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Are Twitter's Policy Changes Good for You?

Twitter logoTwitter recently announced changes to their service and to their Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. These changes provide more details about the information they collect and how they use it; describe the various ways you can set your preferences to limit, modify, or remove the information they collect; clarify the limited circumstances in which your information may be shared with others; and clarify how your relationship with Twitter works.

Twitter is now experimenting with tailoring suggestions for who to follow. The suggestions are based on what other Twitter users are following and visits to websites in the Twitter ecosystem. The suggestions are not yet implemented for everyone. The good news is that if you don't want to tailor Twitter in this way, they allow you to turn off this collection. Twitter will respect the "Do Not Track" browser setting.

The "Do Not Track" browser setting tells a website that you don't want to be tracked. It is supported in these recent versions of the major browsers: Firefox 5+, Internet Explorer 9+, and Safari 5.1+. A third-party extension is available for Chrome 17.0 or higher. Twitter even provides detailed instructions for turning on the browser setting.

Twitter provides more information about these changes in their blog post, New tailored suggestions for you to follow on Twitter.

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