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Really
08-16-2010, 03:35 PM
FYI: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/12/technology/personaltech/12basics.html?_r=1I have the geotagging feature turned off on my Blackberry camera, and I never allow geotagging in Facebook or Twitter.

Again, security online starts with the user. Of course, the best way to ensure your privacy is to not make use of any of the applications that are out there. The next best way is to make yourself aware of how your information is used, and use any available privacy features to protect yourself, and as someone else pointed out, take charge of your digital footprint by taking care in what you post.

Not really all that difficult...

danceronice
08-16-2010, 04:10 PM
can't be said enough. Why is this so hard for people to realize? I don't understand all the "privacy" outrage people have. Don't want it out there, don't post it. Pretty simple.

Seriously. Not hard. If you don't want people to see your photos, don't put them on the internet, anywhere, at all.

Stormy
08-16-2010, 05:43 PM
I agree with the sentiments here. I'm not "outraged" and I don't think it's an "invasion" because I'm choosing to use the service. And I also choose to take advantage of all the privacy settings offered. That said, I still don't put anything on there even remotely questionable, or anything that a potential employer could find offensive.

genevieve
08-16-2010, 05:57 PM
A couple of days ago I was listening to a coversation on the radio where they were talking about how Facebook makes its money, and it made me think how upset people were when they realised that Facebook was going to use their profile information for the purposes of customising the ads that you see...
But in actuality it is a really good thing for both the user and the advertiser. I never have to see random ads about male potentcy, or dating sites, etc, because I'm not in the target demographic.
This weekend I started getting a bunch of moomy group ads :scream: that I'm pretty sure appeared because I posted a picture of my visiting friend and her toddler. :sekret:

When I create an album of specific things, or specifically old pictures from high school or college, I tag, but I find if I'm just posting a pic I took, I don't tag. And I don't tag my teenage nieces, even though I'm FB friends with 2 of them. I figure if they want to be tagged they'll do it themselves.

There's only one photo out there that I want to untag myself - from college, a group pic and I just had really awful hair then. But I know if I untag myself some other well intentioned person will tag me again, so I let it be :lol:

gkelly
08-16-2010, 06:13 PM
This weekend I started getting a bunch of moomy group ads :scream: that I'm pretty sure appeared because I posted a picture of my visiting friend and her toddler. :sekret:

So did you tag it or caption it somehow with the word "toddler" or something along those lines?

Or were they able to make the connection from the image alone?

genevieve
08-16-2010, 07:08 PM
I don't think I used the word toddler or even child - I think I said something like "C with her cutie pie!" or even "spent the day with these lovely ladies". Creepy! :P

LadyGray
08-16-2010, 09:41 PM
gen, if you un-tag yourself in any picture on facebook, no one can re-tag you in that photo again (as far as I can tell-- I've tagged people in photos, then saw the photos again later and thinking that I'd forgotten to tag them in the first place tried to tag them again. However, an error message appears saying that those people have un-tagged themselves and can no longer be tagged in the respective photos).

Does that make sense? It kinda sounds like gibberish on the second read.

*Jen*
08-16-2010, 09:45 PM
I hate most of the targeted ads. I'm not in need of either diets or diapers, and it seems that's all my demographic ever gets. :P I suspect I'd be more interested in the ads targeted at males my age.

My targeted ads are wierd. They're very rarely in English, despite that being the language I use facbook in, so I don't know how targeted they are. More to the point, they're mainly in Dutch while I live in a French speaking city but the ads appear to have girls in bikinis holding drinks...so I guess they have my age, but not my gender?!

genevieve
08-16-2010, 10:08 PM
gen, if you un-tag yourself in any picture on facebook, no one can re-tag you in that photo again (as far as I can tell-- I've tagged people in photos, then saw the photos again later and thinking that I'd forgotten to tag them in the first place tried to tag them again. However, an error message appears saying that those people have un-tagged themselves and can no longer be tagged in the respective photos).

Oh! That totally makes sense. Maybe I'll try it. Most people who know me expect tragic hair from my 20s (er...and kinda now, too :lol: )

Evilynn
08-18-2010, 03:13 PM
Seriously. Not hard. If you don't want people to see your photos, don't put them on the internet, anywhere, at all.

With photos or videos it's a bit tricky though, because anyone can take your picture and upload it wherever. I'm still insanely grateful neither Facebook nor YouTube were around when I was a teenager. Although I suppose inappropriate photos might drown in the white noise eventually if everyone ends up having theirs posted online. :shuffle:


My targeted ads are wierd. They're very rarely in English, despite that being the language I use facbook in, so I don't know how targeted they are. More to the point, they're mainly in Dutch while I live in a French speaking city but the ads appear to have girls in bikinis holding drinks...so I guess they have my age, but not my gender?!

I don't know which online ad agency FB uses, but usually they want gender, age and area code/postal code at the very least. Google keeps more stats (creepily so, sometimes), but that's the bare minimum I've had to deliver to ad agencies.

danceronice
08-18-2010, 04:08 PM
With photos or videos it's a bit tricky though, because anyone can take your picture and upload it wherever. I'm still insanely grateful neither Facebook nor YouTube were around when I was a teenager. Although I suppose inappropriate photos might drown in the white noise eventually if everyone ends up having theirs posted online. :shuffle:
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Don't do things you wouldn't want to be photographed doing. I don't care if someone posts an ancient photo of my awful hairstyle from sixth grade--it's hardly defamatory. Or a photo of me holding a drink. There aren't any photos of me doing drunken stupid stuff because I don't engage in the behavior. If you DO engage in embarassing behaviors, the problem is really not that there are photos of it.

genegri
08-18-2010, 04:34 PM
Well, I think it's a bit more tricky than that. There are all kinds of reasons why I may not want others to see pictures and video of me.

Sometimes it's because the picture is downright unflattering (a little vanity issue, anyone :)), and other times it's because I do not necessarily want all my friends to know where I go and with whom I go.

Generally I just prefer to remain low key and not broadcast my daily activities, but with friends who are just so eager to post pictures, it has become a little hard to do so. Even if I can untag a picture, I can't delete it from my friend's wall.

Prancer
08-19-2010, 06:45 AM
Facebook's new feature should get some people excited:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-08-19/facebook-unveils-service-that-lets-users-share-their-locations.html

Really
08-19-2010, 03:16 PM
Be sure to go into your privacy settings and set the way you want "Places" to work. Here's description on how to do that (http://socialwayne.com/2010/08/19/how-change-your-facebook-places-privacy-settings-steps-screenshots/).

Evilynn
08-19-2010, 03:34 PM
Don't do things you wouldn't want to be photographed doing.

Like going to the bathroom? :P There are tonnes of things I do that I don't want photographed. Being sick from food poisoning, having nose bleeds, changing clothes, falling on my face, taking a shower, having sex, sleeping, chewing food are but a few.



I don't care if someone posts an ancient photo of my awful hairstyle from sixth grade--it's hardly defamatory. Or a photo of me holding a drink. There aren't any photos of me doing drunken stupid stuff because I don't engage in the behavior. If you DO engage in embarassing behaviors, the problem is really not that there are photos of it.

It all depends on how you define "embarassing". I do embarassing things while sober all the time (I'm somewhat of a klutz). If I wouldn't be okay with that I wouldn't be able to leave the house. Holding a drink is fine in private settings, but some recruiters might frown upon a photo of you on the dance floor holding a beer if you're looking drunk, even if you were relatively sober. Also it's one thing when it's adults, but teenagers do stupid and shortsighted stuff all the time and I find it a bit unfair that doing something stupid when you're 18 would be photographed by someone else and end up haunting you for the foreseeable future.