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Hey! Facebook Wants You!

Posted by Bill on November 30, 2007

The Washington Post carried an article today about Facebook’s use of an advertising Beacon to spread the buying habits of Facebook members around to their friends and contacts.  Quote from article: “Sean Lane’s purchase was supposed to be a surprise for his wife. Then it appeared as a news headline — “Sean Lane bought 14k White Gold 1/5 ct Diamond Eternity Flower Ring from overstock.com” — last week on the social networking Web site Facebook.

See Washington Post Article.

Social sites like Facebook, MySpace and others are an entertaining feature of the Internet, but watch out!  Many people put a lot of personal information on these sites.  Above is an example of what can happen to your private, personal information if you are not very careful.  One of many investigative techniques is searching the social sites for personal information required for a legitimate investigation. 

Bill Lowrance

President PIAVA

president@piava.org

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One Response to “Hey! Facebook Wants You!”

  1. orangeinv said

    Well put Bill, I agree. But I think users have to draw the line between how much info should be given out on these social network sites. I think social network sites are a great medium for people to exchange info and get info on those they want to find, chat with, learn about, meet up with, etc. I think there is a psychological aspect that is incorporated as well. It boils down to personality, extroverted people clog up the network with a load of personal info. Introverts seem to be more cautious with information that’s public. I have a couple business associates who use Facebook for personal use, and most of them, including private investigators, use their real info when socializing on the site. In my personal opinion, I would not use my real date of birth in a public profile, but I may use it on a profile that is only visible to “friends” though. And that’s what it comes down to…do you want to be seen by others, or just keep to your own network of contacts. With exposure, there’s always risk.

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