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Stirring the Pot

Fair warning: This post has nothing to do with food.  It does have everything to do with social networking.

Facebook recently unleashed another new service. The ability to “like” content from third party site. And then the media stirred the pot about how Facebook is now sharing all of your personal information across the web  and without your consent. And I cry foul. Loudly.
First off, Facebook is a social networking site. It’s heart and soul is sharing information about you with other people. In Facebook’s case, they are VERY upfront about what information of your’s they will share and will always give the opportunity for you to opt-out. But, at the end of the day, they put YOU in charge of what information YOU will or will not share.
Every time Facebook adds a new feature, folks on Facebook freak out. If you don’t want to share information on the internet, stay off it. You will leave your electronic footprint all over the web as you engage in various blog discussions, forum discussions and social networks.
Here’s what Facebook posted on the page when notifying users of the newest change:

You can easily opt-out of experiencing this on these sites by clicking here or clicking “No Thanks” on the blue Facebook notification on the top of partner sites. If you opt-out, your public Facebook information can still be shared by your friends to these partner sites unless you block the application.

and:

To learn more about the different ways you can find Facebook across the web and manage your privacy on these websites, visit our Help Center.

Be responsible for your personal information. But don’t be a “chicken little”. Read the fine print. Make appropriate changes. But don’t be a doomsayer. If you don’t want to share information, then don’t.

Sorry, but I’m ticked at the moment and needed to vent.

Scoots.

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