Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Alert but not alarmed

The inter connectivity of Yahoo, Google, Amazon, You Tube, Kindle, Face Book, the Android Play Store, from where your download apps and Blogspot  might concern some people. It doesn't worry me but I am little surprised while noticing how it all works together.

If I google something very commercial, such as overseas travel destination, you can be sure I will see things on various sites about the destination, how to get there and where to stay. Should I look at cars, I will see car ads in Face Book. Face Book still hasn't worked out I am gay, so it is not so smart.

I receive notifications about books for sale from Amazon because of what clips I have looked  at on You Tube. Today I uploaded a clip to You Tube for use in a future blog post and a message came to my mobile phone that the clip had successfully uploaded. I suppose it came via G Mail, from You Tube. I guess I signed up or signed in for all these things and as I said, it doesn't worry me, but if I was young, I think I would need to be careful. Thank god X Tube is not in the mix, yet.

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  1. I take no notice of Google ads so haven't monitored how successfully it connects my presumed interests with its advertisers. Perhaps I should be more alert?

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    1. Does Google have ads Victor? I've not noticed. I do notice emails from Amazon with book buying suggestions and I have noticed FB ads connecting to things I may have Googled and also suggested videos on You Tube.

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  2. What? You're gay?
    It is a little bit spooky I agree. I'm slightly protected in that I don't like or use FB or Twitter. Not much comfort really.

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    1. Don't tell anyone Craig. I use FB rarely, usually for family stalking purposes or groups like Lost Gay Melbourne, a history group. I may have sent a tweet a couple of weeks ago, but I don't bother with it much. Frankly, I'd rather spend spare time here and reading other people's blogs.

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  3. Keep Calm and Carry On :)

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    1. Always Hels, always.

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    2. I have the t-shirt!

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    3. Have you read the history Hels? http://www.keepcalmandcarryon.com/history/

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  4. I'm *almost* at the alarmed stage (surprise, surprise) and regretting signing up for many of these things. I wonder if walking through the airport one day I'll get a red mark against my name or be denied entry to a country because I happened to like a FB quote of an opposing political doctrine.

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    1. M, it is certainly all there on the record. The internet doesn't forget but I don't flatter myself that I am very interesting or any threat and you probably shouldn't either.

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  5. I noticed that too ! I once looked for a blouse and saw suddenly blouses everywhere when I opened a webside ! Lately I looked for a Kindle tablet notice, and now I have Kindles everywhere !

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    1. Precisely my point Gattina. Btw, I am not sure how it works for you, but I would not recommend a Kindle as while you can get books for free, with other similar 'devices' here you can easily get ebooks from public libraries.

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  6. I don't get ads, I have something installed that disappears them.

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  7. Fen, they are there. You may have a pop up blocker, but still the ads are there. You just don't see them.

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  8. So would FaceBook behave differently if it DID know you were gay??!!

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    1. Course it would Red. It would show me hot young guys of my equal.

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  9. FB is far too complicated for me to navigate. How do other people put photos on my FB page [to which I've contributed about 6 snippets 2 or 3 years ago]. Read something explaining tweets but that's further beyond my grasp than FB - and the comments I have stumbled across on the 'net [no idea how] have been incredibly banal.

    There are some rather rude and posts of mine out there in blogspace but, as you say, hard to imagine myself as significant enough to warrant paranoia. What I do wonder is whether all that crap in cyberspace is sufficient to clog up the hole in the ozone layer.

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    1. FC, I've never taken the time to learn anything more than the basics of FB and Twitter. R gets very cross when using FB. How do I? I don't know.

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  10. I don't do facebook or any of those other social websites, as you know, but I do get emails from Amazon recommending books I might like based on what I've already bought, also from The Book Depository, Think Geek and other sites I've randomly checked out.

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    1. River, what ever you look at seems to be noted. So you are home now? Nice to have you back.

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