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03-27-2009 03:35 AM

FYI to all lumberjocks…..After some discussion about facebook on this site….I have cancelled my facebook account. One of the things that made me do that was the fact that I was not able to delete some of the pictures that I had on facebook. In other words….once its on….it’s on and you can’t delete them! I’ve had some strange vibs about the site for some time but now I just didn’t feel comfortable with it at all! Call me an old-fart but when I can’t remove something from my computer, I get a little worried. I hate to think that all that info is still there to be accessed by anyone with a little computer know-how.

Anyone else out there feel the same way??

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 04:14 AM

yep…..from another old fart

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 04:18 AM

In fact,they never close or cancel an account, instead, they inactivate it. I feel the same way, I “cancelled” that crap several months ago.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 04:30 AM

I’m not a big fan of Facebook as it mostly seems a bit narcissistic, but it is a decent way to connect and stay connected with people that you don’t see everyday.

With that said, I think the disadvantages of them storing info (as many other companies already do and have for years) don’t yet outweigh the advantages. The reactions above seem a little “Area 51” to me. If I wanted info on someone there are far better ways to get it than photos on Facebook. You’d be shocked at what I could pull on most people by lunchtime, and I’d get it from people you know and trust.

On another topic, do you want your medical records purged everytime you leave the doctor? Or do you only pay your bills and such in cash? If no, you are already leaving a massive amount of useful data out there in the ether :) And that’s only the tip of the iceberg.

You should read Carl Sagan’s Demon Haunted World, it should make you a bit more skeptical the next time you ponder possible conspiracy theories…..



-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 05:04 AM

I’m with you prez.
I don’t need to know everything about everybody, and I don’t need them knowing everything about me.

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 06:39 AM

Too bad you didn’t give it a bit longer. I’m sure you aren’t deleting photos correctly. I have dozens of friends and family and no one is experiencing such problems. Glad you have LJ’s.

-- Just 'cause a cat has kittens in the oven, it don't make 'em biscuits.

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#6 posted 03-27-2009 02:39 PM

To give you an example of the invasiveness of facebook…..a few weeks ago I got a message from my niece who asked me to join this particular group. I found it strange as this wasn’t like her, so I sent her an email asking her about the message. She said she had never sent anything like that…..SO ….....who sent it and why??? The are more and more of these types of requests from “friends” who want you to go to different sites or join a group. I understand where the carver is coming from and yes there’s not much we can do about all that data that’s out there about us but it makes me feel better that I’ve reduced the amount of personal information that people can harvest about me.
Enough said…...........oh, and yes, glad I’ve got LJ and I won’t be deleting that anytime soon!!!

-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#7 posted 03-27-2009 07:21 PM

If it wasn,t for face book i wouldn,t of found my daughter after 20 years or the hundreds of ex girlfriends that were dying to find me .
As far as pictures go , i have never had a problem deleting them . We live in a paranoid world i guess .

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#8 posted 03-28-2009 04:05 PM

I use e-mail if I’m not typing in a forum like this. I have no interest in Facebook or any of the other programs like it.

-- David, Southern Indiana

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#9 posted 03-29-2009 05:31 PM

My understanding of the Facebook picture thing is that once you post something anywhere on the web, including LJs, it’s always there. Other people download it and deleting it from your computer or your account doesn’t delete it from anywhere else it was deposited. This fuss got started, I thought, when Facebook tried to make this plain in there user agreement when in fact it’s always been that way. They have made other changes a lot of people don’t like. I’ve not used it long enough to recognize the changes.

Is this a misunderstanding on my part? I’m also connecting with old friends from high school, 30 years ago, on Facebook. I don’t know of any other way.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#10 posted 03-29-2009 05:47 PM

As you can tell, I think privacy is very important.

-- ??? My mistakes heat the house. It's very warm in here. ???

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#11 posted 03-29-2009 05:54 PM

Ok, unknownwoodworker, give it up. Who are you?

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#13 posted 03-30-2009 02:57 AM

Let me first stat that the only reason I now have a Facebook account is because a nephew, on an exchange program in China while attending Florida State University asked family members to sign up so we could see the pictures he was posting on his travels. This was August 08 and it was absolutely cool seeing him in is travels. Since then, I have reconnected with friends from high school, grade school and Kindergarten! I have networked with differant groups and garnered business and simply had a great time.
As far as deleting pictures….No Problem. None, Nada…
I really don’t feel like living as a paranoid on some of these “social networking” places and so, i won’t.
Do to the demographics I have read as it relates to the folks on Facebook I would submit that yes, you are an “old fart.” Nothing personal but past a certain age, Facebook is not ones cup of tea.

-- David,

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#14 posted 04-10-2009 12:21 AM

I am on facebook and I do also like it due to the fact I also found old high school buddies, etc. I also know what you are talking about, getting notifications for things you did not or never wanted to be notified of. I think and I do say THINK that the niece thing happened due to one of her friends who probably did it. That’s their way of getting these “Friends” together. I also can tell you that YOU and only YOU decides who can see things you post on facebook and to whom you want to share these things with. In other words if you want Aunt Becky to see a picture but not your friends mother, you can do that in the settings part. Just like here at LJ’s you can get e-mail notifications for some things , all things or nothing. It is all about what you put in your settings. I will agree that I feel out of all the places out there that I have tried, facebook seems to be a bit complicated. I have mine set up with nothing but my family and my “Real” friends. But there are members of my family that are not going to be interested in say pictures of my town, and there are going to be pictures my friends really are not going to be interested in of my great Aunt Bertha. So it really is all in the settings,with that said I will repeat that this old fart (me) has had a hard time navigating the place, and if it were not for the fact that on facebook I am updated constantly by those I love the most I too really probably would not be using it.
And one more thing, I also had no problems deleting any pictures. So perhaps that was something you did not understand, just like myself in many of the aspects to it.
It comes down I think to what each of us wants to share and receive in the big picture of the W.W.W.
And Prez, I have not met you yet here at LJ’s, so first I would like to say HI! and second therefore I do not know (since I have not been to your homepage here yet) if your real name is used, but as sad as it is, it is also true, once we put our real names out in Cyberspace, there is nothing that can’t be found. Just like I wrote in another thread here, I had made a facebook account for personal,(family and friends) and told no-one and I will be a son of a gun if I was not “found” by those I never even chose to inform I had started a facebook account.
You may be shocked if you use your real name on the internet for anything, try Yahooing your name or Googling your name. It is AMAZING what you can find by doing that. The internet is now loved by me, and a gazillion others out there, but I say use it with your very own discretion, because as we all sadly know, YOU CAN and could be followed by those you would rather not.
One of my sons asked me to join MYSPACE. I did not want to, but like a fool I did, and I was instantly sorry. It took me almost 4 weeks to get off of there.I was sooo upset by it. As soon as I signed up I realized it was the LAST place for a 50 something year old woman, yet I know alot of older than that folks on there and they love it!
It was nice meeting you.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#15 posted 04-29-2012 12:32 AM

How do you cancel your account with lumberjacks? I don’t see away to do so.

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