(photo credit: Garlic portrait by Liz West on flickr.com. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode.)
I’m a little creeped out. Actually a lot of creeped out.
Yesterday, I went on moo.com and vistaprint.com and did mockups of business cards. I decided not to order the cards at this time, and worked on both sites as a guest, without providing my email or any information regarding my social media sites.
About an hour after I decided against the cards, I went onto Facebook and there was an advertisement in my feed for vistaprint.com. In the ad was a business card with the design that I had used in the mockup I did on their site. It didn’t have my personal information on it, but it was the exact design of the hundreds of designs they have available.
Even more creepy, I opened my Facebook account this morning and there was an ad for moo.com on my page and it had the exact design I’d used in that mockup on the ad. Then I noticed that another ad was for a sweater I bought online last week, from another company.
I know that all these online sites are sharing my information with each other or selling it to each other, which bothers me a lot, but the fact that it is so immediate makes me feel like Big Brother really is watching me all of the time. I don’t like that feeling.
There is a part of me that wants to cut off all online activity, return to bricks and mortar stores and handwritten letters to communicate with friends who live far away. Of course I won’t do that; it would turn my life upside down, but I would like to understand better how all of this sharing of information occurs. There must be people out there who are doing something to block this creepy sharing of information. I want to know who they are and what they are doing, because I’m feeling the need to join a movement. Or at least figure out how to keep the creepers dirty fingers off my stuff.
What’s the online equivalent of wearing garlic around your neck?
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