The most ridiculous brand of human being, in my opinion, is the one who responds to online privacy concerns with “Everything on Facebook is public. I don’t have anything to hide.” I’m interested in what these people say when they realize that Facebook automatically sends certain purchases to your profile without your permission, and that its cookies track and record every Web site you visit on your browser even when you’re logged out of Facebook. But hey, it’s all public, right?
That’s it. Game over. Just deleted my Facebook account.
Check this out – Yes Facebook tracks you even when you’ve logged out ? nikcub-static.appspot.com/logging-out-of-facebook-is-not-enough
Well, this doesn’t surprise me too much. After all, every one of us should be aware that we’re not Facebook’s customers. Facebook’s customers are advertisers. We are Soylent Green fed to the advertisers—aka, what advertisers pay Facebook for is made of people. Our eyes, our traffic, our behavior patterns. This is how big brother really works. It follows you where ever you go and knows whatever you do. If you don’t mind having your every move tracked and exploited by Facebook, they’ll be happy to provide you with a place to connect with friends and family and a place to post links, pictures and video that you can share with said friends and family.
I hate to sound jaded, but I don’t know if Facebook being all KGB on us is that big of a deal. I mean, so what? We’re being exploited. So? I mean, it’s lame we don’t get a bigger piece of Zuckerdouche’s financial pie (we just get the services Facebook offers), but in the end, what are we losing?
I’m not saying we’re not losing anything, it’s just that I’m honestly not sure what it is.