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    Default Facebook 'personalization' launches: How to disable it, and why - Article of the week

    Facebook’s ‘instant personalization’ feature is to be switched on today, allowing the walls between the social network and the world to be broken through for a seamless experience for all.

    While many have not been able to access the instant personalisation feature yet, it turns on today. More worryingly, it is turned on by default so many will be entirely unaware the feature even exists.

    How it works

    Provided you are logged into Facebook, certain websites like Bing can ‘personalise’ their sites with data provided from your account. Any information which is set to ‘Everyone’, like your name or your birthday can be used to make the website appear more friendly and tuned in.

    Only certain sites can access this, and permissions need to be granted to do this. However, to be on the safe side, it is better simply to turn it off completely.

    How to turn it off

    1. Log into Facebook. In the top right hand corner, click Account, and then Privacy Settings.

    2. Under the heading Apps and websites, select Edit your settings.

    3. Under the heading Instant personalization, select Edit settings. You may see a popup called ‘Understanding instant personalization’. Just hit Close.

    4. At the very bottom of the page, simply untick the box labeled Enable instant personalization on partner websites. This will instantly turn off partner websites accessing your data.

    If, however, the option is greyed out but still ticked, this means that Facebook has not yet activated instant personalization just yet. It takes time. Check back in a few hours, or the next day.

    Hope that all helps!


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    Last edited by TylerL; 02-02-2011 at 04:28 PM.
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