Since 2006, anyone who claims to be at least 13 years old has been allowed to become a registered user of Facebook, though variations exist in the minimum age requirement, depending on applicable local laws.
Facebook may be accessed by a large range of desktops, laptops, tablet computers, and smartphones over the Internet and mobile networks.
In fact, I’m willing to bet an extremely large majority of people who are outraged by this data capturing and spying revelation have a Facebook account; one of the most in-depth personal information gathering services ever known to mankind.
So I thought I’d do a little digging and put together a list of just some of the information over 1 billion Facebook users are providing willingly every single day. As a Facebook user, you’ve got to be willing to provide data about some of the most specific and personal elements of who you are to a public company with investors, shareholders and government ties. Pretty much your entire online life is being handed over here. And you know this information is for sale too right?
What’s even crazier is that a large portion of people on Facebook have public profiles, which means anyone can find this information with a simple Google search. I’m not talking about to the shady deals to the highest bidder in some corporate Facebook office either (although… Selling your data is the public facing, completely non-secretive business model of Facebook.
But imagine what else could be done with this amount of intricate data?
Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California.
The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew Mc Collum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
Some of that information can be quite interesting or useful, while some of it can be downright scary.
It’s worth noting that graph search has the power to divulge your personal information quite rapidly to friends or strangers, so please do re-check your Facebook privacy Every time Facebook releases a new feature to learn more about our friends, many people realise that their privacy settings are not adequate anymore.
Using the Platform, Facebook launched several new applications, including Gifts, allowing users to send virtual gifts to each other, Marketplace, allowing users to post free classified ads, Events, giving users a method of informing their friends about upcoming events, Video, letting users share homemade videos with one another, and social network game, where users can use their connections to friends to help them advance in games they are playing.
Many of the popular early social network games would combine capabilities.
If you’ve read a news website, turned on the TV or not been under a rock over the past few weeks, then there is a good chance you’ve heard of a guy named Edward Snowden. This article isn’t suggesting to stop using platforms like Facebook, but be aware of what you are really handing over in order to play Farmville, ‘Like’ that businesses fan page or follow Bon Jovi’s tweets.