a rant from talking to a friend about google vs ello that turned into a diatribe about consumer tracking. Curious to hear your thoughts.
I think the fact that google is quickly monopolizing all our internet networks and thus our personal data is creepy. Google does not require you to use your real name but it is really difficult to set the settings to do not track. I have mine set up that way but now that I think about it that is probably just for chrome and general google sign in. I bet there is another setting somewhere to make it so google+ does not track. Generally through you browser you can set up do not track but since there is no laws governing internet user tracking, no companies have to follow it. Ello says they respect it but we don't have anyway of knowing for sure. (I don't think... probably someone a bit geekier than I but I don't of anyone atm.)
I think that different people have different thoughts on this. Basically what they do with this data is create profiling. It is why if you fit s certain demographic you will get certain ads that might not be at all relevant to you. Some people believe this is an invasion of privacy. Its like grocery stores tracking what you buy. Other people feel that 'voting with your dollar' is important to show that alternative paradigms exist. Take buying organic, by buying organic and it being tracked then more money is going to be put into organics bc of supply and demand. By showing that people buy organic at chain stores like safeway, means that chain stores are more likely to carry organic and thus organic food will be more available to people that might otherwise be seen as a demographic that doesn't care about eating organic. But then in doing so organic becomes something that moves from small family farmers to monocropping by big business and then our organic labels are owned by RJ Reynolds. Anywho, wow that was a rant (diatribe) alright. ha.