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#1 Hum

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 22:50

Mark Zuckerberg just made an unusual purchase.

Well, four purchases.

Facebook's billionaire founder bought four homes surrounding his current home near Palo Alto, Mercury News reports. The houses cost him more than $30 million, including one 2,600 square-foot home that cost $14 million.  (His own home is twice as large at 5,000 square-feet and cost half as much.)

Larry Page made a similar move a few years ago so he could build a 6,000-square-foot mansion. But Zuckerberg's reason is different. He doesn't want to live in excess, he just wants a little privacy.

Zuckerberg reportedly took action after he learned that a developer wanted to purchase one of his neighbor's homes and use the fact that Zuckerberg lived close by as a marketing tactic. He started purchasing the homes last December. Zuckerberg will lease the four homes he just bought back to its current residents.

It's sad yet ironic that Zuckerberg has to go through great lengths to protect his privacy. Yesterday news broke that Facebook was removing yet another privacy feature. Soon, even people who wish to remain hidden from Facebook searches will have no choice but to be searchable on the social network.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 22:57

If you've got the money then fair enough.



#3 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:03

or you could spend nearly no money at all and move out where there arent people.

 

my parents own 1250 acres of land 

 

Which comes out to 54,450,000 square feet.

 

it cost them a total of $6000 25 years ago.



#4 Hardcore Til I Die

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:10

"Soon, even people who wish to remain hidden from Facebook searches will have no choice but to be searchable on the social network"

 

Is this speculation or actually going to happen? 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:13

"Soon, even people who wish to remain hidden from Facebook searches will have no choice but to be searchable on the social network"

 

Is this speculation or actually going to happen? 

 

They're removing the option to not be found from the search bar, mainly because most people didn't use the option (if you didn't have it enabled, you haven't been able to choose to enable it for a while now) and you could still find those people through other means anyways.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:15

You can kinda tell facebook is moving from the original idea to a advertisement based system like google had to provide more revenue but its moving slowly so people dont recognise it... i barely use it cus i cant be arsed.. if i want talk my mate ill phone or text him... csan understand how its useful bout getting back in touch with school firends and stuff etc but theres a limit, facebok wil become an intranet of sorts everything there but ooutsources links to provide the funds to create the "intranet" dunno if that analogy is sound but im drunk and thats the best i can speak about atm which i do believe is tyrue



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:39

"Soon, even people who wish to remain hidden from Facebook searches will have no choice but to be searchable on the social network"

 

Is this speculation or actually going to happen? 

 

Really? Does this mean they're finally going to put a gun to my head and force me to create a Facebook account?



#8 xendrome

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 23:57

Really? Does this mean they're finally going to put a gun to my head and force me to create a Facebook account?

 

No it means existing users who opt-out of searching will not have that option going forward...



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:02

Kind of funny that Mr. Facebook wants privacy.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:08

Kind of funny that Mr. Facebook wants privacy.

yup. It's extremely ironic that someone that made a service that gives nobody privacy, expects privacy himself.



#11 fusi0n

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:09

Soon, even people who wish to remain hidden from Facebook searches will have no choice but to be searchable on the social network.

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That is when I delete my account. ###### that. 



#12 blerk

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:13

or you could spend nearly no money at all and move out where there arent people.

 

my parents own 1250 acres of land 

 

Which comes out to 54,450,000 square feet.

 

it cost them a total of $6000 25 years ago.

$6000 for 1250 acres? I wish there were still prices like that these days...



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:19

$6000 for 1250 acres? I wish there were still prices like that these days...

unfortunately, $6000 25 years ago isn't the same as $6000 in 2013.



#14 spenser.d

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:23

yup. It's extremely ironic that someone that made a service that gives nobody privacy, expects privacy himself.

 

:rolleyes:

 

It's not really the same thing.  Plus he's not expecting privacy - he knew he couldn't get it without action, so he acted and bought up the property around him.  Not sure where you guys are getting this expectation bit from.



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Posted 12 October 2013 - 00:24

yup. It's extremely ironic that someone that made a service that gives nobody privacy, expects privacy himself.

 

Or you could just not use FB, no one's forcing you to use it OR post every insignificant detail of your day on it, and if you chose to do all that then you pretty much gave up your "right: of privacy already