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June 01, 2010

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Not only does FB decide the number of friends, but it recycles ancient comments from walls of 'friends' whom I haven't interacted with in weeks or months, in an attempt to convince me to post on their wall. Must be something in the algorithms they use to track your activity. "A hasn't talked/posted on X's wall in a while, move X's comment up to the top of the 'Recent Activity' pile (even if X's comment was made 10 weeks ago.)"
Big Bro or Big Aunty (of the matchmaking variety)?

Big Aunty = Big Yenta.
Yeah, that is more like it. I also find it alternately irritating and amusing when a plea for "help so & so find more friends" or "suggest a profile picture for so & so" pop up on the page.

I recently read that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg was (still is?) in the habit of predicting which couples on Facebook were about to break up (or hook up) by examining their interactions on FB. Okay, so he is a nosy yenta. My question remains why the idiots are exchanging intimacies online? Glass house, all over again.

Whether Zuckerberg is or was a nosy yenta, he has successfully made FB into a mammoth Yenta, and a highly successful one too. As he and the FB company are finding out now, Yenta's aren't always appreciated and get their fair share of brickbats.
The strange stuff you saw with respect to AB and FB may arise from the fact that FB can collect data on FB partner websites you visit, provided you stay logged on to FB when you do so. I make a point of clicking on Account, Logout before I indulge in any extraneous surfing. I'm not 100% sure about this, but wouldn't be surprised if that is how you got those activity messages.
Read sections 3 and 4 very carefully here for more details of the FB privacy policy.

i like to read your posts. thanks for this one.

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