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« on: June 26, 2012, 07:24:22 AM »

Yup, Facebook was letting other users track you down geographically...I'm glad people made a lot of noise and this was pulled.  But based on past experience, I'm pretty sure it will rear its head again in another form.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/26/tech/social-media/facebook-pulls-find-friends-nearby/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

In other Facebook news, they have also changed users' default email address to the Facebook one, whether the user wants that or not:

http://money.cnn.com/2012/06/25/technology/facebook-emails/index.htm?hpt=hp_t2

Does anyone other than me wonder if Facebook is secretly controlled by some type of spammers/hackers/stalkers guild?  It seems like they are out to get their users, no matter what.
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2012, 09:21:23 AM »

Those are some of the reasons that I closed my facebook account. It's just easier all the way around, which is too bad because it can help get the word out to a lot of people (ie rescues, available pets, etc).
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« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2012, 03:43:14 PM »

Facebook's desire to mine and sell data, which can end up in the hands of the unscrupulous as well as marketers, is the main reason I do not have an account, either.  Seems like people should be able to connect and share with friends without taking these kinds of risks!  Facebook is arrogant in thinking that it knows what is best for its users.  Uh-uh!
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« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2012, 03:52:19 PM »

I haven't closed my account but am almost never on there. It just doesn't feel safe. My account has been hacked into 3 times already.
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« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2012, 04:05:57 PM »

My red flag went up when I heard the news about Facebook changing default email addresses-didn't hear about this other fiasco until this thread...
I liked going on Facebook but now a little bit less so. It does sound like they are drifting away from their original purpose and ...maybe going public has been part of the reason.

 
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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2012, 04:42:28 PM »

Never have and never will have a Facebook account!  Just being on-line has become risky enough without asking for trouble!   Roll Eyes 
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2012, 02:14:33 PM »

I don't like the way FB is run either. They need to work on keeping the hackers and spammers out instead of dreaming up new ways to network and sell your data. I've seen hacking occur, too, and it isn't pretty. I'm thinking though, that maybe credit cards also sell lists of addresses to direct mail marketing companies based on a person's buying habits. Maybe there's not as much risk involved for the consumer as the online stuff.

I have very mixed feelings about being there for all the reasons everyone has stated. My group never hesitates to complain about all that, too. I for one am holding out on TimeLine and they will have to come get me and drag me into it kicking and screaming.

There are several reasons I haven't quit, though. One is, it's enabled us to connect with a dispersed group of friends in ways we never would be able to do with the amount of busy, complicating factors in our lives.

The other thing we remember whenever we all get to complaining, is what happened during the days and weeks after the 4.27.11 tornadoes. Cell phone services throughout the state were off and on and other communications were hampered, too. Demands on everyone's time were enormous. But I did get my power back remarkably fast. Through FB we were able to route vital information, some from around town, some from outside the region, instantaneously. Seeing posts from certain friends was the first I knew that they were OK. Through FB, I knew who was working in the relief groups, and could post info for them I'd gained around the 'net about how certain rural areas still needed help. It would have taken long phone calls to make all those connections, but FB was instant. Relief groups had set up FB pages and that was another way to get info to them and from them. I know a disaster of that magnitude is a rare occurrence - we for sure never thought the whole state would be flattened in one day.

Those same relief groups are now circulating information about the Colorado fires. They haven't forgotten that some people from Colorado helped us. That's where I found the link on helping I posted on the summer thread.

The FB weather pages are now helping us plan for severe weather alerts and during actual events sometimes have the info before any other alert system.

And, there's the quick and easy networking for causes.

So, I'm very conflicted; I like the idea of a community bulletin board that reaches nationwide and worldwide. I don't like the way it's run, but I'm probably hoping we can complain enough to make the owners take notice. I don't like feeling I must check in every day to make sure I haven't been hacked.

All that said, a number of our friends just don't want to be on FB, either.  
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