24 April 2010

Feel free to Like me



I'm nothing if not an early adopter. At the bottom of every post there's now a Facebook Like button. When you click on that button, an announcement that you like that post will appear on your Facebook page.

I debated whether or not to jump on this bandwagon but then I read about the dossiers Facebook'll be able to assemble on everybody with its new functions. By clicking Like after one of my posts, it will go into your permanent record. When Facebook then turns around and sells its dossier on you to an advertiser, that advertiser will know that you like me. Eventually, the advertiser will realize that it can eliminate the middleman, drop its ads on Facebook and then buy very expensive display ads from me instead. Thanks Facebook!

6 comments:

  1. Paul love the fonz great post

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  2. Thanks Jon, I couldn't find an image of that Like Button so I used what I could find. And thanks for telling Facebook you liked it. Hah!

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  3. Not quite sure I understand all of this. I did note as of this week, there is a new Facebook privacy setting called "Instant Personalization" that shares data with non-facebook websites and it is automatically set to "Allow." Until I do "get it" I unchecked "allow" in my privacy settings in "Applications and Websites". Hmmm???

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  4. I unchecked it as soon as I found out about it on Thursday too. It pays to stay on top of Facebook's upgrades and ever-evolving privacy settings. But it's a free service and because it's free, users have very little say over where their information ends up. Facebook has to make money somehow and watch the way people freak out over rumors of making it a paid site. For better or for worse, Facebook's here to stay.

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  5. i like you! and i like this idea so much, i stole it! thanks!

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  6. All the cool kids have Like buttons now Christian. Welcome to the cool kids' table!

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