Facebook and Your Activity Log

facebook eyeToday Facebook began rolling out a new feature that lets you see a history of everything you’ve searched for on the social network. A list of search queries now appears intermingled with all the Likes, comments, and wall posts that appear inside the Activity Log — a private section of your profile that only you can view. via Facebook now saves all your searches to your private Activity Log

Your activity log is a tool that lets you review and manage everything you share on Facebook. Your activity log is a list of your posts and activity, from today back to the very beginning. You’ll also see stories and photos you’ve been tagged in, as well as the connections you’ve made – like when you liked a Page or added someone as a friend. Only you can see your activity log.

Facebook also stores a lot of information about you, some of which it shares with advertisers by allowing them to target you based on hashtags attached to your account.

While most of the information should not be too shocking — you do, after all, post and share your life on Facebook — there are a few surprises. Facebook gives a full description here of everything that is stored in the archives, and how to block this information from being uploaded if you choose. via What Facebook Knows About You – Business Insider.

Here’s how to stop Facebook from tracking you
How to permanently delete a Facebook account

24 thoughts on “Facebook and Your Activity Log

  1. I thought all sites visited tracks you with cookies. Cookies are stored on your computer in Windows. A PC user can delete their cookie history I thought.

    I’m beginning to really wonder what is the benefit of socializing on Facebook and writing a blog if all you get are people who criticize what you do if not done the way they think it should be done or if anybody is even reading your blog. Often times I feel like I’m talking and writing to myself. People basically come, take what they want and leave without commenting, rating, or liking. I must be feeling blue :(

    • I’m not a facebook fan myself. But my blog is still very new and has grown in the short time so dear to me! I’ll have a look at your blog! You deserve a hug!! :-)

      • Thank you! You are so kind. We put so much effort into our blogs and all we want is a word or two.:)

        • Thanks for your kind words. Please don’t take this a negative feedback but I find your new blog layout confusing. When I visit I’m not clear on where the most recent posts are on the blog now.

        • Yes absolutely! You have more than 2 words from me! You are dedicated with what you do because you do it with your heart!! This is what counts. Do it for love and not for the rewards..the rewards will flow!! I promise you this. Maybe just not in the form you expect.

  2. So FB says you can see your entire searching history. Now would a person want to see everything for their own tracking history ie. the last 2-5 yrs.? No, time waster. So obviously FB is doing it for marketers and whoever else.

  3. timethief, it took just over an hour for me to receive everything. There was nothing unexpected there, just what I’ve posted. And I’ve only been on FB since Dec. 2011 so perhaps that’s why it was so much quicker for me. If no one else can see my Activity Log, I don’t understand why their keeping what I do and post is a bad thing. It’s an archive I don’t have to keep on my hard drive or a backup or external…yadda yadda yadda.

    Does anyone else think this is an invasion of privacy? If they don’t share it with anyone I see no harm. Perhaps I am naive and need to be more informed and schooled. I welcome remedial help, LOL.

    • Many people consider the tracking to be an invasion of privacy. Aside from like button use Facebook has more than 200 ways of tracking its users around the web. Cookies identify you anonymously and communicate your background interests to advertisers. Facebook uses these types of cookies to activate the “like” buttons on other websites. Facebook provides the means for advertisers to spy on you and target you.

      • OK, thanks for explaining. I’m a big fan of the X (for closing down windows or pop-ups), I’m known as the Queen of the Delete Elite (button) and my mama taught me how to say “No thanks.” So advertisers don’t have a chance with me, timethief.

        To me it’s like Gmail having advertising according to the words I use in my emails. So silly, IMHO. But I’m jaded; I spent 11 years in New York City as assistant librarian in an advertising association so I know what these guys are trying to do. As I say on the phone to telemarketers and folks looking for donations of clothing, etc. “I’m not interested but good luck with your next call” right before I hang up. And that’s AFTER registering on the Do Not Call list.

        • Like you I’m in the “jaded” demographic that dislikes advertising. Sneaky advertising is truly a pee-off.

          Aside: My friend told me wearing Jade influences a person to have high hopes, a positive attitude, a stable life, a blissful love life and abundance of good luck. ;)

    • Hi Maura,
      You can see that I have a belated reply pattern going here. I do apologize and I’m so glad to hear you like my artistic taste.

  4. The business insider doesn’t tell you how to stop them from tracking you and it doesn’t tell you who to block your info from being uploaded. Can you provide a link to a video or page that can explain how to do this?

      • Timethief – please edit this fix the link to make it work (if you want to post the link at all of course!!), I was afraid if I pasted it as full proper hyperlink this would go to Spam –

        Actually, at the very end of the BI story is a link to another story How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You – the direct link – http://www.businessinsider.com/heres-how-to-stop-facebook-from-tracking-you-2012-9?op=1
        The Firefox Privacy option is under Firefox>Preferences, not the Tools menu bar as stated in article. Most proposed solutions involve add-ons mostly free. I think I have some work to do… Thank you Timethief again for keeping us abreast of this stuff.

      • Hi there,
        Yes, indeed they do. Facebook tracks you by cookies and Using this cookie, among other things, Facebook knows what you have read on a web page even if you did not click the “like” button. Canceling your account is not the same as deactivation. As you have pointed out if log-in just once before the 14 days are up that will reactivate your account. Thanks for providing that link. I edited my post to include it.

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