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    Watching me

    Like so many other people, I am a slave to the social networking craze. You can find me on Friendster, MySpace, LinkedIn, Plaxo and Facebook ā€” not to mention this very neat blog. And despite my path toward ubiquitousness I was thinking not too long ago of expanding my roster.

    But I’m now reconsidering my presence on our mighty World Wide Web. I’ve been fighting the urges to cancel many of the aforementioned accounts because, well, people are starting to spook me.

    Newly engaged as I am, I decided a few weeks back to tweak my Facebook profile. So, I changed my “Relationship Status” to engaged, proudly declaring to every Tom, Dick and Hank that I am such a catch that one of their own wants to marry me, and to “Take that!”

    It was soon after the change that I noticed ads appearing on my Facebook profile. Ads for wedding photographers and wedding magazine subscriptions and wedding rings and wedding planners and on and on. It took me a day or two to figure out that the advertisements appearing on my page were not a coincidence.

    Oh, my god, I’m being stalked,” I thought. “I’m a mere data figure for marketers, a target for advertisers, who will relentlessly chase me and my money and find a way to weave themselves in to my ambitions and dreams.”

    My pride over the status change has turned into paranoia. I feel violated due to my own actions. And Jill Scott‘s song “Watching Me” has been on repeat in my head.

    I’m under some kind of microscope.
    Satellites over my head,
    transmitters in my dollars.
    Hawking, watching, scoping, jocking,
    scrutinizing me.
    Checking to see what I’m doing,
    where I be,
    who I see,
    how and where and with whom I make my money.
    What is this?”

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    One Response to “Watching me”

    1. 1 Josh Renaud Says:

      Minal, just use Firefox with the AdBlock extension. You’ll never see those ads again. It makes the web a thing of beauty…

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