Targeted marketing surveys?

Ok, this is somewhat scary.

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I didn’t even think about the poll until after I’d clicked an option. Should I be worried that “they” know enough about me purely from information gathered autonomously to ask if I liked a spiritual sequel to KOTOR or a game about parkour better? Both of which titles I eagerly anticipate playing within the next five years? I don’t even think I’m in a gaming group. Well, maybe I am. Crap, I’m in like five of them.

I generate information for humans, not robots. I really wish Facebook had a robots.txt option.

But seriously. I answered the poll. That’s even worse! They have extracted more information from me! Soon they will derive vital information from my preference, like my secret plans to have a finger removed in order to insert an assassination blade. Airport security will start stopping everyone with four fingers and then where will I be? Not en route to stabbing evil Facebook scrubbing bots, that’s where.

In other, tangentially related, information, Nineteen Eighty-Four recently landed on my Christmas reading list. Stuff that in your hat and eat it, robot!

p.s. What happened to the last one percent, I wonder? Dead, most likely. Sad.

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2 Responses to “Targeted marketing surveys?”


  1. 1 phanboy_iv November 26, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    1984 is a good one, truly.

    Social networks are evil, anyway.
    What I’d really like to do is join an antisocial network,
    but I don’t know anyone that uses one….

  2. 2 Lazor December 29, 2007 at 10:10 pm

    1984 is amazing. I read it last year.

    Myspace-Internet trashcan that makes dumb people think they can program in HTML. (True story: some teacher asked if any of us use HTML, and 3 girls raised their hands and shouted “ON MYSPACE!”, copy-pasta does NOT make you a programming genius.)

    Facebook- Full of application, causes, groups, networks, polls, grafitti, and general stuff. I don’t even click links on that sight, for fear of adding more applications.


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