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Social Networks Miss-representation

Anonymous Coward writes | more than 3 years ago

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An anonymous reader writes "In recent months I have noticed a trend on 2 social network sites. Facebook and Linkedin, doing things that are resulting in miss-representation.

Lets look at Facebook first .. how often have you seen a friend invite, to puzzle over why that person is asking to join your network. Then when asking them, only to get the response 'because you sent me a friend request'. This has happened to me 3 times in the last month. Facebook is sending friend requests to my friends, and a message to me saying they have sent a request to me, when we compate notes, neither me or my friend sent any 'requests' at all. Facebook did it automatically. This is miss-representing my chosen network, and making requests without my permission.

With Linkedin I recently updated my profile, I added an additional few words into my work outling. The next day I had an inbox full of people asking what had happened, congratulating me on the new job, wanting to know why I had left. It turns out Linkedin had posted on my news thread and the thread of all of my contacts that I had left the business, causing just a slight bit of panic across the globe. I notified Linkedin and they said nothing can be done ... again automatic miss-representation in my professional network.

I am interested if anybody else on Slashdot has seen either of the above, or if I have just be unfortunate?"

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