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I found to my horror that I had been put on Face Book sometime ago by I know not who (but have dark thoughts about). I deleted my entry and since then my spam e-mails have gone down by 90%. This cannot be a coincidence and I suspect that it is an information gathering exercise of no conceivable useful purpose exceept to enrich a small number of companies and put personal information into governmental hands.  

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12th Mar 2012 10:43

Cannot understand

why anyone would want to 'be' on Facebook - sad substitute for introspective folks that can't find real friends.

Some of my aquaintances say it is therefore ideal for accountants!

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12th Mar 2012 13:50

Cannot understand

So you cannot understand.  Why not let it rest at that?  But no, you have to imply that people who do want to be on it are sad and introspective.

People (and businesses) have many reasons for using Facebook.  Their decision to do so is as valid as yours not to.

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By Locutus
12th Mar 2012 14:32

How did you 'delete your entry'?
To delete your account on Facebook that someone else set up you would need to know the login e-mail address and password that the imposter used. I've been on Facebook for years (social rather than work) and have a login email used only for Facebook. I've never received a single spam email with that address.

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12th Mar 2012 14:44

That's' another story - but suffice to say that someone who knew my e-mail address used one of my passwords, which I  got on the 3rd attempt

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I've always wondered why businesses are on it.

To be honest I've only seen it once but I thought it was just for social networking. Wouldn't people have to 'become friends' with a business for them to see what the business is trying to sell ... why would someone join up to a commercial site to be sold to? Actually just ignore me; I've decided I have no interest in the answer to my own question! 

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12th Mar 2012 15:54

Nonsense

There is no connection between Facebook and your spam email.  The implication of what you say is that Facebook are selling your personal details to spammers (which is contrary to their own privacy policy).  If they did this, then you would be on the spammers list for a long time, regardless of whether you unsubscribed from Facebook afterwards.

Secondly, I have been registered on Facebook for ages and receive very little spam indeed.

Thirdly, your suggestion that the only purpose of Facebook is to harvest user's data is bordering on mental.

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12th Mar 2012 16:00

Have I got some aspect of it wrong- I was looking at it from the point of view of Facebook. How else can they justify a float price of $100billion if tehy are not selling personal information- it's not a gigantic love-in

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12th Mar 2012 16:18

Justifying float price

As I understand it, Facebook has the largest userbase of any organisation in the world.  The value of that level of subscription and frequency that those individuals come back to the site makes it a unique and amazingly powerful advertising tool if it can be leveraged correctly.  For every one person like you who "doesn't get it", there are thousands who love it and come back day after day to drone on about their pet cat.

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12th Mar 2012 16:35

I never did subscribe to the herd instinct but rather endorse the Groucho Marx theory that "I wouldn't want to belong to a club that had me as a member" 

I do think however that the founder/owners of Facebook are geniuses in how they have made money out of something that uses up a lot of other peoples' time.

It is only bettered by Twitter with it's 140 word precis of nothingness

 

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By Locutus
12th Mar 2012 16:46

Facebook business model

The business model of Facebook and indeed Google, YouTube, etc. is that they make money through targeted advertising.

These websites will monitor searches you are performing / groups you are joining / videos you are watching and put adverts you think that may apply to you somewhere on the website.  The website makes money if you click on any of these adverts.

Facebook would be pretty stupid to sell your e-mail address onto spammers (which is contrary to their privacy policy in any case), as it would quickly become apparent in the internet community and Facebook would lose users.  In any case selling several hundred million e-mail addresses to a spammer wouldn't really make that much money overall.  They would only be worth a fraction of a cent each.

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By JC
12th Mar 2012 16:53

Exfoliate ....

One of the historical issues has been removing items from FaceBook

Now there is an application that can do this as well as all associated links

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.worb.android.exfoliate

Of course FaceBook harvests data and with an imminent IPO are currently going through the process of reviewing everything with a view to monetising all data they hold - to think otherwise is naïve

This is why programs such as Exfoliate are a major threat to FaceBook because hiterto it has been almost impossible to remove you data - but now their search for monetisation is threatened

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12th Mar 2012 16:57

Part of the fun of facebook is wondering why a particular ad has been targetted at you. some are hysterical.

If the preferences aren't set propertly you do get a lot of facebook related emails

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12th Mar 2012 16:58

Indeed

Not many people seem to realise that 99% of Google's revenues (some US$ 37 billion in 2011) come from advertising.  Facebook only made revenues of US$ 4 billion but arguably hasn't tapped into the advertising potential quite as much as Google.

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12th Mar 2012 18:44

It does not surprise me.

Hi 

I know in Ireland, they have taken Facebook to court over keeping information about people who do not sign up. 

If someone decides to list you as their potential friend they have given your email address to Facebook.  Facebook have been keeping it on their records .   My Friend, who I murdered and I won,t use bad words but they set up their contacts through their mobile and then I got numerous text about been a  Friend and other stuff .   I had no spam texts till that point.  

I eventually changed my mobile number. So yes Facebook do keep loads of stuff about you, even if you have not signed up to them.  

Have a look at this,  if you have not already and, see the dangers of Facebook. 

http://www.takethislollipop.com/

Thats all I need to say.  It has scared many people and might think twice about Facebook if you have kids. Halloween come early .

I am not that bothered if someone is on Facebook ,  but it  annoys me if your out and your have some numpty from your family or friend taking loads of pictures and updating the text book on the smart phone instead of actually enjoying the evening. 

I do think Friends should ask first before they give your details, you gave it to them , not to Facebook. 

 

 

 

 

 

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12th Mar 2012 18:34

@sarah

Congrats, I think you're the first person to own up to committing a murder on AWeb :-)

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12th Mar 2012 18:42

not quite but nearly

But I was annoyed .  I saw them every week anyway.  I did,nt need to know what they did the other six days of the week. 

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13th Mar 2012 09:05

As a partial proof of my theory would any Facebook users try this. Disable your cookies before you try to access your Facebook account and see what happens

If you can be bothered report back

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13th Mar 2012 13:50

I would

but I'm busy 'tweeting' (is that the right word?) for new friends..

Hope I haven't upset anybody.

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