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Craig Patik
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Traveler, web developer, and Arsenal fan
Traveler, web developer, and Arsenal fan

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Discovered something annoying about one's own Facebook profile. (In all likelihood this change took place a year ago and everyone else knows but me.)

I just noticed that Facebook wiped out the favorite books, movies, and music that I had added all those years ago. In their place were one very recent book and movie -- good ones, but certainly not favorites.

I recently added a few new friends whom I haven't been in contact with in years. As they peruse my newly-accessible profile, this is what they'll think I'm into. How nice.

So I re-added my favorites using the mobile site (the iOS app doesn't let you edit your info). Instead of the single large text field that I remember, I was faced with five separate single-line input fields.

I filled them in. Curiously, the next screen asked me to confirm that when I typed "Amelie" I really meant "Amélie" -- apparently this was the spelling that Facebook has been programmed to recognize. I tapped Okay, not thinking much about it.

The next morning I open my feed to find that I am now receiving updates about Amélie and all my favorite bands and books. Apparently Facebook automatically "Liked" each of those corresponding pages for me. Facebook must not have been happy with the older free-form input fields and now forces each of your interests to match with an item in its database.

Most troubling, from my perspective, is that I just clogged my friends' feeds with a whole bunch of "Craig likes X" posts for things relevant 10, 20, or more years ago. Everyone thinks this 29-year-old discovered the Beatles only just now.

Thanks, Facebook. I don't mind matching my interests to your database, but I do mind you: A) changing my profile without notifying me, and B) spamming my friends' feeds. Do you wonder why I'm writing this on Google+ ?
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Football season is back! Come on Arsenal!
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