This help article is for Facebook users who are not happy at all about Facebook Instant Personalization. What, again?!
If you haven’t heard of it, log in to your Facebook, click “Account” (upper right button next to “Home” and “Profile”), then choose “Privacy Settings,” and click “Applications and Websites.” There you’ll see something that has just been added: Instant Personalization.
Select partners can personalize their features with my public information when I first arrive on their websites
Where did this come from? A CNN news explains. Facebook calls this new model the “Open Graph,” and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this is “the most transformative thing we’ve ever done for the web.”
Ironically, the “Open Graph” was not so open to me, a Facebook user. Without my knowledge, I was apparently sharing information about me on CNN and other websites that are partners of Facebook in this new scheme.
And so I unchecked “Allow.” But things don’t end there. After I unchecked “Allow,” this message popped up:
Allowing instant personalization will give you a richer experience as you browse the web. If you opt-out, you will have to manually activate these experiences. Please keep in mind that if you opt out, your friends may still share public Facebook information about you to personalize their experience on these partner sites unless you block the application. Learn more.
In my head it’s saying something like, C’mon, you know you want this. Besides it’s not enough that you disallow this application from this page. If your friends who allowed this app want to share stuff about you, they can still do that UNLESS YOU BLOCK THE APPLICATION. Then I realized blocking the application will be another step in this process – just because Facebook didn’ ask me first if I wanted this or not!
Clicking on “Learn More” takes you to an overwhelming page of text. A lot of text. But this is just what you need: How do I opt-out of instant personalization?
Facebook’s answer to that is this:
You can opt-out of instant personalization by disallowing it here. By clicking “No Thanks” on the Facebook notification on partner sites, partners will delete your data. To prevent your friends from sharing any of your information with an instant personalization partner, block the application:Microsoft Docs.com,Pandora,Yelp.
So the next question is, how do you block these applications? Click each application above takes you the application page. On the top left panel, you will see the button that says, “Block Application.” Click that.
Take one step further. Go to this link to have some kind of control over “what your friends can share about you.” The seemingly innocent quizzes, these Whatevers of the Day applications, even the games, pulls up information about you through your friends. So if you want some control over that, uncheck all you want. I’m saying “some kind of control” because frankly, I don’t trust Facebook. I’m only there because I enjoy seeing my friends’ most recent photos – those that they willingly, deliberately and consciously showing me.
If it does not freak you out that a website partner of Facebook knows so much about you, you don’t have to do this. But if you want to protect your privacy and you don’t want Facebook making decisions for you when it comes to sharing information, then you have to do this.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday (April 21) that more than a billion “like” buttons will be scattered all over the Internet in the next 24 hours. Do Facebook users really like it? (I don’t.) If you clicked on a “Like” button anywhere in the sites of Facebook partners, then you’ve defeated the purpose of blocking Instant Personalization.
Zuckerberg says, “We’re building toward a web where the default is social. Every application and product will be redesigned from the ground up to use a person’s real identity and friends.”
CNN reports that Facebook Instant Personalization/Open Graph has “more than 30 content partners, including The New York Times, Yelp, the music site Pandora, ESPN and the Internet Movie Database.”
The thing is, Mr. Zuckerberg, what’s on Facebook is not my real identity. Those are little parts of who I am. And while I thank you for coming up with a social networking site that allows me to find relatives and old friends, I resent the fact that you’re sharing all these bits about me with your partners without my consent. Dislike!
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Facebook makes it easier for users to share interests across web By John D. Sutter, CNN