.

  4. I signed up so that I can post selfies and duck face shots daily. I want to grow my audience but all I get is hate mail. Maybe I should tweak and wear a thong or something, any suggestions?

  5. I’m kind of surprised by all the Facebook hate here. Just don’t provide personal information. All Facebook has from me is my name. No address, no DOB, none of the other “about” info.
    I find it a convenient way to share info with friends, post a few pics now and again, etc. I’m very careful about who I “friend”, meaning it is only people I truly consider friends. Plus I occasionally review the privacy settings.
    If you stay on top of the privacy settings, are careful about who you friend, and don’t provide all your personal info, you shouldn’t have any issues.

    1. Don’t worry, FB and all of its marketing customers have already figured out exactly who you are, where you live, what you eat, what you drive, where you tend to shop, where you are at any given time, etc.

      FB can predict much of your behavior even before you act on it yourself. The profiling is sickeningly powerful. Don’t assume that just because you didn’t offer a piece of data to FB that they haven’t pieced it all together.

  6. i have a good friend who lives inside her Facebook account and ……the stuff she posts is THE MOST BANAL COMMENTARY IMAGINABLE cuz it’s become her life and her life has become banal. it’s an ugly way to live a life.

  7. Maybe it is generational, but this early adopter never saw the value in FarceBook. I did see the potential for abuse and stayed clear.

    I am so tired of corporate America’s endless pimping of FarceBook to whatever end they see fit. I male it a point to email those of interest back to inform them that I would sooner lick a public toilet bowl than join FarceBook.

    BTW- in privacy world the NSA is starting to crack. A senior NSA official is publicly floating the idea of a blanket pardon of Ed Snowden in exchange for a full survey of what materials were taken and released.
    Flash-Judge rules NSA collection probably unconstitutional.
    http://flip.it/3DgvT

  8. There are two types of people on Facebook…

    1) People who know they’re on Facebook
    2) People who don’t know they’re on Facebook

    The point being that many (in reality not all) people have friends who are on Facebook who are posting pictures and other information about them.

    My advice to people who want to protect their privacy is to develop an online persona that represents who they want to be. Get ahead of it.

    Many employers today do online and social media searches of all applicants. You can score positive, negative or inconclusive. For many, being inconclusive is worse than a slightly negative score.

    All of this doesn’t mean you have to publish everything, but it’s something to consider in terms of putting out just some basic information about yourself, connecting with a few good people, and creating enough of a persona that someone searching doesn’t dive into deeper things that may reveal some things you don’t want revealed.

    Case in point… A few of my friends were trying to find a person from high school. I knew he had become a pilot at one point and there’s a public registry of pilots. So after no other online or social media search revealed anything about him, I searched the pilot database only to find that he’d been suspended (and then later the details of the suspension).

  9. We need to be talking about ways to use Facebook not deleting ourselves. Way too impractical for people who want to be in touch with others in the way they want to interact.

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