[78-L] 78-L, FB and the Absolute Knowledge

Doug Duncan d_duncan at ntlworld.com.invalid
Fri Oct 20 04:49:29 PDT 2017

On 20/10/2017 12:14, Inigo Cubillo wrote:
> ​Are ALL they in FB? Where are the Giordanos, the Mikes from Plovdiv, the
> Biehls, the Rooneys, etc, etc, ...? Someone (probably Lennick) told me
> everybody has switched to FB.
> I've been also tempted, and opened a FB account too. I applied for entering
> to the 78rpm groups, was authorized by Biehl or some other colleague, and
> eventually subscribed.
> But I got tired of FB pretty soon. Each time I opened it, I found hundreds
> of suggestions to "make friends" with lots of people whom I have had no
> relation since many years ago. Even people whom I've never written before,
> but the web knows I know them by any casualty...
> I'm a bit horrified. This is not casualty at all... it is the NAWK... the
> New Absolute Wisdom and Knowledge.
> This thing is taking from some unknown storage depot all the e-mail
> adresses I've ever written to, and sending proposals of friendship from
> people rarely related to me. Kind of making you ask.. "Where is this thing
> taking my information from?" "How the FB has arrived to know that I'm
> remotely connected to that person?"
> Every bit of info searchable for is then used. So FB proposes me friendship
> with people that makes one frighten about the web... Old deleted emails
> from years ago are being used, and although you deleted them, they are
> stored somewhere else...!!! They know everything about us.
> Help...!
> Inigo Cubillo
> Madrid, SPAIN
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Hi Inigo,

I certainly don't hold a brief for Facebook but there are two things (at 
least) that you can to stop the infinite number of people requesting to 
be your friend.

FB gets the e-mail addresses of all these people from your address book 
or books. If you are like me there are personal addresses in your 
(surprise) personal address book where presumably you added them some 
time ago but have not deleted them. Then there are all the addresses 
that were added to the collected address book. These are people to whom 
you sent e-mail possibly over a period of many years. Mine goes back to 
about 1997. It would be longer but I had a disk crash and lost 
everything then. If you purge these addresses Facebook will not know 
about them and will stop looking for them in its database. Then you can 
reject them as potential friends.

The second thing you can do is to change the privacy settings and tell 
it that you will not accept friend requests from anybody. I find that is 
the safest thing.

I hope this helps.


Doug Duncan

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