I find it becoming more and more annoying and trivial as I get older. I just have never gotten rid of it because I've consolidated. My Facebook account now only consist of family and my closest friends.
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Last edited by Fracture; March 17th, 2013 at 11:55 PM.
Facebook's a security threat. Want to find out someone's real name? Stick an invisible iframe up with a like link in it and correlate their IP address with the X liked you report. It tracks users who don't use it too but at least you can add it to your hosts file and 0.0.0.0 it if you don't have any other use for them.
It's not the only security vulnerability mind. If someone has masses of information about you and can follow you around the net it's questionable whether it really matters if they've got your name to go with it. With browsers ponying so much information about you up to any site that asks, it's easily possible to pick out 1 in 2 million or so. Your browser configuration will report things like what plugins you've got installed, what fonts, and the order that the fonts are installed and so on. No one piece of information of which is individually identifying but the composite of those vulnerabilities can serve effectively as a reasonably good global system identifier.
Oh and let's not forget about the wonder of super cookies and that your IP address doesn't change as oft as it should anymore.
I think you could justifiably say that there's not a lot of privacy on the web these days. It's just that unless you're standing on the other side of the system it's hard to see it because you're only seeing individual bits here and there.
And let's not forget the ubiquitous surveillance that's going on in other areas of your life. Everything you buy recorded and correlated, everywhere you go recorded, and face recognition tech and numberplate cameras and so on following you around... yessss. If the state hired people with cameras to follow you around there'd be outcry, if you stick them up a pole....
Suppose the point is what you get out of it. It can be a difficult service to get out of entirely even if there're only one or two people on there you find interesting. Especially if you've no other real means of communication. And it's not like there won't be costs involved in leaving if you use it follow people who promote interesting content - though that's more twitter these days really, most of what you like on Facebook is just used to bother you with advertising.
Dunno. I've often thought of just deleting/cancelling the thing. Just something I bother with less and less as time goes on.
... Only to discover that you're not actually erased from their database. Would you really suggest that any data they claim to delete is actually going to be deleted? Probably not.
General rule of the internet: Information is never lost.
Thank Physics for that.
Anyway, it's not worth bothering with those social network sites. Yes, I do have an account, but I don't really care about it Ė nor do I care whether I'll ever get off of it or not. It's not like I particularly panic about my privacy.
Others know about my sexual orientation? Don't care. Others know about my relationships? Don't care. Others know my political-, spiritual and religious views? Don't care.
1) Like everyone, undifferentiated niceness.
2) Hate everyone, undifferentiated hostility.
3) Change your focus in life to achievements that people you hate have little influence on and thus alter their relative importance.
Any would work, none are really practical.
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- Larry, Burn Notice
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