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Old 28 August 2010, 08:11 AM
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Comment: Found this on facebook:
PLEASE NOTE! Facebook launched facebook "places" yesterday. Anyone can
find
out where you are when you are logged in. It gives the actual address
& map location of where you are as you use facebook. Make sure your
kids know this. To UNDO: go to "account" "account settings"
.."Notifications" then scroll down to "places" an...d uncheck... the 2
boxes.
Make sure you SAVE changes and repost this!!

This cannot be correct, can it???
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Old 28 August 2010, 08:44 AM
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Looks like they've added the ability to "check in" to locations, which isn't the same thing:

http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=418175202130
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Old 28 August 2010, 10:37 AM
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What's really weird [to me, at least] is the number of people who are tweeting or FBing with some kind of location tool on.
Not only do I not care that g.you've found wi-fi hotpoints at the mall, library, dentist, bakery, mall, cafe, bookstore, mall again and at home... well, duh! g.you [mostly people who 'work from home', mind you!*] just told the entire universe that you spent the day at the mall.
Again.


*and are ruining it for the rest of us, who really do!
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Old 28 August 2010, 12:17 PM
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A friend of mine posted the same with this additional text as a comment:

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Then go to privacy settings and look for all the check-in options - there is one that says your friends can check you in to places even if you don't want to yourself, so disable this option too. Pass it on!
I replied with:

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I think this is just the usual FB scaremongering.

Places only works with mobile devices and it only shows your location if you tell it to. It doesn't just log your location automatically.

If someone ever tags you at a location, you get a notification asking if you want to be tagged at that location and whether you want people to be able to tag you. You won't just appear there.

All the info is here: http://www.facebook.com/help/?topic=places
There's nothing that you have to worry about or change!
Additionally, the first few settings that they're telling you to turn off are just whether or not you receive email notifications, nothing to do with anything else.
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Old 28 August 2010, 02:45 PM
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"stalker" told his friend "There's nothing you have to worry about or change". Uh-huh! Suuuuure....
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Old 28 August 2010, 07:53 PM
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"stalker" told his friend "There's nothing you have to worry about or change". Uh-huh! Suuuuure....
I always forget that my nickname has a real meaning! It's rhyming, it has nothing to do with me following people home (that's just coincidental).
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Old 29 August 2010, 01:25 AM
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People warned me that this application would be turned on by default, but I'm not the only one who checked my privacy settings and found that it wasn't.
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Old 29 August 2010, 01:45 AM
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It wasn't turned on by default for me, either. I wondered if facebook software was smart enough to predict your preferred setting based on you other settings. For instance, I'm strictly "Friends Only" and have a lot of stuff turned off, so I wondered if that was why Places was off for me.

Facebook makes me realize how poor - or selective - a lot of people's reading comprehension is. It's the same people over and over who fall for stuff like this, despite seeing other status lines with the correct information. It's the same people over and over who fall for the stupid OMG!!CLICK HERE malware crap, despite seeing warnings on friends' walls. It's the same people over and over who post the copy-and-paste status updates with the guilt lines. Do people really believe that it's "special education day" over and over and over again, every time they see it?
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Old 29 August 2010, 01:52 AM
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Do either of you have Facebook on your phones? I have a Facebook app for my Blackberry and I'm wondering if that's why I was automatically signed up for this new thing. I opted myself out.
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Old 29 August 2010, 01:53 AM
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Mine was on by default, and my profile is locked down pretty hard.

Given Facebook's myriad and frequent privacy fails and their poor initial explanation of Places, I don't think anyone (including me) was unreasonable in assuming the worst at the outset.
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Old 29 August 2010, 02:02 AM
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Do either of you have Facebook on your phones? I have a Facebook app for my Blackberry and I'm wondering if that's why I was automatically signed up for this new thing. I opted myself out.
My profile is entirely Friends Only, and the only thing I can do with my phone is make phone calls.
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Old 29 August 2010, 02:06 AM
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Do either of you have Facebook on your phones? I have a Facebook app for my Blackberry and I'm wondering if that's why I was automatically signed up for this new thing. I opted myself out.
You might be on to something there. I use Facebook mobile on my Droid Eris and as I mentioned about I was opted in.
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Old 29 August 2010, 02:10 AM
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I wonder, chillas. Because my profile, photos, etc are almost entirely "friends only" with the occasional "friends of friends" and not a single category is marked "everyone." I'd say my profile is fairly locked down. I don't even allow friend requests unless the person is already friends with someone I know.
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Old 29 August 2010, 04:48 AM
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I don't use Facebook mobile but the ability for friends to check me in to places was enabled by default. I had to go change it.
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Old 03 September 2010, 09:42 AM
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Cell Phone Facebook's Places workin' for the weekend

The new feature allows users to alert others to their location via smart phone ó especially handy for a night on the town.

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/aug...ebook-20100829
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Old 03 September 2010, 09:45 AM
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Cell Phone Technology Aside, Most People Still Decline to Be Located

Internet companies have appropriated the real estate businessís mantra ó itís all about location, location, location.

But while a home on the beach will always be an easy sell, it may be more difficult to persuade people to start using location-based Web services.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/30/te...0location.html
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