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Support Your EVO contacts' phone# Is On FaceBook

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  1. EVU

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    Just a FYI or Reminder:

    THE PHONE NUMBERS IN YOUR PHONE are now on Facebook.


    Go to the top right of the screen, click on ACCOUNT> EDIT FRIENDS > left side of screen and click CONTACTS.


    You will see all phone numbers (FB friends or not) are published that you have stored in your mobile phone.


    TO REMOVE, go to Right column, click on "this page," then click "remove"


    You will get an email from FB when everything is cleared. F&F who wish to display their phone# will not be cleared.
     

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    I Didn't know that. I even manually sync my contacts with Facebook.
     
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    Here is a little more detail on what it is & what it isn't.
     
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    Yea, I just saw this yesterday. It really ticks me off that Facebook is doing this without our knowledge. When you go to settings in the Facebook app, you are given two options: Sync with Friends, or Sync all. But BOTH of those say they ONLY sync your Facebook friends TO your phone, not TO Facebook. Even the Sync All says it will only sync all of your Facebook friends to your phone, whether or not they are already a contact in your phone. It says NOTHING about syncing your ENTIRE phonebook with Facebook.
     
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    Their settings are some of the most confusing in terms of usability & ergonomics around. Not to mention non-security effectiveness.

    I can't wait till Google+ improves the game for all of us.
     
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    for the record...they are not "published" as many people are putting it.

    and as many have said...it's actually been there for a while now

    it is an online back up of your contacts...much like your contacts are linked to google

    Rumors claiming... | Facebook
     
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    Hey everyone,

    I wanted to share my findings with regard to this Facebook/phone contacts thing. I was searching around when this came out, but I didn't find anything describing what I was seeing with my phone and Facebook account. This is a slightly modified email I had sent to a friend. Sorry, I don't get into version code names, I'm a numbers guy.

    The EVO comes with Facebook for HTC Sense. It shows your FB contacts in its People app and shows their profile pics and status updates as well. To my knowledge, this is a one-way sync, meaning FB contacts are shown on the phone, but phone/Gmail contacts are not provided to Facebook. I just checked the help doc on the phone and that seems to be what it indicates.

    I believe the Facebook for Android app, on the other hand, is the culprit. But, it's complicated. I do in fact remember an option in the app to sync contacts. I disabled it because I was using the one for HTC Sense. In the app settings, there was an Other Settings section where you could configure this. That option is no longer available for me. It appears to be because of the Google/Facebook data portability spat. Google isn't enforcing it on anything but the Nexus S (running Android 2.3.3+) and other new devices like it.

    I upgraded my phone to 2.3.3 recently, and I think that's why Facebook disabled the sync option. On a non-HTC phone that doesn't have native syncing like Facebook HTC Sense, the Facebook app would have shown your FB contacts in the phone's contact list, I believe. But because of the spat, I think they have removed this option. Whether it's only on 2.3.3+ devices or all of them I don't know.

    While removing the option to sync FB contacts with your phone's contact list, they apparently DID NOT remove the option to sync your phone's contact list with FB, and they provided no way to disable that. That's probably a slap in the face of Google. Seeing as how I knew I had disabled syncing in the app in the past, I was stumped as to how it was doing it. I think this is what's going on. I'm pretty sure that had I gone into that contacts section on FB in the past, my phone's contacts would not have been there, at least until I did the upgrade and updated Facebook.

    I don't remember what version of the FB app I was running. It was one of the 1.6.x flavors. I have since logged out of the app and uninstalled all updates. Not surprisingly, my phone's contacts have not been re-uploaded to Facebook.

    I'd like someone who is not running 2.3.3, but has the latest version of the app, to see if they have the option to disable syncing. I'd like to know if Facebook is checking the Android version or if they eliminated that option for everyone. The fact that they eliminated the option to sync, yet still continue to do so, is annoying.
     
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    "Only you can see your contacts
    Your Contacts list is like a phonebook that only you can see. It includes numbers that 1) you may have synced from your phone or 2) your friends have chosen to share with you. To control who sees your contact information, visit your privacy settings."
     
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