The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get
Reason #1 -- The whole idea makes my skin crawl. The world is full of lunatics and perverts and not all of them work for the NSA. The idea of everting my personal life onto the internet is, by my standards, insane -- especially when the repository for that information is in the hands of a corporation whose whole business plan is based on tricking/faking/forcing me to share ever more of my personal information online and mining ever more of my life for its advertisers. Now of course I don't want to force my standards on anyone else, but if you hand the keys to your innermost thoughts over to a for-profit corporation, don't expect me to be shocked when they abuse your trust for money.
Reason #1,781 -- So while I have a minimal F/B page, I stay off of it. And yet no matter what I say or do or don't say or don't do, I always have "14 messages and 1 invitation pending". As regular as clockwork (or fundraising letters from DFA -- "Dear Drift, Can you believe what these folks are up to now! Yadda Yadda. Latest GOP travesty! Sent us $5.") whatever I delete or respond to, "14 messages and 1 invitation pending". Suspicious!
Reason #1,782 -- Guess what information about you F/B is secretly sharing with strangers now!
On Second Thought …
Facebook wants to know why you didn’t publish that status update you started writing.
By Jennifer GolbeckWe spend a lot of time thinking about what to post on Facebook. Should you argue that political point your high school friend made? Do your friends really want to see yet another photo of your cat (or baby)? Most of us have, at one time or another, started writing something and then, probably wisely, changed our minds.Unfortunately, the code that powers Facebook still knows what you typed—even if you decide not to publish it. It turns out that the things you explicitly choose not to share aren't entirely private.Facebook calls these unposted thoughts "self-censorship," and insights into how it collects these nonposts can be found in a recent paper written by two Facebookers. Sauvik Das, a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon and summer software engineer intern at Facebook, and Adam Kramer, a Facebook data scientist, have put online an article presenting their study of the self-censorship behavior collected from 5 million English-speaking Facebook users. It reveals a lot about how Facebook monitors our unshared thoughts and what it thinks about them.The study examined aborted status updates, posts on other people's timelines, and comments on others' posts. To collect the text you type, Facebook sends code to your browser. That code automatically analyzes what you type into any text box and reports metadata back to Facebook.Storing text as you type isn't uncommon on other websites. For example, if you use Gmail, your draft messages are automatically saved as you type them. Even if you close the browser without saving, you can usually find a (nearly) complete copy of the email you were typing in your Drafts folder. Facebook is using essentially the same technology here. The difference is that Google is saving your messages to help you. Facebook users don't expect their unposted thoughts to be collected, nor do they benefit from it....