Sometimes I wonder if certain companies go too far in their never-ending quest for my data. Do they really need to know EVERYTHING about us? Where does privacy begin and nosiness stop? *rolls eyes*
I’m fairly busy in social media now (blogging, Twitter, etc.) and I’ve voluntarily given websites information about my real self in order to use those websites. I am wary, though, about revealing too much about me online because I’ve written so many stories about identity theft. I don’t mind saying a certain amount about myself in blogging, because blogging for me is more about examining my personal reactions to certain books, authors, other bloggers and world events and seeing what other people say about them.
I’m realistic, though. I recognize that companies need to make a living, website owners must verify that people are the right age to be using that website and the data companies collect is used to create advertisements that they think would appeal to me.
In one of my e-mail accounts, I noticed that it puts up ads with content that makes a reference to content that has only appeared in my e-mail. I am resigned to this practice — if memory serves me right, I think it appears within the terms and conditions — but I can’t say that I’m a big fan of it anyway. It feels invasive. I could get rid of that e-mail account, I suppose, but I don’t think I’ll bother. Everybody else is collecting my data when I surf the Web anyway.
I did try some blocking of this data collection once and it rendered my Twitter account unusable. So I had to unblock it. *sighs resignedly*
But I guess the best thing is just to be wary and exercise caution when you put anything online. The Internet never forgets.
Blog readers, your thoughts?