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Facebook Denies Collecting Unpublished Posts
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Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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1/6/2014 | 2:40:57 PM
Your data and your perspective
While Altimeter Group's Li said you shouldn't worry about Facebook tracking your unpublished posts, users are automatically uneasy when it comes to companies owning their information -- whether it's something they give up willingly or unknowingly.

Readers: How has your stance on the information you're willing to give up in return for a service changed over the last several years? Are you more lenient or more cautious?
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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1/6/2014 | 3:41:19 PM
Re: Your data and your perspective
I barely use Facebook. I maintain an account there mainly to communicate with friends who aren't tech-savvy.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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1/6/2014 | 5:54:54 PM
Ooops ...
I'll  bet that report writer never foresaw the firestorm. Just goes to show, no good deed goes unpunished.
SaneIT
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1/7/2014 | 7:35:16 AM
unpublished activities
They may not be actively tracking unpublished posts but I bet they are paying attention to who's pages you are checking out, which links you are following and how often you check out a fan page or read an individuals posts.  That type of data is very worth tracking for them in order to drive advertising your way.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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1/7/2014 | 9:13:43 AM
Re: unpublished activities
@SaneIT yes, the metadata that reveals so much about us. Even without knowing what we've written, knowing whom we connect with, like, follow, etc. gives them quite a detailed profile that they can sell to marketers. 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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1/8/2014 | 7:23:25 AM
Re: unpublished activities
When we talk about metadata on social media sites I always think about the apps that I see for catching "cheating spouses" or that show you who is "stalking" your profile.  There is a real interest in who is looking at specific sites and profiles so I don't think we'll ever escape the collection of that data but it does make me wonder what FB is doing with it.  One thing I've seen that disturbs me a bit is that individuals who have become good at social engineering have become vigilantes on social media sites.  While the end result does sound like a good thing in some cases when I look at it their main goal seems to be extortion not so much protecting anyone else.
OtherJimDonahue
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OtherJimDonahue,
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1/8/2014 | 10:43:36 AM
But on the downside...
Facebook does, however, suck time out of your day.


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