Almost all of the Agent Genius contributors have a Facebook account, as do many of our readers. I use Facebook every day and absolutely love it! Today’s article isn’t about what Facebook is for and how it is awesome (that’s been covered) but rather serves as a warning.
You may already know, but a very controversial ad system called “Beacon”has recently been added to your Facebook profile meaning external websites (Amazon, Target, shoes, P0rn, etc) report “stories” (aka supercookies determining your shopping habits) to your Facebook labeled as a “user alert.”
For now, it seems harmless and I’m certainly no Big Brother alarmist, butthis program is now embedded in your Facebook- they’ve automatically enrolled every user to it. Take a second to disable Beacon from publicizing your information in 5 easy steps. I don’t share my Visa bill with clients, bloggers or my parents, so why would I share it through Facebook?