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Cello Wars…yes, it is what it sounds like!

This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while!!

 

 

Normally, I don’t go out of my way to defend Facebook, but…

Have you seen (or perhaps even re-posted) this?

ALL THE PHONE NUMBERS of your contacts are now on facebook! go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT, click on EDIT FRIENDS, left side of screen and click CONTACTS. you will see ALL PHONE NUMBERS FROM YOUR CELL PHONE (FB friends or not) have been published. TO REMOVE, go to the right column below Phonebook Contacts, and click on “this page.” please repost this on your status, so your friends can remove their numbers and thus prevent abuse if they do not want them published.

The problem is that it’s only partially true (think Serpent in the Garden of Eden) and is intended to prey on people’s fear of the Internet (as almost all similar posts are). The information (referenced above) in your Facebook mobile contacts is NOT for public viewing. It is simply a list of contacts that YOU have created from importing other address books and/or syncing your mobile device. The information in this list is no different than gmail, yahoo, or any other web-based contact list. No number is public unless each account user has made their info public under his/her own privacy settings.

Facebook is not “publishing” anything. This is a convenience feature from FB to assist me in connecting with people I already have info for. It’s the same as when I log into my Gmail account on any computer, all of my contacts are available for me anywhere I am. They are not available to anyone else just because they have a Gmail account or even because we’re connected in Google+.

Nowhere on the contacts page does it say that they are public, and the “remove contacts” page states that upon removal of “imported and synced contacts: Your phonebook will no longer include synced contacts, but will still display the contact info of friends who have included it on their profiles.”

Again, it’s not that FB is “publishing” your numbers to me. I am simply making numbers I already have on my devices available for myself on FB to assist in connecting with people. These “published” numbers from my contacts are not available to anyone but me, just as yours are not available to anyone but you (except when people make their own info public).

So I beg you…please, stop re-posting this…

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