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All Your Facebook Searches Are Being Recorded

Ashley Feinberg, of Gizmodo fame, was horrified by her Facebook search history.

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If you’ll recall way back in September, Facebook started keeping track of every single time you compulsively searched for that one (or two, or three, or eight) special person you just can’t get off your mind. But almost as quickly as Facebook search history emerged from the darkest recesses of hell to remind us all of how neurotic we really are, people were pretty much able to forget about it and go back to their excessive stalking.

Because to actually access your history, you have to be looking for it. And you have to really hate yourself to take that trip on any sort of regular basis. To find this handy list of inner demons, simply go to your activity log, hit “more” on the left hand side, click “search,” and then sit back and let yourself bask in the boiling flood of shame. Or at least, that’s how I (and most of the Gzmodo staff) responded to finally checking search history after it’s had a good 10 months to collect our misdeeds.

But hey, maybe you’re a different (i.e. better) person than we are! Go check out your search history. How does it make you feel? How much do you hate yourself? How much do you hate us for dragging you down into this collective shame spiral? Let us know down below—misery loves company, so please don’t leave us hanging. And if you’re feeling bold enough, please, share some screenshots. It’s for the greater good.

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Smartphone Users Check Facebook Within 15 Minutes of Waking Up… and More

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In a research report by IDC released Wednesday. The study tapped 7,446 iPhone and Android users in the U.S. between 18 and 44 — representative of the 50% of the population that uses smartphones — and asked them questions about their phone usage across one week in March.

Depending on your perspective, many of the results are either depressing or confirm what you knew all along. For example, it seems that 79% of smartphone users reach for their devices within 15 minutes of waking up. A clear majority — 62% — don’t even wait 15 minutes, and grab their phones immediately. (Among 18-24 year olds, the numbers rise to 89% and 74%.)

Peak Facebook time is during the evening, just before bed. But any time’s good: on average, we visit the Facebook app or the site 13.8 times during the day, for two minutes and 22 seconds each time. Our average total daily mobile time on the site — and remember, this is just via our smartphones — is half an hour.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Childhood Web Site

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It’s embarrassing, as most things are when we were awkward 15-year-old teenagers finishing freshman year of high school. He calls himself Slim Shady! He made something called the Vader Fader! A blinking dinosaur eye welcomes you to his website! But the Angelfire page is also fascinating considering what we know now about Zuckerberg. He describes a Java app called “The Web“, which connected people to one another over the Internet.

So is this the real deal? It looks like it. Motherboard discovered that the contact e-mail of the Angelfire page (Themarke51@aol.com) is an old AOL account under the primary account of ‘ekzooks’. Which is interesting because that ‘ekzooks’ username has been used all over the Internet by a Dr. Edward Zuckerberg. Who is Dr. Edward Zuckerberg? Well, only the father of Mark Zuckerberg.

Everything seems to really point to 15-year-old Zuck creating this Angelfire page but with the Internet being what it is, you never know if this is just some sort of elaborate hoax by some hungry app developer who thinks magnetic poetry can be sold for millions. Still, whether Zuck really once called himself Slim Shady or not, getting a glimpse of what you did as a 15-year-old is never forgiving. You can see more of what might be Mark Zuckerberg’s first website here.

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Will Facebook Win the Google War?

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The winner-takes-almost-all battle between giants is entering phase two as Google begins to compete directly against Facebook and as Facebook is rumored to be starting a new email service.  Both companies have completely different methods, but share the same ultimate goal of taking over the online world.

Google wants to be the ultimate container and search engine for all knowledge in the world.  They’ve been indexing the online world since their inception and have added massive scanning of books, photographing of homes and businesses and second-to-none mapping technologies.

Facebook is taking another approach.  They’re building a closed universe of users who trust each other.  Ultimately, they’re looking to have friends recommend friends — something that happens regularly in real life.  If you’re looking for anything from a new TV to a new Doctor you’re likely to ask a friend or two their opinions.  And that’s where Facebook wants to be.

If both companies are able to play their cards out to the end it’s likely that the Facebook strategy will win.  Of course, much of that depends upon finances and Google is the clear winner here with billions in real revenue and profits.

Facebook is still far behind Google’s income, but has solved the eternal Internet problem – How Do You Get People to Identify Themselves?  Over 200 million people have voluntarily given Facebook detailed information about themselves, their friends, the things they like and even their family details.  Wins don’t get much bigger than this.

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