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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.

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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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An open letter to ABC News regarding audio auto-play on their website

Today I sent the following letter to ABC News via the US Postal Service:

December 3, 2012

ABC News
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Re: ABC News website and audio auto-play

Dear ABC News:

I urge you to reconsider the current practice of auto-playing multimedia content when a visitor loads your website () in their browser. The audio auto-play is particularly egregious. It is unexpected, startling, annoying. It wastes bandwidth and user CPU resources. It is poor internet etiquette.

I have discussed the issue with my social media contacts, and I assure you that many internet users feel the same way. Users agree that your practice generates ill will (as a simple Google search will assure you). Users are looking for (and finding) ways to block your domain from their systems. This puts Disney in the company of porn purveyors.

Whatever the benefits of this practice, they are surely outweighed by the long-term damage done to your online properties and the Disney brand. I trust that you will give my letter serious consideration, and will consequently give users more control over what content they consume (and when) as they visit your website.

Respectfully:
{signed}

Atanas E. Entchev
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More Doctors Smoke CAMELS than any other cigarette!

US magazine ad from the 1960s 1946:

“According to repeated nationwide surveys, More Doctors Smoke CAMELS than any other cigarette! THE DOCTORS’ CHOICE IS AMERICA’S CHOICE! For 30 days, test Camels in your ‘T-Zone’ (T for Throat, T for Taste).

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More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette
More doctors smoke Camels than any other cigarette — magazine ad from the 1960s.

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Oblivious A.T. is the personal blog of Atanas (A.T.) Entchev. A.T. writes about whatever strikes his fancy, usually revolving around sailing, bikes, tennis, and technology.

Occasionally A.T. interrupts his blogging to run a  based in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

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