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    Just a thought, what if you just fill out your profile with the minimum of info...try not to post in anger, don't include your address, phone, or anything past maybe state/city...only include pics of stuff you don't mind others seeing? It is an imperfect compromise, but its what I do. Thought I used to be able to navigate around
    better. Now I look at "my" profile, and say, "What is this mess?"

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    Eh, it's a tough spot. I'm of the position that I'd rather have some control of my image/presence.

    I put a limit the information I put on facebook, I enable do-not-track options (for those that respect it) and I have tracker blockers (for those that don't). (Just like with ad blockers, it's important to use them with care; I'll let some analytics do their thing here, but I basically universally block social network tracking.)

    Fun note: Every time a website has an "embed on social network X" button, that button effectively lets that social network know that you were on that page.

    If only as a fun experiment, for Firefox users, look up addons like ghostery, DoNotTrackMe, and Collusion for a really eye-opening picture of who is tracking you, and how that information interacts. News sites (ironically, often including articles decrying snooping/tracking) tend to be the worst offenders.
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    I know that FB has its detractors. Everything does. As stated by RL & Chibae, I am enjoying re-connecting with friends, co-workers, family, and classmates. I am also enjoying the new friendships that have been created, as well as having the opportunity to play Scrabble and Words With Friends. BTW, my signature has the link to my page, in case anyone is interested.

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    It gets a bit insidious than simple intellectual property issues. If Facebook can use anything thing you post for advertising without your explicit approval. Suppose your likeness or something you've written is used in an advertisement. And your material is presented in such a way as to make it seem you are endorsing (or not) whatever the ad represents. And suppose your actual views are the opposite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Not a Number View Post
    It gets a bit insidious than simple intellectual property issues. If Facebook can use anything thing you post for advertising without your explicit approval. Suppose your likeness or something you've written is used in an advertisement. And your material is presented in such a way as to make it seem you are endorsing (or not) whatever the ad represents. And suppose your actual views are the opposite.
    I suspect that this is true, as well as the other thoughts expressed in the thread & I have no idea whether I will someday join this insidious time-suck.

    However, given the number of people who are members, it does strike me that the issue of FB actually using anything of mine for their profit-driven (or other) motives - is one of principle more than the actual reality -- kinda like a reverse lottery (in a lottery - you hope you will win...).
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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    I suspect that this is true, as well as the other thoughts expressed in the thread & I have no idea whether I will someday join this insidious time-suck.

    However, given the number of people who are members, it does strike me that the issue of FB actually using anything of mine for their profit-driven (or other) motives - is one of principle more than the actual reality -- kinda like a reverse lottery (in a lottery - you hope you will win...).
    My thoughts exactly. This whole time my impression of this thread has been along the lines of, 'Who feels they are so important as to actually warrant the attention of Facebook's marketing campaign?' Opposing the precedent that Facebook sets is understandable, but the complaints sound more egotistical than likely. Besides, there is something called Google that is much more effective at "knowing" you.

    Also, the idea of it being called a waste of time is a bit silly (even though it is..), considering where this complaint is being lodged (a time-sucking plant forum).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mato View Post
    the complaints sound more egotistical than likely. Besides, there is something called Google that is much more effective at "knowing" you.

    Also, the idea of it being called a waste of time is a bit silly (even though it is..), considering where this complaint is being lodged (a time-sucking plant forum).

    I'd just like to stress these two points.

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    I seriously doubt that pictures of my plants, cats, and family are going to elicit a whole lot of marketable attention!

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