Tech Stuff Things That Suck

Yikes Indeed

I followed the Times’ advice and downloaded my Facebook data. 83MB of data, over the last ten years. My whole address book because once I accidentally allowed Messenger to grab it (I deleted it). A whole bunch of photos and videos, obviously, but that’s because I uploaded them.

A voice mail, apparently, which wasn’t even one of mine. Someone I don’t know, leaving a message for someone else (who I think I know, but why do I have it?) giving out their email address.

387 text messages.

A lot of sites, boards, books and other “likes” that I’m pretty sure are just derived from my activity. Some of them I don’t recognize, at least as something I would have actively “liked.”

All my friends, with the dates we “met up.” Also, refused friend requests, unanswered requests I’d sent, people I’d unfriended. Some odd “Friend Peer Group,” which I have no idea.

Ads I’ve clicked on. An alarmingly long list of “Advertisers who uploaded a contact list with your info.” A lot of applications, more than are shown on my screen, because it also shows long-expired apps. And all the events I’d ever responded to.

I’m not sure what to do with some of this.

Tom McGee has been building web sites since 1995, and blogging here since 2006. Currently a senior developer at Seton Hall University, he's also a freelance web programmer and musician. Contact him if you have the need for a blog, web site, redesign or custom programming!

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