I “Like”d one thousand random Facebook pages, and so can you

Many people are up in arms about the upcoming . As they should be.

On the other hand come on, grow up already. Facebook is searching data that YOU VOLUNTEERED! What did you think they were going to do with it? Lock it up in a vault?

So what now? You can delete your Facebook profile and quit Facebook, as some have done already. But if you want to keep using the network to stay in touch with friends and online (and don’t we all?), this won’t do.

What then? How about you put up some insulation between yourself and Facebook AND VOLUNTEER SOME MORE DATA?

Here’s what I did today:

  1. Installed — a simple browser extension that stops Facebook from tracking your browsing data
  2. Installed — an ad blocking extension (self-explanatory)
  3. Liked over one thousand (mostly) random Facebook pages — to make my Facebook profile more, shall we say, challenging to make sense of

Items 1 and 2 above were suggested by the ever-resourceful . Item 3 is yours’ original. Neither item can possibly violate Facebook’s Terms of Service (TOS), although I can’t say for sure because I haven’t read them.


UPDATE January 22, 2013 12:09 PM: I just discovered  published in The Atlantic a few days before my post, which discusses the same issues (privacy and obscurity) much more eloquently.

UPDATE February 1, 2013 5:17 PM: Disabled Adblock Plus, mainly because it was causing performance issues.

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