November 25, 2007
A somewhat eerie thing happened yesterday – I bought a ticket for American Gangster on Fandango, and a message popped up saying “Fandango is telling Facebook that you bought a ticket to American Gangster.”
The odd thing was that I hadn’t enabled this feature or added an app. Fandango and Facebook had taken the initiative and chosen to talk to each other without my permission. It was also a bit odd to think that my online activities were being tracked to the piont where my Facebook friends could see what movies I’d purchased tickets to.
I investigated on Facebook, and found that you can change the privacy settings of this feature to have Facebook notify you before posting your purchase to your news feed. I chose to OK it, just to see what the posting would look like.
Strange to think that my various online profiles are sharing information about my behind my back.