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Facebook’s Open Graph is a way for developers to weave their programs into Facebook’s social networking world. Spotify is cleverly built into this fabric, allowing listeners to seamlessly publish all their music habits to their Facebook profiles.

When you first sign up to Spotify and connect your Facebook account to the service, you’re asked whether you want to send your music activity to Facebook’s Open Graph. This option is on by default.

Keeping the option selected is a good idea if you want to use Facebook as a music recommendation tool because it can analyze the type of music you listen to and suggest other music you might be into. What’s more, friends who aren’t yet using Spotify can see posts about your music habits and might be encouraged to join the Spotify world, too.

However, anyone who has a secret Judy Garland and Barry Manilow obsession should be prepared for their musical tastes to become common knowledge. Happily, you can turn off the music sending. Go into Spotify and choose File→Preferences (on a Mac, choose Spotify→Preferences). In the Facebook section, uncheck the Get Personal Recommendations by Sending Music You Play to Facebook’s Open Graph box.

When you feel like you want Spotify to start posting to Facebook again, you can turn this option back on at any time. Any listening history you posted to Facebook before turning off this feature still remains intact.

Be aware though, that other activity, such as playlists you subscribe to and other listening trends, could still be sent to Facebook, even when you deselect this option.

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