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Is Facebook Creeping You Out?

I've discussed before how much Beacon, Facebook's targeted-ad initiative, drives me nuts, but I assumed that after Mark Zuckerberg's speech that things were going to change for the better. Maybe not: When the associate editor of recently changed his profile to "engaged," he had no idea that Facebook would start spamming him with ads. He quickly did the math and realized that his fiancée had registered them on The, which just so happens to be a Beacon partner.

Although she opted not to have ads sent to their Facebook friends, Beacon is still tracking their every move on the site (see exhibit A above). Here's his hilarious summary about the situation: "Facebook, you might want to know I'm not an American Express cardholder. And also, I'm not going to buy that dress. Oh, and one more thing? How hard could it have been for American Express, your partner in advertising bliss, to check off "female" on this order form? Answer: Not very. Next time, try a coupon for discount tux rentals at Men's Wearhouse." On that note, have another look at the entire list of corporations partnered with Facebook's Beacon.

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kiwigeek kiwigeek 9 years
Facebook is still better than many of the other social networking sites out there, like bebo and tagged - these particular ones i'm sure were made to make money of the advertising!
LoLa-The-Great LoLa-The-Great 9 years
What happened to Facebook man.... it use to be cool and now its bleh...
CatAnnBur CatAnnBur 9 years
I like Sugar better than my MySpace or my Facebook site. There is so much more information to glean from the Sugar sites, than both of the afore-mentioned combined!
remedios remedios 9 years
Not a fan of either facebook or myspace, but have both. I prefer livejournal. It just seems more friendly to group communication.
gingereg gingereg 9 years
when facebook first came along and was just for college students it was fine. it was neat to find people you went to high school with and to catch up with people you thought you'd never see again. but once they started high school facebook it pretty much went downhill from there...then the companies came in, advertisers, now anyone with an email can have facebook...that's not really what it was intended for, but what it became.
courtney422 courtney422 9 years
Facebook was originally just for college students... and now it's not. It actually makes me angry that my mom or dad can have one. But I don't have any problem with facebook now.
Tech Tech 9 years
Hey SeaFoamGreen215, that is definitely an option. Since Facebook's Beacon is cookie based you could use a different browser for purchases (IE/Firefox). Just make sure you clear your cookies on the alternate browser and that you don't have any Facebook toolbars installed :)
SeaFoamGreen215 SeaFoamGreen215 9 years
hey geek, do you think that maybe if you used separate browsers for facebook and online purchases, that maybe they won't be able to track everything? i know it could be a pain in the butt, but maybe it would work?
scullylam scullylam 9 years
facebook makes me sad since they always have a dating ad on the page when i log on and it's always there, just because my status is "single." facebook is so disappointing.
Lala538 Lala538 9 years
Popsugar is like my iPhone... you get ALL of your need to know information from making friends, getting fit, celeb news etc.. all in one!! I LOVE IT! Why would you need Facebook and MySpace??
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
love facebook, hate beacon. love sugar more! = )
Shannern Shannern 9 years
I think that they should just trash it. An overwhelming majority of people hate it... Facebook is turning into Myspace/Microsoft. It's awful.
ncsouthpaw ncsouthpaw 9 years
I dont like myspace or facebook. Based on my opinion and seeing the actions of people I know that have them I think that they're just popularity contests. If you want to talk to your friends I think you should just talk to them in person or call or email them.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I don't use facebook. I like mysepace much more. It's more user friendly. I don't have a problem with too much spamming to weirdness on myspace. Maybe it's just because I only have true friends on my list. Facebook is just cumbersome and all this weird tracking crap they do is just annoying
demeter demeter 9 years
kia kia 9 years
With wedding planning activities set up a wedding-only e-mail account as well as "dummy" info in other places. Or else you will be hounded on the internet and in your mail box if you start going to bridal shows and using online planning sources. As soon as folks find out you are engaged a serious race is on to get your mooooola for your special day.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Myspace is crawling with sex offenders.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I have a Facebook account but I don't check it regularly since it's the most "ugly" networking site in the world. You have no options to , at least make your site nice looking. It's bland and dull. And in order for you to join their activities, you have to add their application..bummer. I don't like MySpace either. There are too way too much going on there---spams, stalkers and scams. I enjoy Multiply and Friendster more and I hang around in those 2 sites.
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
I have never been to Facebook. Call me lame but it is what it is.
Fancy04 Fancy04 9 years
MySpace is better :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
All set...
Tiinnaaaa Tiinnaaaa 9 years
I love facebook!! :)
Cris1192 Cris1192 9 years
I think it's really narcicistic, its just for people to post pictures of themselves and i prefer myspace or hi5
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
Good thing i don't believe in these online 'diaries'.
KadBunny KadBunny 9 years
Isn't that what privacy settings are for? Only my immediate friends can see my profile. Then again I've never had to experience the nuisance of ad tracking and so I'm slightly biased. Oh and ditto to the apps; they're incredibly stupid and the only reason why I accept is because the Ignore button seems so.. harsh. :(
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