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Why Facebook wants your phone number
cnn ^ | 1/18/11 | John D. Sutter

Posted on 01/18/2011 5:32:40 PM PST by Nachum

(CNN) -- Facebook wants your address and mobile phone number.

But it's not sure exactly how to ask.

It's a complicated digital courtship, particularly because Facebook doesn't just want this data for itself -- it wants to "share" this info with all of its friends, which in this case happens to be app developers (think FarmVille, Compare People and Where I've Been -- all that non-Facebook stuff that pops up in your news feed).

That may sound confusing, but the debate over this Facebook phone-number-sharing -- which caused Facebook to backtrack a bit from the request after bloggers and users expressed outrage this weekend -- essentially comes down to two related questions:

Why does Facebook want your phone number and address?

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: facebook; number; phone; wants
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1 posted on 01/18/2011 5:32:44 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

My land line phone number on Facebook: 800.555.1212
Cell: 800.555.2121

Nothing like phone number munging to give the telemarketers a few headaches!


2 posted on 01/18/2011 5:35:39 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Nachum

This is why I deleted my Facebook account (TMI)


3 posted on 01/18/2011 5:36:55 PM PST by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: Jack Hydrazine

No way, those are my numbers.


4 posted on 01/18/2011 5:37:35 PM PST by svcw (God doesn't show up in our time, but He shows up on time)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Facebook’s phone number is +1 (650) 543-4800. They don’t offer tech support over the phone, but you can reach law enforcement, copyright claims, etc. through this phone number.

A good one to use.


5 posted on 01/18/2011 5:39:11 PM PST by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Nachum
After lots of yammering, the article finally says: But the big-picture answer is that Facebook wants to be, like Google, a personalized center of the internet -- the hub that other websites must branch off from.

(if they want to use your personal info). IOW, they are selling it.

6 posted on 01/18/2011 5:40:17 PM PST by palmer (Cooperating with Obama = helping him extend the depression and implement socialism.)
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To: Nachum

Why do they want your phone number and address? Simple. Because telemarketers can get around the Do Not Call list if you have a “relationship” with a “business partner”.

We can’t build a factory in this country anymore, but we sure can create multi-billion dollar companies that use our own computers to data-mine our lives for advertisers (to sell us Chinese products). No wonder our economy is in the tank!


7 posted on 01/18/2011 5:41:40 PM PST by Bryanw92 (We don't need to win elections. We need to win a revolution.)
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To: Nachum

Just use facebook’s phone number.


8 posted on 01/18/2011 5:42:22 PM PST by Celtic Cross
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To: svcw

Mine is the annoying 1-877-kars-4-kids. Imus is looking to run over me. Help.


9 posted on 01/18/2011 5:42:50 PM PST by minespacer
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To: minespacer
Do. Not. Mention. That. Commercial.
10 posted on 01/18/2011 5:46:03 PM PST by Celtic Cross
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To: svcw

Another great phone number is 800-RING-CAM.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ytMx7irm-c

Operators are standing by!


11 posted on 01/18/2011 5:46:53 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Nachum

Be careful everyone they are already giving them out!

Facebook users advised to remove personal details after developers gain access to phone numbers and addresses

“The social networking site announced the change on its blog, saying: ‘We are now making a user’s address and mobile phone number accessible.’

Internet security analysts and privacy experts are now advising people to remove their phone numbers and addresses from the site.”

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1348178/Facebook-grants-developers-access-users-phone-numbers-addresses.html#ixzz1BRRNzoGI


12 posted on 01/18/2011 5:49:12 PM PST by FromLori (FromLori">)
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To: Nachum

my phone number is listed

867-5301.


13 posted on 01/18/2011 5:51:48 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

LOL


14 posted on 01/18/2011 5:56:27 PM PST by Professional Engineer (Conservative States of America has a nice ring to it.)
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To: mockingbyrd

867-530-nigh-ee-eye-ee-ein...

Is 8 better than 867-5301


15 posted on 01/18/2011 5:57:45 PM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Nachum

I don’t consider this an issue. I just don’t give them a phone number or address, plus I check off every possible privacy option.

You can’t see a post of mine unless I give permission.

I’m there to keep in touch with my relatives around the USA .


16 posted on 01/18/2011 6:06:37 PM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

I’m with you. I did not give them my phone number or address. To do so would be stupid.


17 posted on 01/18/2011 6:09:49 PM PST by TheMom (I wish mosquitoes sucked fat instead of blood.)
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To: sam_paine

But one is the lonliest number.


18 posted on 01/18/2011 6:12:14 PM PST by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: wally_bert

Pennsylvania 6-5000.


19 posted on 01/18/2011 6:22:43 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: sam_paine

err..d’oh.

whatever. I might change it to the congressional switchboard. That’d be fun.


20 posted on 01/18/2011 6:31:14 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Remember in November.)
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To: Ingtar

Great idea. Wonder if anyone has used the White House comment or switchboard numbers. 1-202-456-1111 and 1-202-456-1414


21 posted on 01/18/2011 6:54:41 PM PST by RoseyT (Piney Woods of East Texas)
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To: RoseyT

I put it on my status and it seems to be going viral.


22 posted on 01/18/2011 6:58:24 PM PST by Ingtar (Together we go broke (from a Pookie18 post))
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To: Ingtar

Love it!


23 posted on 01/18/2011 6:59:46 PM PST by RoseyT (Piney Woods of East Texas)
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To: RoseyT
Another good number to use is 867-5309.
24 posted on 01/18/2011 7:02:47 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: MAKOTHEDOG

Wasn’t there an issue about deleting facebook accounts? Are you sure you’re really deleted?


25 posted on 01/18/2011 7:05:32 PM PST by ladyjane
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To: mockingbyrd

But Jenny’s number is 867-530..Niiiinne


26 posted on 01/18/2011 7:23:03 PM PST by j_tull (I may make you feel, but I can't make you think.)
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To: ladyjane

I did some searching and there is deactivating and deleting. I followed the instructions and I guess i will see what happens. I can’t touch the thing for 2 weeks. It has been over a week now. I would like to think I can delete something i don’t want.


27 posted on 01/18/2011 7:30:11 PM PST by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: mockingbyrd

Hey. I ended up on a pretty good date once by dialing the wrong number....


28 posted on 01/19/2011 7:04:57 AM PST by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: sam_paine
Hey. I ended up on a pretty good date once by dialing the wrong number....

"I love wrong numbers." - Danny DeVito, Ruthless People

29 posted on 01/19/2011 7:06:43 AM PST by dfwgator
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