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Old 04-26-2010, 09:11 AM   #1
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If you are irked enough by privacy changes at Facebook that you want to revert to the old ones, you may have discovered this is hard to do. Among other things, they seem to change or rearrange the settings very often.

Fortunately, Mashable has a page of specific instructions on how to control Facebook’s new and annoying “instant personalization” feature, either globally or on a case-by-case basis: “How to: Disable Facebook’s ‘Instant Personalization’ [PRIVACY].”

The article also explains why you may want to do this (or not).

Now if someone would explain how to stop Mashable from interjecting every page scroll with the same irrelevant video ad, that too could be useful. The video features cooking star Tyler Florence, and they must know I am interested in cooking, but showing the same ad every time I scroll from one part of the page to another is counter-productive at the very least.

   
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Old 04-26-2010, 03:21 PM   #2
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I can't read the article because of some bizarro reason after about 10 seconds, the page displays some Twitter crap page???

I have never been interested in FB and became even less interested (if that's possible) when I received unsolicited emails from people I know who are on FB asking me to sign up and/or friend them--I really hate the trend of making nouns into verbs!

From what I can figure, there is some setting in their accounts that harvests from their email address books sending out (what I consider) spam emails soliciting for FB. I haven't gotten around to emailing my friends to suggest they find whatever the option is and either turn it off or somehow exclude me from FB trolling...

UGH!

Edit: I was finally able to read the article by hitting the Stop button--not sure why there is some sort of auto-redirect on the page--and now I have one more reason not to join FB...'-}}


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Eew - I hope I haven't inadvertently sent you any FB invitations. Please do let me know if I need to turn something off. I've had no complaints so I don't think FB is sending out any unsolicited garbage to people in my address book.

   
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Old 04-29-2010, 11:04 AM   #4
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From what I can figure, there is some setting in their accounts that harvests from their email address books sending out (what I consider) spam emails soliciting for FB. I haven't gotten around to emailing my friends to suggest they find whatever the option is and either turn it off or somehow exclude me from FB trolling...
I don’t think there is a setting, but one is exhorted periodically to let FB solicit names on your e-mail list.

I have never (and would never) give them access to that! But I gather that quite a few people do.

   
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No...you were not one of the offenders...I would have let you know...'-}}

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From talking with my next door neighbor, she remembered some setting in FB about it using your address book (whatever) and she turned that option off--the default was set to on/allow as she remembered. I should see her in the next day or two and I'll ask her if she can remember the specifics...

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I don’t think there is a setting, but one is exhorted periodically to let FB solicit names on your e-mail list.

I have never (and would never) give them access to that! But I gather that quite a few people do.
Accessing Facebook with Firefox on my Macs - that is my experience also. I would have to tell/allow Facebook to send out such emails (which I have never done). i.e. It would take an action on the users part to generate the emails. Facebook won't do it without being told to go ahead.

   
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one is exhorted periodically to let FB solicit names on your e-mail list.

I have never (and would never) give them access to that! But I gather that quite a few people do.
Aha! Thanks. That explains the FB email I got the other day: supposedly my cousin's wife wanted me to be a "Friend". What creeped me out was that the email added that "You might also know these [6] Facebook Members". I do know all 6 of them, but there's no way any of them could have known my cousin's wife (unless you subscribe to the "Six Degrees of Separation" theory). So I was trying to figure out how Facebook linked me to all of these people. I guess some or all gave FB carte blanche to trawl through their address books and suck up my email address. Nice of them.

   
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I'm afraid the more I read about Facebook, the happier I am that I don't have an account with them...;-(

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Facebook won't do it without being told to go ahead.
So far, anyway.

They do not seem to use much caution in rolling out new “sharing” mechanisms, however. (I think they should announce it to members weeks in advance and include good instructions on how to avoid the new features. Or better yet, offer them only on an opt-in basis.)

   
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