100m Facebook Profiles Now Available For Download
Posted 28 July 2010 - 09:14 PM
I was going to post my own comment but I think I'll just respond to your's instead: Do you feel dirty looking at it? Sometimes when I'm repairing a PC for a customer (I do mobile PC repair), and the job requires copying or backing up data, I feel kind of dirty also. I'm looking at thumbnails of their collected pornography, file names such as Tax Return, Social Security info, etc. If a customer leaves me to work alone in their home I look around first and tell them about loose money, purses, or wallets laying there. I don't want to be accused of stealing something that they misplaced.
My point is that privacy is important. Facebook and other sites try to integrate everything so your left wondering what exactly is searchable and available for everyone to see? I don't feel comfortable putting out all this stuff for everyone to see which is why I don't have a FB account. Do I want really old friends poking their heads up to say hello on FB, or do I want them to have to do more work to find me. If it's important they will have to do more work than that to find me. I don't want or need 300 friends. Personally I just have email and a couple of phone number's. If someone I know wants to find me they surely know someone else that know's me that is currently in touch me and has my current phone number, or else there going to have to do some investigating beyond logging into FB. FB makes it too easy so your left with a lot of unimportant meaningless relationships that consist of glazing over, not even reading through loads of nonsense just to get to the stuff you really care about. Sounds fun huh? That's why FB in a couple years will lose half its user base just like MySpace. Don't get me wrong its a great site but only those who really care about it will be left standing.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 03:55 AM
WRONG. Removing your name from this directory does NOT remove the ability for Facebook users to search for you. It removes the ability for people to use EXTERNAL search engines (i.e. Google) to find you.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 12:54 PM
I am guilty of the same thing when it comes to Twitter. I have no use for the thing, refuse to use it and comment negatively on most things Twitter.
The rule is:
Put yourself or information on a "social networking" site and it IS PUBLIC!!
Posted 31 July 2010 - 10:47 AM
If you WANT privacy, don't use 'social networking' sites. Or be VERY selective about what you 'share'.
It's bad enough your ignorant friends and family and coworkers stick crap up on facebook and demand that YOU create an account to use it to gain access to things they could as easily have used a photo sharing site, or email to send to you. Succumbing to those unreasonable demands makes you an idiot, too.
As for scary, silly stuff, you could probably write a crawler that produced a genealogy of facebook users, trawling their walls for names and 'my sister|brother|dad|mom... etc.' Then, I dunno, maybe you could use it for your murderous organ harvesting operation. "We know 'X' is a match, and doing a recursive search, we find that 'Y' is a first cousin that 'X' doesn't talk to 'X', so we can kill 'Y' for her liver and no connection will be made backwards from our initial contact with 'X'.'
Posted 02 August 2010 - 04:26 AM
Posted 02 August 2010 - 11:24 AM
And that's only one tracker!
Thank goodness I'm not on FB, or any of those "social" sites.