Perhaps more people would think twice if the label for Facebook read:

Everything you say and do on Facebook will be used against you by advertisers for targeting that’s most likely to catch you at your most vulnerable, needy moment. Your consumption of the echo chamber timeline will lead to a narrower field of vision of the world. We may try to tinker with your mental well-being at any time, if we determine that a depressed state increases engagement on the A/B by any margin.
David Heinemeier Hansson – The price of monetizing schemes

What should I think about when I use Facebook?

What does this all mean? Essentially, it means that every single thing you do on Facebook, and if you’re logged in, on other websites, is potentially tracked by Facebook, and saved on their servers.

To be clear, every company currently does some form of this tracking of users. There would simply be no other way to measure operations. But Facebook has quite clearly been tiptoeing outside the bounds of what is ethically acceptable data business practices for a while. Even if Facebook is currently not doing some of the things I mentioned (capturing pre-posts, messing with the News Feed,) they’re doing very similar work and there’s no guarantee of privacy or not being used in an experiment. It also means if you’re not active on Facebook, you could still be tracked.

Every single like you gave a post, every friend you added, every place you checked in, every product category you clicked on, every photo, is saved to Facebook and aggregated.

And, as Facebook points out, There is no such thing as privacy on Facebook.

Essentially, what this means is that you need to go into Facebook assuming every single thing you do will be made public, or could be used for advertising, or analyzed by a government agency.

Please take your time to fully read this piece by Vicki Boykis (published over Github): What should you think about when using Facebook?

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It’s been a while since I posted something in this Linklog category of the blog. While not all the topics on the next issues will be topical, I am sure you’ll find some good stuff, that’ll make you thing over the topics they talk about. Here’s today selection…

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Given the silence in this period, here’s a 7 link bonanza. Also: will the latest two post convince your colleague to drop Comics Sans on his presentations at work?

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