Facebook is blurting out your private information

The Social NetworkFacebook has just released it’s new ‘socialization’ features in the form of API’s and widgets to it calls to be it’s “trusted partners”

I agree that Facebook is doing a mighty well job in connecting the web and making it more personalized for most people but then maybe this step is a bit too hasty for them. Sure, you have the option to keep your stuff private, but then Facebook has, by default, already checked the ‘instant personalization’ box for you. Meaning the moment you land into one of their “trusted partners” sites, your personal information has just been given away.

For some people, that’s a good thing. But then when most Facebook users are asked if they were for it or against it, we hear a resounding ‘no’. Gee, maybe because that’s why we call it ‘personal data’

For you to be able to turn off this ‘instant personalization’ feature, you have to do two things:

  1. Go to Privacy Settings which is under the Profile link then Applications and Websites and un-check the box at the bottom to remove Instant Personalization
  2. Click on the links to Yelp, Pandora and Docs.om on Facebook and click on “Block Application”

As such, some people are left quite disappointed with Facebook in their decision to personalize the web in this way. But hey, we won’t know for certain if this will benefit us in the long run or not. For me as an SEO specialist, my job is just to keep an eye on how to use social media and social networks to give my clients the best targeted traffic around wherever, whenever.

Facebook has just released it’s new ‘socialization’ features in the form of API’s and widgets to it calls to be it’s “trusted partners”

I agree that Facebook is doing a mighty well job in connecting the web and making it more personalized for most people but then maybe this step is a bit too hasty for them. Sure, you have the option to keep your stuff private, but then Facebook has, by default, already checked the ‘instant personalization’ box for you. Meaning the moment you land into one of their “trusted partners” sites, your personal information has just been given away.

For some people, that’s a good thing. But then when most Facebook users are asked if they were for it or against it, we hear a resounding ‘no’. Gee, maybe because that’s why we call it ‘personal data’

For you to be able to turn off this ‘instant personalization’ feature, you have to do two things:

  1. 1. Go to privacy settings which is under the profile link then Applications and Websites and uncheck the box at the bottom to remove Instant Personalization
  2. 2. Click on the links to Yelp, Pandora and Docs.om on Facebook and click on “Block Application”

And as such, some people are left quite disappointed with Facebook in their decision personalize the web in this way. But then, hey, we won’t know for certain if this will benefit us in the long run or not. For me as an SEO specialist, my job is just to keep an eye on how to use social media and social networks to give my clients the best targeted traffic around wherever, whenever.

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Comments

  1. SeoProgrammer says

    I think that you're absolutely right when you say "I agree that Facebook is doing a mighty well job in connecting the web and making it more personalized for most people, but then maybe this step is a bit too hasty for them."

    But don't forget that Facebook wants to earn as much money as they can!

    End in the end … If I want to keep something secret, I won't write it anywhere in the Internet!

    • Sean says

      True that.
      We certainly do not know for sure to which end Facebook will use our private information – but having such a large database of information about people surely gives them a huge edge. Information now costs more than physical properties and investing in information can just about make you filthy rich in the near future

  2. zarkocompare says

    "End in the end … If I want to keep something secret, I won't write it anywhere in the Internet! "

    That is the biggest truth today, i wouldn't be worried about Facebook, Google already has all the info and is sharing it everywhere along the net, and with all the add-ons and other type of spyware out there our info is free for grabs!

    • Sean says

      The internet is the key to the information age. Our information costs much more than physical properties. Google and Facebook are capitalizing and investing on gathering that information.
      That treasure of information can just about predict the nature and pattern and trend of people everywhere as human beings in general.

      Creepy? Perhaps
      But it's what's happening and we have to deal with it

  3. John says

    Thank you for the well written piece again. It is pretty scary at the lengths that these mega sites take to gather information. Thank you kindly for the instructions on turning off the instant personalization…

    We probably only know the basics of how Google gets the personal information that they do. I am scared to think of what other things they have planned to get even more further information. Time will tell!

  4. Bassam Freiha says

    I think Facebook is source of getting information.To use it I get many important information for my personal use.
    it most useful for every one.

  5. Karen Bagnol says

    Great article and I agree to this:”my job is just to keep an eye on how to use social media and social networks to give my clients the best targeted traffic around wherever, whenever…”

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