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(KTAR Phoenix)   Since not enough of you were using the feature on Facebook that lets users limit who can find them on the social network, Facebook is taking it away   (ktar.com) divider line 68
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2013-10-11 09:08:00 AM
Never heard of it. It's like they weren't really pushing it or anything.
 
2013-10-11 09:11:35 AM
WARNING!!! FACEBOOK HAS CHANGED THEIR PRIVACY SETTINGS ONCE MORE!!! DUE TO THE NEW "GRAPH APP" ANYONE ON FACEBOOK (INCLUDING OTHER COUNTRIES) CAN SEE YOUR PICTURES, LIKES, AND COMMENTS. The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post DONE! Those of you who do not keep my information from going out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don't want strangers to have access to!!! This happens when our friends click "like" or "comment"... automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on "FRIENDS" (also without clicking), then down to "Settings", click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on "LIFE EVENTS" and "COMMENTS & LIKES". By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page, I will do the same......
 
2013-10-11 09:15:52 AM
Facebook who?
 
2013-10-11 09:16:19 AM
So glad I never joined Facebook or any other social spying network.

#like
 
2013-10-11 09:17:36 AM
On the Internet, if something is free, you are not the customer, you are the product.
 
2013-10-11 09:18:07 AM
Facebook.... That is the site college kids used to use to hook up and spy on their crush but has been taken over by advertisers and people who never outgrew high school right? I thought for sure it had been myspaced already.
 
2013-10-11 09:18:30 AM

MemeSlave: On the Internet, if something is free, you are not the customer, you are the product.


Hi product, how are you today?
 
2013-10-11 09:20:17 AM
Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.
 
2013-10-11 09:20:26 AM

Carth: Facebook.... That is the site college kids used to use to hook up and spy on their crush but has been taken over by advertisers and people who never outgrew high school right? I thought for sure it had been myspaced already.


It hasn't crashed and burned like MySpace (yet) but it's clearly been supplanted by twitter
 
2013-10-11 09:20:53 AM
I joined FB when it was significantly less stalky. The fact they did all this stuff after many people joined should open them up to legal repercussions. Years ago someone posted a link here describing how to actually deactivate your account (not just put it into a searchable state of hibernation). Wish I had kept it bookmarked.

Well played, CIA. Well played.
 
2013-10-11 09:22:26 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.


This.  My wife uses it to hide from her crazy ex husband.  I guess Facebook saw an opportunity to increase revenue by 0.01%
 
2013-10-11 09:23:44 AM
ha!  the best news about fb changes is reading my sis-in-law's posts about how she is so angry with the constant changes and how she wants it to go back to way it was.  then a vague reference to a protest or a petition.  then she goes back to inviting everyone she knows to play poker & collect farm animals.  followed by gooey pics of heart-stopping desserts and poorly crafted memes about Obama being the devil.  in 3...2..
 
2013-10-11 09:24:30 AM
I don't want to be searchable, that's pretty lame.
 
2013-10-11 09:24:39 AM
People still use Facebook? How adorable!
 
2013-10-11 09:28:55 AM
meh, someone can find your name
 but not your info or pictures
I'm from norway and don't use my face as my main pic
seems so simple
 
2013-10-11 09:29:38 AM
I never trusted it anyway.  It's a big part of the reason that I use a fake name on FB.

That said, does anyone have any experiance or commentary about Diaspora?
 
2013-10-11 09:29:41 AM
Meh. I use a fake last name and city on Facebook. Anyone who needs to connect with me on Facebook knows how to find me. Long lost girlfriends have to resort to stalking on Linkedin.
 
2013-10-11 09:29:51 AM
Stalkerbook
 
2013-10-11 09:31:49 AM
Privacy is so last century. Get with it folks!
 
2013-10-11 09:32:06 AM
Is this the thread where I mention how superior I am because I don't use Facebook?
 
2013-10-11 09:34:08 AM

unlikely: WARNING!!! FACEBOOK HAS CHANGED THEIR PRIVACY SETTINGS ONCE MORE!!! DUE TO THE NEW "GRAPH APP" ANYONE ON FACEBOOK (INCLUDING OTHER COUNTRIES) CAN SEE YOUR PICTURES, LIKES, AND COMMENTS. The next 2 weeks I will be posting this, and please once you have done it please post DONE! Those of you who do not keep my information from going out to the public, I will have to DELETE YOU! I want to stay PRIVATELY connected with you. I post shots of my family that I don't want strangers to have access to!!! This happens when our friends click "like" or "comment"... automatically, their friends would see our posts too. Unfortunately, we cannot change this setting by ourselves because Facebook has configured it that way. PLEASE place your mouse over my name above (DO NOT CLICK), a window will appear, now move the mouse on "FRIENDS" (also without clicking), then down to "Settings", click here and a list will appear. REMOVE the CHECK on "LIFE EVENTS" and "COMMENTS & LIKES". By doing this, my activity among my friends and family will no longer become public. Now, copy and paste this on your wall. Once I see this posted on your page, I will do the same......


That is not what those settings do.  If you follow that advice, all that will happen is YOU won't see that friends Life Events or Comments & Likes unless you specifically go to their timeline and look.  But, even if you do as suggested, if you "Like" one of their pictures, your friends will see them. That is the whole point of the "Like" button, to show that comment/pic/whatever to your friends.
 
2013-10-11 09:35:38 AM

stuhayes2010: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.

This.  My wife uses it to hide from her crazy ex husband.  I guess Facebook saw an opportunity to increase revenue by 0.01%


My wife works in a security job and doesn't want people to be able to find any information about her.  She was hidden from searches unless she specifically added you.

She'll probably leave facebook now.
 
2013-10-11 09:35:53 AM
A single digit percentage of 1.2 billions is still at least 12 000 000 users.  Fark you Facebook, I was using this feature!
 
2013-10-11 09:36:41 AM
If it isn't broke Facebook hasn't messed with it enough.
 
2013-10-11 09:37:35 AM

EngineerAU: Meh. I use a fake last name and city on Facebook. Anyone who needs to connect with me on Facebook knows how to find me. Long lost girlfriends have to resort to stalking on Linkedin.


Yeah... My name is extremely common/generic, and my Facebook pictures are some black guy with a giant afro.  They're more than welcome to think thats me.
 
2013-10-11 09:37:47 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.


Yeah, what the hell.
 
2013-10-11 09:39:37 AM
Facebook isn't for smart people.
 
2013-10-11 09:39:42 AM

here to help: The fact they did all this stuff after many people joined should open them up to legal repercussions.


Unlikely as you have no contract. Nothing of value has been exchanged.
 
2013-10-11 09:40:26 AM

ElwoodCuse: Carth: Facebook.... That is the site college kids used to use to hook up and spy on their crush but has been taken over by advertisers and people who never outgrew high school right? I thought for sure it had been myspaced already.

It hasn't crashed and burned like MySpace (yet) but it's clearly been supplanted by twitter


http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/facebook.com

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/twitter.com

Nope.  facebook has more users, a lower bounce rate, more time spent on the site per user and higher pageviews per visitor.  The only site that consistently outperforms facebook in metrics is google.  Twitter is still the 3rd largest social networking site, behind facebook and linkedin
 
2013-10-11 09:40:56 AM
I was using it too, but the individual settings for who can see posts, wall, personal page are considererd by FB to be of more importance, with respect to security. If that's so, why bother to remove the setting? It's all for them and always has been.
 
2013-10-11 09:41:50 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.


Facebook reply to that :
Domestic abuse survivors can just suck it up and control what audience their posts, photos and personal info are targeted to (and hope Facebook doesn't screw up or just decide to remove this feature...)
 
2013-10-11 09:42:27 AM
Yet another reason why I'm glad I shut down my account more than a year ago.
 
2013-10-11 09:44:59 AM

flak attack: ElwoodCuse: Carth: Facebook.... That is the site college kids used to use to hook up and spy on their crush but has been taken over by advertisers and people who never outgrew high school right? I thought for sure it had been myspaced already.

It hasn't crashed and burned like MySpace (yet) but it's clearly been supplanted by twitter

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/facebook.com

http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/twitter.com

Nope.  facebook has more users, a lower bounce rate, more time spent on the site per user and higher pageviews per visitor.  The only site that consistently outperforms facebook in metrics is google.  Twitter is still the 3rd largest social networking site, behind facebook and linkedin


Where were both sites 5 years ago? Using one point in time doesn't seem like the best way to establish what way they are trending.
 
2013-10-11 09:48:23 AM
Instead of removing it, they could try making it, um, what's the word...? "Visible". Easy to find.
 
2013-10-11 09:51:39 AM

carrion_luggage: People still use Facebook? How adorable!


Yeah. The article said 1.2 billion people, or one out of seven people on the planet. Bu thanks for looking like a moron.
 
2013-10-11 09:53:40 AM

Alonjar: EngineerAU: Meh. I use a fake last name and city on Facebook. Anyone who needs to connect with me on Facebook knows how to find me. Long lost girlfriends have to resort to stalking on Linkedin.

Yeah... My name is extremely common/generic, and my Facebook pictures are some black guy with a giant afro.  They're more than welcome to think thats me.


There's probably a gang of mad-dog killers looking at that photo:  "That's the guy that ripped us off, but he's using an alias.  Find his address and let's pay him a visit."

/probably followed by a "bwahaha"
 
2013-10-11 09:53:52 AM
I don't care, no one is looking for me.
 
2013-10-11 09:55:05 AM
Ok, they say only "single digit percentage" of people use it.

That could mean 100M people of the 1.2B people.

Then again, half of those people on FB are fake, so it is more like 100M out of 600M people.

And those 100M are the ones that ACTUALLY went in and turned this feature on since it is an OPT IN thing.

I like how they try to trivialize it like no one wants to remain private.
 
2013-10-11 09:56:12 AM
looks like its already gone. thanks facebook. dickbags.
 
2013-10-11 09:57:32 AM

Herb Utsmelz: Is this the thread where I mention how superior I am because I don't use Facebook?


No, this is the thread where I mention how superior I am since I never even thought about joining that mental fecal fest that is Facebook.
 
2013-10-11 09:57:37 AM
never found a reason to use facebook

and shiat like this just seals it
 
2013-10-11 09:57:40 AM
Facebook is primarily marketed as a way to find and/or be found by people online. With this feature activated, it doesn't do anything that any real blogging website can't do better.

Still, I can see why some people might say, "I have enough friends, I don't want to be found by any more weirdoes!" But given that this is pretty much what you're signing on to when you join FB, it makes sense that the option is rarely used, and probably cuts into the money they make from by selling friends lists and browsing histories to marketing agencies.
 
2013-10-11 09:58:34 AM
What's a facebook?
 
2013-10-11 09:59:23 AM
Okay, which one of these is going away again?

i.imgur.com

Facebook is mainly just a "log in to save game data" account for me anyways. Honestly though, I think I like Google+ a lot better than Facebook.
Well, the can't find thing isn't on Google+ though, you're always able to be found, you can control who can send you messages and the like, but that part is still messed up a bit.
Still, it's a shame not many people use Google+, as it is a really nice looking service, just... has no users on it.
 
2013-10-11 10:02:29 AM
"C YA LATER FBK YOLO LOL"

said the average Facebook user in response.
 
2013-10-11 10:11:41 AM

Alonjar: EngineerAU: Meh. I use a fake last name and city on Facebook. Anyone who needs to connect with me on Facebook knows how to find me. Long lost girlfriends have to resort to stalking on Linkedin.

Yeah... My name is extremely common/generic, and my Facebook pictures are some black guy with a giant afro.  They're more than welcome to think thats me.


This. Mine is not that uncommon either, although not nearly as common as say Bob Smith, and I have a picture of The Doctor as my profile image. Good luck.

Course, that also goes on the initial thought I give an actual damn if people look at my profile. I don't. It's public. I don't have an address/phone number on there so I really don't care what you look at about me.
 
2013-10-11 10:12:59 AM

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.


Probably shouldn't be broadcasting your life on Facebook if you are hiding from an abusive ex.
 
2013-10-11 10:19:02 AM

Pichu0102: Okay, which one of these is going away again?

[i.imgur.com image 785x384]


Who can look up your timeline by name?
 
2013-10-11 10:26:50 AM

Pincy: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: Was that the feature that allowed domestic abuse survivors to avoid being found by their abusive exes?

I'm sure this will go over well.

Probably shouldn't be broadcasting your life on Facebook if you are hiding from an abusive ex.


Well they weren't broadcasting it before. They had to individually reach out to people they know and trust.
 
2013-10-11 10:34:54 AM
I had just finished tweaking family's profiles for the levels of expected privacy... This is going to piss people off.
 
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