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Photo recognised by stranger.

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Nanawind Wed 21-Mar-18 16:09:21

2 months ago I posted a question on TripAdvisor about a holiday resort we were visiting. My TA account is connected to my Facebook account which has my picture on. We went on this holiday recently and after being there for 5 days this lady came to me and said it's 'name' , I racked my little brain and couldn't think who she was so I had to say I'm sorry who are you. She then pulled out her phone which she had saved of this post from TA which showed my photo. As you can imagine I was a little taken back. She then proceeded to let me know that she regularly saved any posts from people who were staying at the same hotel as her every time she goes away.(6 times a year).
I've come home and changed my photo. It's freaked me out. Weird or what.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 08:22:07

You may hate Facebook grannyinmypocket but depending on which threads you have contributed to your views may well be on there because gransnet just link threads- all they have to do us then log into gransnet and read your profile- at least you don't have a photo -but you may have enough information - coupled with what you write to be identified by some.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 08:23:39

The moral is don't put antthing on social media that you don't mind being shared because it can end up in places you hadn't imagined!

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 15:39:30

depending on which threads you have contributed to your views may well be on there because gransnet just link threads

Your views are not actually on Facebook itself unless you have written a comment on there as a FB contributor using your FB name. There is a link, however, to certain threads (not all) at the top of the FB posts.

Anyone can join GN and read posts and look at profiles anyway.

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 15:41:01

Unless, of course, you have started a thread and GN will use your OP in the FB post.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 17:50:55

Your GN name will be on all your comments on the threads posted by GN. For example I can tell you exactly which GNetters still use the Be-Ro cook book from FB. You can then of course log into GN and look at the profile. My original point is that you may hate FB but if you comment on GN you may be on there for anyone to read with your GN name- therefore if you want to be private don't write a profile and definitely don't put photos.

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 21:10:01

I use the McDougall's cookery book myself!

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 21:12:47

For example I can tell you exactly which GNetters still use the Be-Ro cook book from FB.
by accessing the link from FB

But you can see who uses the Bero cookery book by looking at the GN active page - then you could create a username and log into GN anyway.

Has the FB GN page got more people looking at it than the GN Active page?
We don't know.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:02:07

Exactly- we don't know. Do those who hate FB and keep off it know they are quite likely to be on there if they comment on GN?

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 22:02:50

They're not exactly on there - there is a link back to GN. No names are used on FB.

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 22:03:28

I think it has been made clear over several threads of the link between GN and FB.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:04:26

There are GN names on FB - fine if you are completely anonymous, but not if you have a profile and photos.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:09:18

For example Tessa101 says she doesn't like or do FB and yet if she comments and the thread is linked to FB people can log onto GN and she gives her name, age, grandchildren's names and more. OK if she knows this and is happy. I wouldn't want it - therefore keep myself anonymous.

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 22:10:11

There aren't GN names on FB.

The comments underneath are by FB users. They could be the same people as post on here or not.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:11:31

However clear links are made people are unaware or Nanawind wouldn't be freaked out to find TripAdvisor and FB linked.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:13:29

I don't know what you are looking at but I see the GN names on FB- I do not need to look on GN to see which cookery books people like- I can read it on FB and never have to look on GN.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:14:52

I am aware you can see comments on FB underneath but I don't bother reading them. I stick to the GN names.

Jalima1108 Tue 27-Mar-18 22:18:53

I'm sorry, you've lost me completely now smile

I see FB names in the comments underneath the articles on FB.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:22:00

I expect that I can but I don't look. I see that my comments on passports are on Twitter I haven't commented on Twitter but GN have put them there. It is a long thread with lots of comments - one Twitter person has commented underneath.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:29:06

I read the 77 comments by GNetters on FB about cookery books. Only 7 people have commented on FB but I didn't bother looking. Sometimes no one comments.

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:31:20

Would people who hate FB be a bit miffed to find that FB users have read their comments on FB and then said what they think?

Blencathra Tue 27-Mar-18 22:38:20

I don't think it is very fair. I could go on Twitter and make very derogatory comments about some of the names who have signed the DM petition- but I wouldn't comment on there because they probably don't know the debate has been widened. They may even be on FB too- I haven't looked.

MissAdventure Tue 27-Mar-18 23:29:05

It all seems a bit pointless really, people on Facebook or Twitter commenting on threads that were started here, by people who are never going to see what they're saying.

Blencathra Wed 28-Mar-18 06:34:39

Exactly. That was my point. If I read the threads on FB I don't bother seeing who has commented on there- there are irrelevant when most of those on the thread don't know they are reading it!
I only commented to make the point that it is all connected- beyond FB- onto Pinterest, Google, TripAdvisor Twitter and others. Therefore it is useless saying that you are not on something like FB when lots of your opinions are on there for all to see.
To answer OP it is not surprising . Don't link accounts, watch your privacy levels, be careful how you sign into sights and don't have a profile on GN. (Unless of course you are quite happy with it all.)

Blencathra Wed 28-Mar-18 06:36:01

Sites not sights!

Jalima1108 Wed 28-Mar-18 15:39:26

I see that my comments on passports are on Twitter I haven't commented on Twitter but GN have put them there.
iswym now

I think the comments on FB on a particular thread are purely FB comments by FB users, not taken from the GN thread. I didn't realise that comments were duplicated on to Twitter (I'm not a twitterer).