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Looks like facebook is at it again.

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9...ecognition

It's supposed to be for tagging convenience, but really isn't this straying into big brother territory, especially since they didn't ask permission? Users can manually adjust the settings of their account so they're names won't automatically become suggested tags to photos, but again, the users who take the least precautions in social networking are minors: the ones most at risk from this.
hehe, there's some scary shit out there,
i doubt it will cause problems as such. psychopaths
don't need facebook to find out who you are, nor do
rapists, burglars, or police.

all the above said, i think it a bit much for such a site to be
using face recog technology, it's getting way to over the top.
I know I regret ever signing up to Facebook. Sad
I only did to keep track of my wondering son. Tongue
And as Addy has pointed out .... it will be the young and least careful ones that will be at the greatest risk as usual.
I'm guessing that most Facebook users don't know how to set their privacy options safely and end up being too open.
i think a lot of people are sorry they joined.
sadly my life isn't interesting enough to get a mad female stalker chase
me down from a pic.
(06-09-2011, 03:59 PM)billy Wrote: [ -> ]sadly my life isn't interesting enough to get a mad female stalker chase
me down from a pic.
Oh good, you're not onto me yet...

I deleted my facebook account months ago and got rid of all the hangers on who had added me just to collect friends, then found I was amazingly good value and wouldn't sod off Smile Of course, I'm far too polite to just tell them to go, so I faked my death... well, in cyber terms, obviously. Now I have a tiny little account with a fake name and photo, so I'm not tremendously worried about facebook's privacy invasions -- but it does bother me that you have to opt in to greater privacy rather than it being a default setting that you can alter to make yourself more public.
it's perfect for the extroverted amongst us Wink

i do agree about everything being opt outable, it should really all be opt innable.
Too true. But it would make things so gosh darn inconvenient for Facebook, wouldn't it? Undecided How would they innovate, if they had to ask for permission all the time? After all, those 600 million lucrative accounts are practically their property anyway! /sarcasm

Seriously, it bugs me that they treat personal info like it's just online content (what's the harm in sharing a video? a podcast? a meme? It's the same thing, right?), ignoring that it involves real ramifications to real people.
(06-10-2011, 04:21 PM)addy Wrote: [ -> ]Too true. But it would make things so gosh darn inconvenient for Facebook, wouldn't it? Undecided How would they innovate, if they had to ask for permission all the time? After all, those 600 million lucrative accounts are practically their property anyway! /sarcasm

Seriously, it bugs me that they treat personal info like it's just online content (what's the harm in sharing a video? a podcast? a meme? It's the same thing, right?), ignoring that it involves real ramifications to real people.
you actually bring up a great point. i think it is the same thing .

There's a simple solution of course -- stop giving them all that content and they will collapse. Impossible? Yes, of course, there are too many people in the world who so desperately need to be seen by all their friends, even if said friends are only cyber-representations of half-people who couldn't make a friend in the real world and who would crumple into a heap if ever they said something that didn't get a "like" from someone.

I was having dinner at the pub the other night when I spotted a poster on the wall saying "find us on Facebook" -- and I thought, I'm sitting here in your bloody pub, I've already found you, what on earth could possibly make me want to be "friends" with a pub? I mean obviously I'm not going to piss the pub off, that would be counterproductive, but do I really need access to it via social networking when I have access to it via REAL social networking?

Facebook has set itself up as the "must have", first point of connection for people. When I first joined I went looking for school friends I'd lost touch with, found a stack, then realised that the reason I'd lost touch with them was because really I just wasn't interested in the crap they had to say. I used to post poems and essays on Facebook, then found them cropping up unacknowledged on pages of people who I can only assume were "friends of friends" or "friends of friends of friends" or somewhere down the track of 64 degrees of separation, which really pissed me off. Now, nothing goes on there that is of use to anyone else -- not because I'm precious about ownership (I certainly don't make any money out of it) but because I can't see why I should create something that then makes someone else's page more interesting than they could possibly make it themselves, given their pathetic and uninspiringly sad little existence.

Although now I'm tempted to find out if, along with face recognition technology, it also has arse recognition technology.
yes,the find us on facebook bit,you see it everywhere,i'm reading a newspaper[online] and it says somewhere find us on facebook or follow us on twitter,i don't really want to find out what that means,is it different from the thing i'm reading?
your both right
every shitty site you visit, newspaper you read or friend you have in the world asks us to
follow them on facebook. for all the screaming the press and the self righteous do about face recog, most of them will still be sending me invitations to farmville this and gangster that and i'll still be laughing as i ignore them.
[i had a few beers]I got a message from a trekking contact,you got a message from blabla on WAYNE,i tthought it was about a job so i clicked on a few thingies,no message i could find,next thing i noticed they hijacked my contact list and send everybody in it an email,srijantje left you a message on WAYN,i feel so F.embarassed . And that's how these social sites claim to have so many followers,i must be "friends"with millions by now:as:Confusedtfu:
i have a face book account :blush; but i also have very few friends Smile
i never join anything, or take part in this person has passed you a drink etc,
what's really needed are a few laws that actually stop them mining your info.
this new photo recognition system stands to make them an awful lot of cash.
otherwise they wouldn't use or create it. it's all about using the followers.
a million years from now if we're still around, facebook will be the god of choice.
hail facebook, thought art in heaven, blah blah blah though has recognised my face hehe