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Facebook Ads: Users Offered More Control
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6/21/2014 | 4:28:14 AM
Re: We're in agreement
Is your implication that I am a non-techie or that my family is non-techie? If it is my family, then yes they are. They are also my only "friends" on the site. I don't "like" brands or join groups or post anything public. I particularly hated when all names became public. But if you want to smear Facebook without contributing some actual critique of their site or policies, then make your own comment and do not piggyback onto mine simply to be a bit sneer-y and seemingly superior. Your point (whatever it could have been) is lost and you look like a crank or troll.
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/13/2014 | 11:18:27 AM
Re: OPT out of FaceBook
No, but I probably should. When I'm using Google search, Chrome browser, and an Android phone, there's an acceptance that Google is tracking me. But with Facebook, it feels like they've crashed a party. It's not a Facebook search engine, browser, or mobile OS. So why do they have their paws on my stuff that should be outside their purview?
Kristin Burnham
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6/12/2014 | 8:13:31 PM
Re: OPT out of FaceBook
Do you use anything for Google, too?
Shane M. O'Neill
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6/12/2014 | 6:08:45 PM
Re: OPT out of FaceBook
If I install the Facebook Disconnect add-on for Firefox (I just did), will that be enough to keep Facebook off my arse?
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6/12/2014 | 4:26:14 PM
Re: We're in agreement
>I find that Facebook gives me a convient way to stay in touch with my family, so no opting out for now. 

Facebook is the Internet for non-techies.
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6/12/2014 | 3:48:58 PM
We're in agreement
I agree with both of the previous commentors: I do not trust with Facebook with my info and that the ads are largely irrelevant since they are based on completed behaviors, i.e. I bought the shoes already, I don't need to keep seeing ads for something I now don't need.

I find that Facebook gives me a convient way to stay in touch with my family, so no opting out for now. But I do deploy a couple of ad blockers and Facebook Disconnect to keep them from tracking my web browsing (of course, logging out helps). As for mobile apps from Facebook, no way are those getting on my device. Almost anything that Facebook creates an app for has been done better by someone else before their also-ran came on the market.

I suggest you opt out of Facebook's personalized ads from their web page because if you have been smart about your Facebook use, you will see no real difference afterwards.
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6/12/2014 | 3:07:12 PM
Short sighted, as FG almost always is
What these shortsighted wannabes miss (as well as Goog & the others) is that what I was browsing for yesterday is NOT what I am interested in today.... It is almost amusing, if it wasn't so aggrivating and irritating. It's like Amazon's "suggestions" based on previous purchases - WHY in the world would I want to buy TWO OR MORE of the appliance I just bought???? These "ad men" will never learn because they are so blind to anything except their own faulty, self conceived concepts.
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6/12/2014 | 2:53:03 PM
OPT out of FaceBook
I bailed on Facebook over a year ago. Best thing I ever did. Advertising was part of the reason to do so. Also, recently was looking for an app for my phone and as I was investigating if it would meet my needs checked to see who owned the app - Facebook...no thanks.

Why be like this? Well, I know many companies are after my online behaviors, etc - Facebook isn't the only one, of course, but Facebook is doing and has been doing for many years what this article discussed. Even in "aggregate, non-specific" form - I don't believe in letting a company do what it wants with my information. I realize there are probably other companies (including Facebook) doing this - if you're online, your information is being collected, mined, whatever - constantly. There's money in it. I just know that my efforts make it harder for them.

It'd be different if the public (the public that thinks about it!) trusted these companies. I don't - even when they try to put forth that they care, are careful, etc. - I just don't.


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