Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post | Russ Warner

More than 1 billion users give Facebook their personal info every day, including basics such as name, city, school, employment, relationship status, interests, events attended, etc.

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to “high,” Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In reality, that basic stuff is a fraction of the information users willingly and unknowingly hand over.

Here is another list of information that Facebook collects from your everyday actions:

  • Who you talk to
  • Where you eat
  • Pics you like
  • Comments you make
  • Pages you like
  • Businesses you like

What Facebook users don’t know is that although they may withhold information from their personal profile, Facebook analyzes data from daily activities to learn more about a user… to the point of being able to predict major life events.

For example, Carlos Diuk, a Facebook data scientist, shared that he can predict if and when two people will be in a relationship.

Diuk said, “We observe a peak of 1.67 posts per day 12 days before the relationship begins, and a lowest point of 1.53 posts per day 85 days into the relationship. Presumably, couples decide to spend more time together, courtship is off, and online interactions give way to more interactions in the physical world.” (Source.)

So, Facebook is able to predict relationship status. I previously wrote about credit card companies trying to use social network information to predict credit scores.

Over one-third of university admissions boards are using social network information to predict the quality of students. Employers check out an applicant’s online life to determine the type of employee they might hire.

The Future

Perhaps life insurance providers will create a risk profile based on your posts and comments? That profile could be affected by comments you made about bungee jumping, high speed driving, drunken brawls, skipping work because of a hangover, taking prescriptions pills that aren’t yours, etc.

Google and Microsoft have created amazing search tools, but there are other high tech start-ups taking “search” to a new level. Indeed, the CIA and Google have invested in a Swedish company, Recorded Future, founded in 2009. This group has tools to help “businesses anticipate risks and capitalize on opportunities using open source information.” In a nutshell, they use public information to predict “things.”

As we share more information and spend more time on social networks, there won’t be much that we can keep private.

What to do?

Be aware and more careful of what you do and say online. If you don’t want it printed in a headline for all to see, don’t write it.

Take time occasionally to remove previous posts, comments, photos, and likes. Better still, delete accounts for social networks you no longer use.

Monitor your child’s activities on social networks with a social network monitoring tool. They will thank you later.

Though users may withhold information or make their profiles private on social networks, it doesn’t mean much anymore with futuristic data analysis techniques.

After all, actions such as “posts” and “friends” and “likes” now speak louder than words.

via Facebook and Others Predict Life Events Based on What You Post | Russ Warner.

===============================================================

Employers check out an applicant’s online life to determine the type of employee they might hire.

Did you or your child wonder why they didn’t get that job they were “perfect” for? Was it because of a few photos on Facebook from last weekends party that the prospective employer didn’t like? A profile photo of two people holding a beer could be taken so many different ways. A photo of two 18 year old men holding a beer could be viewed as fine by a Female employer. But what impression does she get from the same photo of two 18 year old girls? Does she ponder the profile picture during the interview of an apparent bright and well mannered young lady, and wonder if she is just a typical party animal and not yet mature enough for this job? The employer may not post a similar picture of themselves so why would they hire someone who does? JOB LOST BECAUSE OF FACEBOOK!!!!!

But in spite of the option to set your privacy settings to “high,” Facebook continues to gather more and more data about you. In reality, that basic stuff is a fraction of the information users willingly and unknowingly hand over.

We will say it over and over and over. Facebook does not want you to have any privacy whatsoever. This is why they “keep updating” things and ooops your private stuff is public AGAIN. Oh sorry people you just need to modify your settings again. Has this happened to you before?

Don’t live your life on Facebook etc. Your family needs you – IN PERSON. Your friends need you IN PERSON. Facebook has only been around since 2004. Can you believe it? You lived your life without it before and you can do it again.

Ask yourself this question. With all the time you have spent and are spending on Facebook how are your relationships with your immediate family? What about your friends? Could they be better? Any time you spend on Facebook IS TIME TAKEN FROM THEM.

It’s not worth it Quit Facebook Now.

About these ads
This entry was posted in quit facebook and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s