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Re: Guide to setting privacy after Facebook Places rollout
I did one better. I never opened a facepalm, err, facebook, account. I looked at it from the start as a huge bunch of idiocy. From the very first I asked myself why I would want to publish so much info about myself. Never did come up with an answer as to why I would want all that info out there on the tubes that made any sense to me so I stayed away. I don't think I've been to the facebook site more than 2 or 3 times since it's been up, and those were by accident. When I found myself there I had done something stupid such as followed a link about music/a_musician, or something like that, and hadn't look at the domain name before I clicked on the link, just Google's little summation blurb....
I have the same attitude towards anything to do with geotagging. Why the hell would I want my exact location published? I can't think of anything dumber or more self-centered. I mean, who cares, other than someone who wants to rip me off when I'm not home, exactly where I'm at any certain time? And, no, I don't carry a cell phone either. Anyone who wants to talk to me can leave a message if I'm not home. I"m not obliged to make myself available to everyone 24 hours a day. I carried a pager/cell_phone/two-way_radio for 20 years that I had to respond to any time of the day or night or day of the week for work purposes, and when that was done said I'd never carry anything like that again. If someone wanted to talk to me they could just wait until it was at my convenience, and the side benefit is no tracking of every move I make.
The hell with all these little "conveniences" that can tell anyone who wants to track you exactly where you are at any given time. If anyone wants to track me let them do it the old fashioned way as that's a lot more expensive so they're much less likely to do it without me being a very high priority target. I lived most of my life before they became available and did just fine without them, so why do I need them now when they're such a privacy issue?
I pay for most things with cash for privacy reasons too. Nobody, including the government, needs to know every little thing I buy and from where. As far as I'm concerned, it was a far better world before all these "conveniences" became available.