Facebook knows you’re gay before you do

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    Mar 25, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    http://americablog.com/2013/03/facebook-might-know-youre-gay-before-you-do.html

    Facebook creepily offers help to a gay guy thinking of “coming out”

    Enter Matt. As BuzzFeed notes, Matt was your typical Facebook user who suddenly found an ad in his news feed for help in coming out. The weird thing was that Matt “did” need help coming out, and understandably he was more than a bit curious as to how Facebook knew.

    At first, Matt wondered if Facebook had accessed his text messages, as he had confided in a close friend the previous night that he was gay, and asked for advice. There didn’t seem to be any other reason for Facebook to suggest Clemons’ page; his only two “likes” were for a politician and a local bar, neither of which would suggest anything about his sexual orientation. Moreover, he hadn’t mentioned anything on his wall or over Facebook chat.

    After checking his activity log, all he could find were two comments, linked to his Facebook, that he left on a Buzzfeed article covering Rob Portman’s endorsement of marriage equality.

    While Facebook insists that it does not access text messages or chats sent through its mobile app, it doesn’t need to directly invade our privacy in order to make startlingly accurate inferences about us.
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    Mar 25, 2013 4:56 AM GMT
    Or it could be drawing from one of those big-brother services that correlates all of your web activities with your IP address. I get all kinds of crap junk email, and somewhat frightening - physical mail - targeted to aging gay guys.

    Also... everybody knows if you don't check the box for "looking to date women" (x) you are definitely gay.
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    Mar 25, 2013 5:17 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidOr it could be drawing from one of those big-brother services that correlates all of your web activities with your IP address. I get all kinds of crap junk email, and somewhat frightening - physical mail - targeted to aging gay guys.

    Also... everybody knows if you don't check the box for "looking to date women" (x) you are definitely gay.
    mine is empty as well. I wish Facebook can shut up his mouth and dance to my tune.
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    Mar 25, 2013 5:26 AM GMT
    I was gay before Facebook was even a thought in that college dorm room.
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    Mar 25, 2013 6:10 AM GMT
    It probably just tracks your IP address. Just like you see ads that relate to what you'd normally search in google or something. Junk emails... etc.
  • Medjai

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    Mar 25, 2013 6:29 AM GMT
    Facebook has long been known for its questionable privacy practices. This seems as no surprise...
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    Mar 25, 2013 6:35 AM GMT
    That's why I use Google Chrome Incognito mode in all my searches and activities.
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    Mar 25, 2013 6:56 AM GMT
    BP201 saidIt probably just tracks your IP address. Just like you see ads that relate to what you'd normally search in google or something. Junk emails... etc.


    IP tracking isn't reliable enough for most trend analysis. It is much more likely tracking cookies are in use here. They are generally unique to a single user and are much more reliable.

    Two examples:
    Shared access - many user devices share the same IP (ah the wonders of NAT or Network Address Translation for the uninitiated)
    Dynamic IP Allocation - Due to the shortage of IPv4 addresses remaining, the renew timer on IP leases is quite short for many providers. This means many users could have the same IP address in a 24 hour period, each for an allotment of the period.
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    Mar 25, 2013 9:19 AM GMT
    Oh boo hoo big deal, FB is very gay friendly anyway. Isn't one of the founder Chris Hughes something married his boyfriend?

    All of my facebook people know I'm a homo because sometimes I checked in a couple of clubs in West Hollywood, wear a pink party shirt and have some apple sour martini photos. What I find interesting is that - all these supposed Straight friends I have --- they seem to keep liking my photos and comment on it. icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
  • Apparition

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    Mar 25, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    or maybe just maybe is sees the "absence" of straight things, which is more likely

    if you are male and not clicking on boobs, sports, and cars....probably a homo.
    walmart can tell if you are pregnant too...by 4 months. They will start to send you junk mail for baby stuff, seemingly hidden among an assortment of items (they used to send blatant pregnancy junkmail, but parents of teen mothers that thought their angels were innnocent still complained, so now they mask it with seemingly random stuff).

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    Mar 27, 2013 4:09 PM GMT
    facebook is an ongoing personality assesment, and also an IQ test..

    coupled with google's data base on you, and other databases, there is an astonishingly complete work up of every individual...

    its much much more complete that any of us can imagine...