posts tagged with “wtf”

What the Facebook

This weekend I deactivated my Facebook account after six years of near-daily use. I was surprised that Facebook showed such disregard for their users’ privacy by making their new Instant Personalization features opt-out so soon after the Google Buzz backlash a few months ago and their own adventures with Beacon a couple years ago. My surprise turned to shock when, after I disabled these new features, I went to and discovered it knew who I was.

Today I went to Internet Explorer’s website to “get the facts” on why I should upgrade my “old Firefox” to IE8, when I came across this gem on the MythBusting page:

Internet Explorer 8 has much more functionality than other browsers, and its functionality is there from the moment you open the browser. Internet Explorer 8 offers almost all of the features the most popular add-ons in Firefox have, and you’re able to personalize your browser in a way that saves you time and research.

As someone whose job is working with Firefox Add-ons every single day, you can imagine my shock when I learned that IE has almost all of the features of our top add-ons built right in! I did some research trying to figure out how this could have happened, and realized that, like much of the “Get the Facts” section, it is completely untrue.