Think I got recognized from Facebook... But I'm not on it!

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  1. Patton

    Patton TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    And I never was on it! Sort of.

    I worked a half day yesterday and after closing up the shop at noon I went to the local Applebee's for a beer and lunch. The wife didn't work so she came up to meet me. I sat on one side of the horseshoe shaped bar and on the other side I did notice a couple who were roughly my age sort of looking at me a few times. Eh, maybe just thought I looked like someone they know, I assumed.

    My wife showed up maybe 15 minutes after I got there and a couple minutes later the woman came up to us. It's my wife's ex boyfriends sister, who she's still friends with on facebook. After the girls happily greeted each other she tells my wife that they recognized me but couldn't figure out from where. It was when my wife came in they put two and two together.

    Now here's the interesting part; I've never met them, my wife hasn't seen the woman in person for maybe 6 + years or so, my wife has never met the husband, and I've never registered or had an account on facebook.

    I got recognized strictly from my wife's occasional postings of pics is all I can figure out. Wild, huh?
     
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    Can’t escape it. Social media is the devil.
     
  3. Patton

    Patton TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    I know. And I foolishly thought that I could stay "hidden" from it all.
     
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    popthree Poster Extraordinaire

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    Not too surprising, but weird, yeah. Very sci fi
     
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    FB uses facial recognition … even if you are in a crowd photo that someone took and posted who you don't know !!!
     
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    so your wife posted a picture, and someone she knows saw it. And thought you looked familiar but couldn't remember why... what is so weird about that? I don't see where the evil devil sci-fi face-recognition comes into this. You guys are getting a bit too paranoid.
     
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  8. Patton

    Patton TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    Well, it's mostly the oddness for me as I avoid the social media stuff. Never conceived I would be recognized by a (to me) total stranger in a restaurant from an online pic my wife posted.
     
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    Milspec Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Facebook / Google keep data on those that avoid using their product as well so nobody is actually out of the loop. Maybe your face has been showing up in ads or something to get people to tag who you are so they can compile data? Paranoid...nope, they are actually doing that these days (my brother-in-law is a big wig with Facebook data gathering)
     
  10. Patton

    Patton TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    Eh, if my face is being used for an ad it's probably the "before" pic for some self improvement thing.
     
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    Oh, you’re on it all right. :twisted:
     
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    40 years ago, when there was no social media, you had extra prints made of your pictures, stuffed them into envelopes with letters (anybody remember those?) and sent them to friends and relatives.

    Same scenario, no evil Zuckerbergian plot: "Oh, you're the guy in the pictures your wife has been sending me."
     
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    Unless it was one of those pictures at the post office,there's that.
     
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    True in this case. BUT Facebook does recognize faces and knows who you are no matter if you are on or off of it. I deleted my FB account a few years ago, did what I could to scrub all record of me on the place. Then for music-related reasons I needed to access a few pages on there. I created a fully fake account, no pics, no personal info - but I had to provide an email address so I used my work one (not the one I had used before). As soon as I joined, I had a long list of "recommended friends" - all of my family, coworkers, and lots of old friends. They knew exactly who "Buddy Holly" really was...
    There are various ways this can be and is done. You truly would have to be a hermit in a cave to escape social media's reach.
     
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    People tag you in photo's and it's game over, decades of avoiding the new systems down the gurgler.

    There is no avoiding it these days unless you can somehow avoid ever having your photo taken. Even high school pics or old pics from decades ago are uploaded and you could be tagged in them.

    It's all fun and games until your face and id ends up on a lookalike illegals drivers licence etc.:eek:
     
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  16. Patton

    Patton TDPRI Member Gold Supporter

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    It'll be a moot point in a few years anyway. An online story I read recently had the author take notice of every camera he encountered in a normal day. There were a TON!

    Face it, if your in a city, big or small, smile for the camera.
     
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    There’s many group photos sitting on FB.
     
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    I remember when FB came out. I never subscribed to it, and I probably never will.
    A couple of my wife’s friends posted my image on FB, and I found out because my wife told me. I called both of these women, and I asked them to please not post my image without asking me. They stopped.
     
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    I don’t have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc. Only TDPRI as a social medial platform.

    I’ve been encountered numerous times by my wife’s coworkers whom I’ve never met before. They usually say, “hey aren’t you her(wife’s name) husband?!”

    I had a few occasions in public someone approached me because they saw me on my brother’s Facebook and claimed we look alike. :eek:
     
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    I expect that you are a distinguished-looking gentleman with the kind of rugged good looks that a person can't forget!
     
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