How to stop Facebook friends from tracking you

A handy step-by-step guide for disabling the social networking site's Places feature

Do you know where your friends are? Facebook might be able to tell you -- whether they want you to know or not.

Facebook has debuted a new location service called Places that allows you to add your location to posts. It also allows others to tag you at a particular location, and it can even tell you who is near you at any moment. And as Facebook usually does with new features intended to rob you of any remaining illusions of privacy, it's all enabled by default.

It's all well and good, until you happen to be somewhere that you prefer not to broadcast to the world. If nobody sees you, fine. If a friend recognizes you and tags your location, then good luck denying it later. (You can delete tags, but if you don't happen to see the notification for a few hours or days, the word will be out.)

Just what kind of scenario might lead to you not wanting your location known, we leave up to you. Perhaps you want everybody to know when you're sipping cocktails at a posh bar in Northwest D.C., or that you just bought some worms at an Annapolis bait shop. But if you prefer not to have all of your Facebook friends aware of your movements, you need to change some privacy settings.

The good folks over at Gawker have a step-by-step guide, with pictures, to make it easy to do. Click here for the lowdown.

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Reader comments

Thu, Nov 4, 2010

Convince the victims of abuse, who may be fleeing their abuser with whom they have shared facebook with up until the the time they flee, that this is a good thing. You can't avoid everything but given a choice at least you have a shot at migating the dnagers... Just proves the age old adage that nothing ever is really free.

Wed, Aug 25, 2010

Can anyone explain to me this need current society has with the Look At Me syndrome? How did we get to this point? Mindless drither over stuff no one is really interested in. Just stop it. If everyone spent the same amount of time doing something constructive instead of this mindless chatter and expose' fettish, we could be a stronger more secure and flush economy.

Tue, Aug 24, 2010 RayW

If you REALLY are concerned about your privacy even sometimes, then why are you on facebook etc.? Sure, the hints given at gawker may work for a bit, but those things have a bad habit of mysteriously or as a new "feature", changing without you noticing. Of course, you could do like some folks I know, put false information out there and your true friends know who and where you really are and you can still use facebook as a tool without the rest of the world knowing who you really are (well, I do not know what they do with the IP address).

Tue, Aug 24, 2010

Sounds like Big Brother to me.

Mon, Aug 23, 2010 USA

Why on earth would anyone in their right mind want to put themselves out there in any of these social networking applications? They do more harm than good. As they always do, they start out with some good intentions but always with the bottomline intention to make make money. These things are then ripped and gutted by hackers and anyone that learns the hate their neighbor. Our kids today are just as naive in their thinking that this is such a wonderful world and technology is great. The older generations think they are smarter and more sophisticated. Neither are. We allow ourselve to fall into this false sense of security and thinking. People are so wickedly stupid to think their privacy is safe and believe that these companies are really going to protect them and their privacy. Wrong idea and wrong belief. But if you don't care for your safety and your privacy, then cut lose, enjoy and ride it out and hope that you don't show up on some youtube clip or the front page looking like some fool that your really are! You deserve what you get.

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