Is Facebook Invasion of Privacy Going Too Far?

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I think I'm getting fed up with Facebook.

Here's why: I go to Pandora today.

It's online radio that you can program it -- your way. I'm not using the free version. I paid a few dollars. I'm not sure how much. It was like $29 or $49 for the whole year.

It's supposed to be advertising free. Which is nice for me. No stupid commercials. No annoying Sprint animated ads of tiny 3D people doing the Cotton Eyed Joe dancing around my desktop. Let me tell you THAT was an annoying banner ad. I only paid Pandora the fee to get rid of the Sprint ads and shut up. 

Today, I bring up Pandora and on the top, I get rudely told that Facebook is now going to be used to PERSONALIZE my Pandora experience.

What's wrong with this picture? Plenty:

1.) It's a violation of my agreement with Pandora. I paid them NOT to be interrupted with ADS. So -- do I SUE them? 

2.) I don't have my real name on Facebook. I have it as Bartholomew and Bartley. I don't have my hobbies posted and I don't have my real birthdate either. 

3.) So... how can Pandora let Facebook personalize my "listening experience," when I haven't given Facebook accurate information on me? ( Nobody should. Why? ID theft. )


Pandora and Facebook Interruptions



Facebook marketing is a good part of your marketing mix, but I'm starting to wonder what the Hell they're thinking about Pandora.

How can my Facebook profile tell Pandora what my music listening preferences are?  With all of this personal preferences going back and forth, is it anyone but me who's wondering where all of your personal information is going to?

Think about this: 

You gave Facebook your name and your birthday. (hopefully NOT your real one)

You invite all your friends and family

You let 3rd party firms have access to your friends/family every time you ALLOW a Facebook application for;


  1. - Causes
  2. - Pillow Fights
  3. - Hugs
  4. - Mafia Wars
  5. - etc. etc.


Where is all of this personal preferences, your name, birthday and family going to shared with? 

I can't be the only one wondering about this. 



Posted by

Bart Wilson | CIO
Virtual Pictures Corp (VPiX®)  
iPhone: (719) 645-9940  |  Skype:  vpix360 

Comments (8)

Eric J
Eric J - Dream Home Financing - Freehold, NJ
Dream Home Financing

Another reason why you dont "allow" any of those applications. Also never post that you are going away.

Apr 28, 2010 03:19 PM
Vickie Nagy
Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate - Palm Springs, CA
Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen

I know that so many of the social networks now interface that I very, very seldom post to Facebook.

Apr 28, 2010 03:23 PM
C. Lloyd McKenzie
Living Albuquerque - Albuquerque, NM
Living Albuquerque

I hear you Bart.  It's all about money, I think.  I like Pandora too.  Facebook is becoming worrisome for me

Apr 28, 2010 03:25 PM
Mike Wong
Keller Williams Realty Southwest - Sugar Land, TX
Realtor: Commercial, Residential, Leasing, Invest

Seems like FB is always sneaking in new features and settings that we have to unclick or check on to opt out of.

Apr 28, 2010 05:18 PM
Toronto, ON

Bart - I'm always amazed how much personal information people give out freely.

Apr 28, 2010 05:28 PM
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Keep it coming, Bart.  Not a FB Fan here.

May 01, 2010 02:07 PM
Kimberly A Norgard
Devlin McNiff Halstead Real Estate - East Hampton, NY

I'm a Pandora fan myself.  I'm really disappointed to hear this news.

Dec 08, 2010 08:27 AM
Simon Westfall-Kwong
Keller Williams Realty, North Central New Jersey - Chatham, NJ
The Simon Westfall-Kwong Real Estate Group

That's a bummer!!!  FaceBook is truly invasive and it never ceases to surprise me how much time people spend there talking about irrelevant crap!

Sep 05, 2011 01:32 AM