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Sometimes Maybe it Would be Wise to Leave Your Cell Phone at Home

or keep it turned off.

Ok, this creeped me out. I went to a very close friend's wedding and barbeque reception on Sunday. The ceremony was small and I had my phone turned off while there. The reception was near my house, about 20 miles away and in their backyard. I turned my phone on the drive over. About 100 people showed up. I am friends with the bride and groom on my facebook, but have not posted on their pages in over a year and vice versa. I only knew about 12 people at the reception.

I brought my cell phone and left it on, but I did not get or send any calls, texts or take pictures. Today I go to my facebook page and almost all of the people who were at the reception...facebook is recommending them as friends for me.

I found that creepy. Has anyone else noticed anything like this before?

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Sacca Knows

Chris Sacca (former Google employee) is an extremely well connected venture capitalist in the Silicon Valley (even though he now lives some 4+ hours away in Truckee).

He is featured on a somewhat recent episode of TWiST. Check it out at, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK4ezQrTqFw. He offers some really interesting insight into marketing trends (both past and present) and how social media sites are using your data. In the interview, he mentions a company called, Path Intelligence (http://www.pathintelligence.com/) that actually is tracking cell phone movement. It is all anonymous though, so they aren't tracking you specifically, but still a little creepy. Overall he leaves one with the impression that everything is on the up and up.

I wouldn't overthink things, but it's also never a bad idea to error on the side of caution.

I own

I own a studio. Nobody is allowed in with cell phones.

Use Startpage By The Way (not google)

Apparently StartPage gives you the google results without the google tracking. And if you don't use google at all for like 9 months, your records are archived but I guess less actively tracked.

I'm pretty convinced

That if you have multiple email boxes on a single iPhone that the contacts from one email address get sent as friend requests to the other email addresses. I'm not 100% sure but I have been observing how that works and I agree w/ you that it's scary. Keep in mind LinkedIn is another "monitor all the people you know" technology.

My girlfriend says

that it was probably due to friends at the reception adding other friends there. She said your recommendations come through somewhat due to friends adding new people, maybe it is why you keep getting recommended the same people over again at different times.

You just got PAULED!

Probably Not related to your cell phone

Somebody took a photo of you, tagged the photo on facebook (meaning the wrote your name on it), and now Facebook is noticing you might know the same people.

That's what kills me about Facebook - you don't even have to sign up for your information to be made public by unwitting friends/family.

I wouldn't worry

Most likely is due to the activities of the people that you DID know at the wedding and who were already on your friends list, such as: tagging photos, requesting friends they met at the wedding, engaging in multi-comment threads with people at the wedding who are not on your friend list, etc. This is Facebook doing what it is supposed to do, finding people you might know, and is rather impressive if you think about it.

Although I support privacy rights as much as the next guy, that doesn't mean everything you do must be done in private. Most of the time it doesn't matter, no one cares what you do with your Saturday, except (maybe) your friends and family. There is an inherent degree of anonymity in a crowd. To believe everyone is intently watching you is a sign of paranoia. (not accusing you of this, but would certainly apply to some other posters).

Separate your private life from Facebook and you have no problems.

That isn't to say that there aren't potential moral issues with the way FB uses your data (against your consent, violating previous agreements, etc.), but if you find you don't like it, simply don't participate. It is a voluntary service, after all.

Only 2 people were on my friend's list-the bride & groom

and they have not posted since Friday. They are on their honeymoon.

i think its based on the

i think its based on the friends your friends have.

im gonna assume the couple were either already friends with those that attended, or recently became "friended", i think its as someone suggested, it being an algorithm based on the likely hood of you knowing those people in the reception, because you have TWO direct connections, a probability algorithm

i certainly cant say their not tapping you, cant say they are either, or eventually will, but i think in this instance, algorithm is to blame.......it has a real world purpose, making friends with those you meet and like, but, i think it'll eventually be an artificially created nightmare, if dont treat it with a weary eye.......the possibility of it,

I.E. no one caring, or knowing enough, to put, ANY kind of verifiable limitations, ideally the user end would have complete and utter direct control and a user friendly comprehensive alert system..........dont know, that last bit, is a working progress of an idea

Even Weirder Than That

One morning my wife and I were watching C-SPAN on the television in our basement. Dennis Kusinich [sp?] was on the floor making a very liberty defending speech. I told my wife out loud, we should look into him. Later that evening my wife was on the computer and I was watching the small television, both of us were in the kitchen. A commercial for "luminosity" was on tv, and at that moment I asked her to look something up on youtube (which was not related to any other thing we did all day).

Lo' and behold, when she searched out the video I requested, all of the "related" videos on the right hand side of the page were of Dennis Kusinitch and Luminosity.

I was freaked the F out, and still am!

BTW.. all cameras and mics installed on our computers have been either disabled or covered ever since.

Ron Paul

During the last 5 or 6 years, all my ads have related to Ron Paul. I can't think why, as my phone isn't all that smart.

You don't give us the obvious: what video were you looking for on YouTube?

Marketers are well-aware that libertarians enjoy sci-fi, for example. They also know that Kucinich and Ron Paul are connected to each other (allies on some issues), and appeal to people who distrust the Establishment. It wouldn't take much for such a coincidence to happen, especially given the way movies are marketed.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

I don't even have a Facebook

account and via e-mail, Facebook notified me my son and daughter "friended" me along with a colleague from graduate school and many others who are strangers. I don't know much about Facebook, but I found that rather creepy.

privacy settings

you have privacy settings that other people's tags can't be seen by others if i understand how that works. if someone tags you they may not have knowledge of your choice. just because it doesn't show publically, i wouldn't assume it doesn't record it.

You have to approve tags if your settings don't allow it

Nobody has tagged me.


Smartphones intermittently send data packets that will register with nearest tower & pick up on your location.I haven't heard of the program that recommends friends on FB.That's a new one on me.But with a smart phone,being used or not,they can pick up on where you are.And with any cell,if they(authorities)have your cell#,they can locate you whether it is on or off.So yes....it is a good idea to leave it at home now & then.
The things that can be done with a smart ph is why I no longer have a smart ph.It is a handheld computer that can be hacked over the network.I'll never have one again.

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The phone can be used as

a video recorder
gps transmitter

which means all that stuff can be used by NSA and other cool powers. Taking out the battery is the only way to disable the phone. Any serious conversation should be done with all electronic devices absent.

The web cam on the computer is frequently hacked all the time. People do this for fun all over the world. I piece of black electrical tape should be placed over your webcam hole. My friends father is a weapons contractor who deals with technology and he told us that when i was in high school.

James Madison

Another reason I don't have a facebook account!!!

NO FACEBOOK for me ... no thanks!!!

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!


Yes I just got rid of my fb account too. This is creepy.

When freedom is at stake, silence is not golden – it is yellow- Tom Anderson writer patriot. 1910-2001

"Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin

Glad to say, I never had one

I never created a FB account for the very reason of respecting my privacy. I didn't want the world to know who I'm talking to, when, what I'm doing, etc...

A lot of folk say that you can re-unite with friends from the past. But why would I sacrifice my privacy for that. Not interested. To me, it was always a no brainer to never open a FB account.

Love Liberty, be Vigilant

"Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

Faith in God will prevail all things!

Really shouldn't expect any

Really shouldn't expect any privacy if you're on ciabook, much less have it on your phone.

I don't ever use the internet on my phone

I don't have any apps either. I was thinking it was the GPS, but others are saying algorithms.

Could be. If someone took a

Could be. If someone took a photo and tagged it with a name of a mutual friend or something.

Still.. you're on ciabook:) The bad guys can get a report of everything about you with a few key clicks.

When they want to know my activities in the past month I want them to have to do some leg work;p

People Can Recommend Friends

Are you sure nobody recommended those people as friends? That's a FB feature.

Don't you have to be friends with them first

in order for them to recommend you? I'm only fb friends with bride and groom and they have not been online since Friday.

It is creepy that is for

It is creepy that is for sure. Last Spring I was tracked about 300 miles to my son's college graduation. I was shocked when it was posted on FB. That is an invasion of my privacy -- FB does not have permission to follow me around. Having said that, I have no clue how they tracked me or what do do about it.

I have more of an issue with facebook.

The advantages of keeping people 'connected' are not worth the invasion of privacy when EVERYONE knows the latest minutia of your life. That really, really creeps - makes me want to pull the covers over my head and and hide.

The law cannot make a wicked person virtuous…God’s grace alone can accomplish such a thing.
Ron Paul - The Revolution

Setting a good example is a far better way to spread ideals than through force of arms. Ron Paul

Or you could...

...make a Faraday cage for it. Just get an aluminum trash can and line it with something (or you may not even need to do that). Put your cell phone in there. You can then try to call your phone from another phone and your phone won't pick up the signal. Your cell phone is essentially dead in a Faraday cage but it is also protected from EMFs.

The OP's story creeps me out and makes me even more happy I decided not to bother with Facebook after initially registering years ago. Needless to say, I also don't carry a cell phone.

You do not need a big

aluminum can. Try calling yourself when your phone is wrapped in aluminum foil. I just tried it by way of an experiment.

While visiting friends in another city

a cell phone picture was taken that included me. A few minutes later a friend in another city called to say they had the picture of us on their Facebook page. ???? We are all using WiFi. So I guess anything that happens gets on a computer and onto the web instantly. I terminated Facebook a while ago. Your cellphone links you to the web.

Turning "off" and "leaving at home".

Turning off really doesn't turn it off as there is an internal capacitor that continues to allow 3rd parties to identify your location (to varying levels of accuracy.).

You'd have to remove the battery and let it sit for awhile or try to turn it on with the battery off multiple times before it is "off".

Also, don't leave it at home as the "nexus of events" model provides people tracking you to know essentially your entire life by where your cell goes and who you call.

Put it in a third location hiding place and pick it up after. Rotate the third location (away from your home) now and then. Mess up the data collection model.