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ViveBene
November 25th, 2007, 06:32 AM
Dear Facebook users:

I read a disturbing article in Friday, Nov. 23, Chgo Tribune: Facebook has a new program that allows retailers (Overstock, Fandango, about 40 others so far) to show/share YOUR purchases in such a way that others can see them:

"The new program lets companies tap ongoing conversations by alerting users about friends' activities through the feeds."

You get a small box in the corner of your Web browser that tells you information is about to be shared with Facebook unless you click "No thanks." You have about 20 seconds to do so, then the box goes away.

There is no way you can say "No thanks" once and for all to these marketing tools, more of which are coming to Facebook.

Has anybody with a Facebook account had any experiences with retailer-shared information?

On catalogs: there is a new online site for opting out of catalog receipt: catalogchoice.org. Catalog Choice is a project of the Ecology Center (save trees) and endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the National Resources Defense Council.

Regards, VB

ALM
November 25th, 2007, 10:47 PM
On catalogs: there is a new online site for opting out of catalog receipt: catalogchoice.org. Catalog Choice is a project of the Ecology Center (save trees) and endorsed by the National Wildlife Federation and the National Resources Defense Council.

THANK YOU for posting this link! I have already signed up. I can't believe how many unwanted catalogs I throw away.

Anna Lea

poolraat
November 30th, 2007, 06:00 PM
It looks like enough of their users complained that they have done an "about face" on this. Now for these retailers to share your information you need to "opt in" to this feature.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071130/ap_on_hi_te/facebook_about_face

ViveBene
December 1st, 2007, 04:23 AM
It looks like enough of their users complained that they have done an "about face" on this. Now for these retailers to share your information you need to "opt in" to this feature.


That's good. However, I suspect the high degree of interconnectivity on social sites like Facebook will continue to be irresistible to marketing efforts.

Now for those catalogues...

VB

smontanaro
December 1st, 2007, 08:14 AM
So far so good with Catalog Choice. It hasn't been long enough to have actually stopped anything yet, but 'tis the catalog season so whenever we get something if neither Ellen nor I want to receive it I "decline" it at catalogchoice.org.

Skip

ALM
December 1st, 2007, 10:54 AM
So far so good with Catalog Choice. It hasn't been long enough to have actually stopped anything yet, but 'tis the catalog season so whenever we get something if neither Ellen nor I want to receive it I "decline" it at catalogchoice.org.

I've been doing the same thing. It says it takes 10 weeks to get them stopped.

Anna Lea

Sandy Yaygo
December 7th, 2007, 08:25 PM
I use them for starting fires! I love junk mail, it keeps me warm in the winter.