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21.8.09

Facebook’s latest changes still make no sense 

Although has finally stopped accusing me of copyright infringement with each log-in (from August 3 to 17), the company has made some changes over the last week that are bugging me a bit.
   First, the . Remember when geographical locations counted as networks, too? I enjoyed seeing how many people I had in New Zealand, New York, London, Los Angeles (my top four). And having a link that would reveal all my networks. Well, that’s now a thing of the past.
Facebook forgets networks again   At left is how the networks look for me in Facebook. Sorry, this means nothing to me other than the Lucire entry. While I went to Vic, I am not part of the network, because Facebook insists on our having an email address from there. I gave that one up around 1996. Zivylin: again, not that meaningful other than three of my Facebook friends being from there. I have never commercially dealt with this company. I never attended the University of Auckland, so again, I don’t really care that three of my followers are in that network. And what the heck is Snow Tennis?
   I’d like to see the status quo ante. And this again brings up the thought: Facebook doesn’t really get it, does it?
   I also notice that IP-based has recommenced for Facebook , which render them irrelevant to me. Previously, the geo-targeting was based on what location you had fed in to Facebook. If I want to see New Zealand ads, I would put New Zealand as my location. Frankly, when I surf for leisure on Facebook, I want to keep in touch with what’s happening in Sweden, even the competitions, hence I put down Stockholm.
   And what about those Kiwis travelling on their OEs? Do they really prefer seeing foreign ads, or something that brings them back home virtually?
   Granted, this latter concern puts me in a minority, but still, you’d think Facebook would have wised up a bit given its very frequent and public débâcles.
   Again, some users like me are left scratching their heads and asking, ‘Why?’
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tee hee just checked mine out and quess what mine looks like this:
Networks with the most friends

* Victoria Wellington (7)
* LSB UK (2)
* Newcastle UK (2)
* IBM (2)
* Microsoft (1)

Never been a member of any of them so why on earth would Facebook think I would be interested in this data - that is all it is data it is not information as it is not something I wish to know!

The only way around it is to group your friends yourself and just use those groups I think Jack  
Hey JoK: thank you for commenting. I am glad you agree—it’s just weird of Facebook to make this change. And I haven’t found anything on the change itself, which makes me wonder how confident they are about it.
   You are right: it’s going to be down to us to group our friends the way we see fit.  
Snow tennis - playing tennis on snow-covered tennis courts? LOL. I'm particularly curious as to how and when it became a sport to play tennis....in the snow. Hmm..maybe we should add Beach Tennis to that too. LOL!  
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