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Today I read that Google+ has had a 1269% increase in growth of it’s users in the last week! They have also now got 50 million users. Those are big numbers!

This is exciting for me, as I contemplating closing my Facebook account before their new changes come into effect. Facebook is garnering much attention for their ability to track your every move online. Here is what I came across today from a tech blogger, Dan Winer from Scripting.com…

Yesterday I wrote that Twitter should be scared of Facebook. Today it’s worse. I, as a mere user of Facebook, am seriously scared of them.

Every time they make a change, people get angry. I’ve never myself been angry because I have always assumed everything I post to Facebook is public. That the act of putting something there, a link, picture, mini-essay, is itself a public act.

This time, however, they’re doing something that I think is really scary, and virus-like. The kind of behavior deserves a bad name, like phishing, or spam, or cyber-stalking.

What clued me in was an article on ReadWriteWeb that says that just reading an article on their site may create an announcement on Facebook. Something like: “Bull Mancuso just read a tutorial explaining how to kill a member of another crime family.” Bull didn’t comment. He didn’t press a Like button. He just visited a web page. And an announcement was made on his behalf to everyone who follows him on Facebook. Not just his friends, because now they have subscribers, who can be total strangers.

via Scripting News: Facebook is scaring me.

There are now people suggesting that the cookie that Facebook uses has no expiry date, and it is able to track your online presence without you even being logged in! Scary stuff. Like some sort of cyber stalker.

Lifehacker put out an article today on how to keep your online surfing habits private. Click through to see how you go about fixing the online stalkers…

Whether or not Facebook is tracking your browsing even when you’re logged out, if you don’t want third-party sites to send data to Facebook, you have some options. You could scrub your system clean of all Facebook.com cookies every time you use Facebook, but a number of developers have already stepped up with browser extensions to block Facebook services on third-party sites. Here are a few:

via Facebook Is Tracking Your Every Move on the Web; Here’s How to Stop It.

I’m torn about deleting my Facebook account. I’ve been on there for a few years now. I’ve got a lot of content on there and have met a few good friends because of it. I also get about 20% of my blog traffic from Facebook. As much as I enjoy seeing all the funny and entertaining stuff my various family and friends post, I can’t help but think that if more people make the switch, I’m going to start seeing them post on Google+. And, maybe, just maybe, it won’t be how great they did in Farmville, or Bejewelled…That will be a good day!

Is there anyone that reads my blog that doesn’t have a Facebook account, or closed theirs? Did you notice a change in your internet experience? Did you feel like you were losing touch with people close to you?

Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you…

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