What data does Facebook have on you? A staggering amount if you've been using the service for a while. Fortunately, the social network makes it easy (if not straightforward) to find out exactly what information it has about your activities, and even lets you download your Facebook data. Before you begin, make sure you're logged into your Facebook account in your web browser. Once that's done, head over to the "Your Facebook Information" section of Facebook's account management options.
Facebook plans to launch its enterprise collaboration tool "Facebook at Work" publicly next month, according to The Information, following the Slack competitor's time in private beta since January 2015. Technology vendors are using a gloomy backdrop to pitch omnichannel, analytics and the Internet of things as magic bullets vs. Amazon. Like the consumer version of Facebook, the enterprise offering will have your News Feed, Groups, Events, and a dedicated Messenger app -- though it will be company specific. There are said to be audio and video calling to compete with Slack and Skype. Previously thought to be available for free, Facebook is said to offer Facebook at Work in a per seat pricing model, rather than charging a flat rate for the company to access the service.
I don't expect to use the poke function much, but of the five greetings options, poke might be the most interesting one. This is because poking, of course, predates all of these other greeting options. Poking has been part of Facebook since its founding, a cornerstone of Facebook lore, but its actual purpose was never explained. Was it a way of flirting? Were you supposed to poke back?
If you've finally given up on the world's most popular social media network and want to get rid of Facebook, it's not too complicated to remove yourself from the service. But before you delete all of those pictures, posts, and Likes, you should download your personal information from Facebook first. Your Facebook archives contain just about all of the pertinent information related to your account, including your photos, active sessions, chat history, IP addresses, facial recognition data, and which ads you clicked, just to name a few. That's a ton of personal information that you should probably maintain access to. To download your archive, go to "Settings" and click "Download a copy of your Facebook data" at the bottom of General Account Settings, and then click "Start My Archive."