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OneWorld



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Does Facebook know more about me then I do?
      #988482 - 20/05/12 09:53 AM
Today I get yet another email, seemingly, from Facebook telling me "I have more friends than I think on Facebook" and in the past "You have a new friend on Facebook, log on now" So it seems I have friends in this world I didn't know about but FB does?

Well that's odd, seeing as I don't have a Facebook account, and being the cynical object that I am, have never been convinced by the cuddly chuckle-butty 'I'm just a friendly geek' personna that Zuckleberger portrays don't wash with me, they seem a ruthlessy pervasive organisation that's not quite what it seems - and if you're reading this Zuck, I don't want anymore of your spam, so thanks but no thanks.


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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: OneWorld]
      #988493 - 20/05/12 12:35 PM
I hate that 'people you may know' feature. I really don't want to turn up in other people's anyway, and yet there's probably nothing we can do about it except delete the account. But FB is too useful for making music connexions for me to do that.

I was also worried when I read that if you get the same people cropping up in that friends box, it could be because they're stalking you (i.e. because they keep looking at your profile facebook assumes a stronger connexion). But I doubt this, I've noticed it's usually just those with more mutual friends in common.


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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: OneWorld]
      #988501 - 20/05/12 01:11 PM
It's probably not really from Facebook. I closed my Facebook account down more than two years ago, but I sometimes get these e-mails. However they don't come to the e-mail address I used for Facebook, which is why I treat them with disdain.

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Dave Gate]
      #988506 - 20/05/12 01:37 PM
You can't close down your FB account. Its like Hotel California. You can check in any time you like but you can never leave. They will only 'deactivate' the account. Not close it. Which begs the question how many of those 900,000,000 accounts they claim to have when they are selling advertising space or having an IPO actually exist? My guess is they couldn't care less what they know about you. The pervasive, aggressive marketing is mostly designed to dupe more money out of investors and advertisers. The whole thing is like a huge, legal ponzi scheme.

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Frisonic]
      #988515 - 20/05/12 02:08 PM
Quote Frisonic:

You can't close down your FB account. Its like Hotel California. You can check in any time you like but you can never leave. They will only 'deactivate' the account. Not close it. Which begs the question how many of those 900,000,000 accounts they claim to have when they are selling advertising space or having an IPO actually exist? My guess is they couldn't care less what they know about you. The pervasive, aggressive marketing is mostly designed to dupe more money out of investors and advertisers. The whole thing is like a huge, legal ponzi scheme.




If this is the case then they know even less about my current circumstances than they think they do, as I was married when I last used said account.

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Dave Gate]
      #988529 - 20/05/12 03:59 PM
Quote Dave Gate:

they know even less about my current circumstances than they think they do




But they don't care if what they 'know' is true or not. Or even if you actually exist. Only that they can convince their revenue providers that their profile of you is worth targeting resources at.

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Frisonic]
      #988535 - 20/05/12 04:34 PM
Quote Frisonic:

Quote Dave Gate:

they know even less about my current circumstances than they think they do




But they don't care if what they 'know' is true or not. Or even if you actually exist. Only that they can convince their revenue providers that their profile of you is worth targeting resources at.




This is a good point. Did I include my love of Ferraris, hand-made chocolates, vintage Moog modular systems and so on in my profile? I can't remember, but hope to hear from providers of the above in due course.

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Dave Gate]
      #988536 - 20/05/12 04:42 PM
When the marketing world forms an overinflated idea of your personal wealth the literature that drops through your letter box can be quite entertaining! Personally I haven't got squat, although I somehow manage to leave a trail of evidence around some unlikely places. There's always someone disappointed not to have sold me a lear jet or the like. Truth is my budget is more Easy Jet!

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: OneWorld]
      #988581 - 20/05/12 09:44 PM
I'm not even sure whether my budget would stretch to EasyJet at the moment. But maybe next year . . .

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Re: Does Facebook know more about me then I do? new [Re: Dave Gate]
      #988591 - 20/05/12 10:48 PM
Don't worry Dave. This is a lousy year to travel to or from anywhere from the UK, regardless of budget mate!

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