The other day, I shared a link (http://www.aboutads.info/choices/ ) with Facebook friends which enables folks to “opt out” of certain types of web tracking.
Facebook recently announced it would no longer honor do not track requests set from browsers, which (in my opinion) sucks bigtime. Facebook wants to use your travels across the web to customize/target ads displayed in your timeline. If it doesn’t bother you, that’s fine. Continue allowing Facebook (and others) to stalk you. Personally, I object to this. But it’s your decision.
For whatever reason, Robert Scoble (self proclaimed geek gasbag) decided to single me out as he posted a piece on being tired of Privacy Advocates. He preceded tagging me by “liking” one of my other posts. He probably randomly looked for someone to target and picked me. It doesn’t bother me and I won’t unfriend him, but I unfollowed and ignored him some time ago. If ads improve the quality of HIS life, fine. Can’t be much of a life. I know a few people still consider him a rock star. That’s another opinion, and if it’s yours, you are entitled to it. That’s what makes the world go around.
I’m sure you can think of tons of reasons not to share your browsing/shopping habits with Facebook and other companies, or maybe you don’t care. Which ever bucket you fall into, it’s YOUR decision.
Just remember that if you elect to use the opt out, you can opt out of ALL “member” companies. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Choose All Companies. Do this for every browser on your system. And if you clear cookies at any time, you will need to do this again.