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The Truth about Facebook! Scared Yet?

Do you have Facebook? Do you use it regularly? Do you know when you open an account you have to give way rights to your information?

Social networks like Facebook are collecting databases that make the government’s pale in comparison. Who knows what they’re doing with all that information.

Speaking of government, you can be sure they’re tapping into it as well as potential employers. So do you think what happens in Facebook stays in Facebook? Then watch this video.

Are you closing down your Facebook page yet? Oh, if you didn’t know already, you can’t. Facebook never lets you delete your stuff if you have once uploaded something. They just close it publicly and whenever you feel like you want to open it up again you just have to log in. It’s that weird. So, are you scared yet?

I hate to say I told you so, but .. I told you so. If you’re not scared yet - then maybe you should be.

Written December 12th, 2009 by | 22 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Videos

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    Reply by: Curtisgw at 11:18 am said...

    @BLOGBloke Not really bloke Google is the same way and this video is 3 years old

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  2. New Video @ BLOGBloke: The Truth about Facebook! Scared Yet? http://www.blogbloke.com/truth-facebook-...

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    Reply by: Curtisgw at 11:18 am said...

    @BLOGBloke Not really bloke Google is the same way and this video is 3 years old

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  3. Oh no! The government or future employers can find out about what music I like! I may never sleep at night! You know that anything online can be hacked into, right? This is far from anything to be worried about.

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  4. Yes, well, I know why I don’t have a Facebook account. I heard that it was set up by the FBI in order to spy on people. Although that may not be true, I just don’t like the idea of it. There are people I haven’t been in contact with for over 15-20 years. Someone I cut ties with because of their crooked behaviour was asking another person about me on Facebook. I don’t think they get the message…LOL

    The people I want to stay in contact with already have my contact details.

    However, if you have a business that needs exposure Facebook can be good for that.

    My final year project at University was about Social Networking and its uses. The main issue with most people interviewed or surveyed was the privacy and security issues and concerns associated with Social Networking.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 11:37 pm said...

    @Munchkin, that’s a good point. Besides finding long lost friends we could end up with old enemies or creditors knocking on our door.

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  5. I thought that this was common knowledge and had been for a few years?

    The answer is to only post the information you are happy to make public. If there’s anything you would rather not be in the public domain, don’t broadcast it on the web. If you’d rather retain total anonymity, you’re best advised to not have an internet connection at all as the likes of Google, Yahoo, MSN and, of course, your ISP all harvest data that could be considered sensitive. However, this is now the way of the world and information gathering exists just as much in the real world as it does online - Health and Social Security data, motoring records, retail loyalty schemes etc. Most web stuff is gathered for pretty banal reasons such as targeted marketing and the like and, as the old adage goes, if you’ve done nothing to be worried about, then what is there to be worried about?

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 2:14 am said...

    @Martin @Not afraid .. yes, it may be common knowledge to some but with all of the newbies starting out it’s still worth mentioning.

    The difference between the search engines harvesting information is that Facebook encourages the divulging of private information and there doesn’t seem to be any mechanism for deleting it.

    At least we have the option to request the SE’s to not cache or index our site and/or to remove it from the database altogether.

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  6. More aware but not scared.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 3:30 pm said...

    @Curtis .. ditto on the aware .. but still scared :-)

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  7. Shocking…facebook! Some people put their whole life on it.

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  8. I think we have known for some time that social networks are collecting our information for targeting ads and following trends,wasnt that why Myspace sold for so much and microsoft bought a share in facebook ?.
    But they do seem to be collecting more and more info i guess Google know more about my interests now than i do.

    But is it any more invasive than having loyality cards for supermarkets and stores ?
    The know what i eat,drink and clean my toilet with it’s all logged in and they can also follow trends.

    I’m not scared just yet..

    Paul.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 12:03 am said...

    @Paul Crowe, that’s why I don’t fill out “loyalty cards” :-)

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  9. Ya, Its shocking about facebook, I will tell my friends also to watch this video, thanks for posting this article…!

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  10. awesome post man,keep them coming,very usefull for a full time blogger like me…i will try them out..

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  11. New Video @ BLOGBloke: The Truth about Facebook! Scared Yet? http://bit.ly/8aM0hI

  12. @Martin @Not afraid .. yes, it may be common knowledge to some but with all of the newbies starting out it's still … http://bit.ly/8jdEgd

  13. @Munchkin, that's a good point. Besides finding long lost friends we could end up with old enemies or creditors kno… http://bit.ly/8jdEgd

  14. @Curtis .. ditto on the aware .. but still scared :-) http://bit.ly/5iF3W3

  15. Is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Dr. Evil or a CIA operative .. you choose .. http://bit.ly/5Y3xvW .. http://bit.ly/5iF3W3 ..

  16. @Paul Crowe, that's why I don't fill out "loyalty cards" :-) http://bit.ly/8jdEgd

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