05 December 2018

Cyber Space and You

What are you going to do when it melts? Eh, Ethel?
Social media is like the Hula Hoop of the era... multitudes of folks trying, some struggling, to create good rhythm without looking or feeling left out or inept. Looking good is a common goal. Yet, no matter how good we feel, some of us are shy, want those shades on, a hat, fluff the scarf up, way up.

When websites began asking folks to log in with their Facebook or Twitter account(s). I cringed then, and still do now. The situation creates an uncomfortable feeling of being out in cyber space farther than I care to be. (Yes, bloggers can be shy-ish.)

The dilemma is many websites depend on ads to generate income. We support websites by visiting them. The majority of ads I see are all right. I understand ads can't always match the post they appear near. A post of your travel photos, for example, may not be where you want to see an ad for a medication  to adjust your bowels.  Algorithms aren't perfect.

Participate. Search your name on a few browsers, and into a few page results. Get a feel of where you and the Internet are. Be proactive in setting your cyber boundaries as much as you are able and/or is available.



18 comments:

  1. I am unbearably exposed on social media. Every search I do this time of year appears time and again on my FB page. Too lazy to find and culture another social media.

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    1. Hi Tabor,
      Facebook, I fear, will diminish in popularity as folks gain their bearings in cyner space.

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  2. Good advice. I gave up on Twitter and FB a long time ago. I honestly couldn't see any reason for me to be part of that.

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    1. Hi Debra,
      I limit who I follow to folks I want to support on Twitter. Twitter is good for showing support for folks and issues one cares about...when one remeners they have a Twitter account. :)

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  3. Good Advice. I have a very limited FB footprint and am glad that I have never logged into a site using FB. I found an app to add to Chrome called Badger that blocks cookies. I am almost ad free when on the web now. I still get ads from Amazon reminding me that I viewed an item and it's still available plus others like it. I haven't figured out how to eliminate that.

    Today's question for my family involves this. We have an enclosed back porch, mostly to keep the wind off the house. We keep the door open so we don't have to go out in the cold to let the dogs out. During the night we had a light dusting of snow. When I woke up this morning, there were small animal foot prints in the snow leading out from my porch, but not returning. The question is "what aniimal is sleeping on my porch at night?"

    I will be grateful if that is the worst dilemma of the day.

    Have a good one.
    xx, Carol

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    1. Hi Carol, Maybe a raccoon or fox looking for dog food?
      One of those Opt Out ads works for a short while. I have yet to figure out how to stop some ads. I play free online games, and ads are a must.

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  4. I have an increasingly negative opinion of Facebook, particularly the way I've been repeatedly treated by their moderators while those moderators give a free pass to hate mongering bigots.

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    1. Hi William,
      Facebook, ah yes, methinks there is room for criticism. I complained about phoney ads months before FB took action, note after the ads got in the news.

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  5. I never log into anything with my FB account, and I never joined Google + either. I don't want everything to be connected. It behooves us well to stay alert, although scoundrels abound and are more creative than most, it seems. If only they would use their considerable talents for good in place of evil.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, It takes vigilance to keep up to speed with each new scam. The misspelling search used to grab folks clicking into a fake website that looks like the real place is the one that ticks me off the most. I have a phone about that time that adds letters to words. One needs to be extra careful online.

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  6. I don't like logging in with FB or twitter either and tend to avoid it.

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    1. Hi Jenny, Your blog posts about Mauritius are like being on vacation, gorgeous photos.
      Avoidance failed me once when I was so enthused about an article, I shared it on Facebook. I hope I learned my lesson and never do that again.

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  7. I am not up to date at all,

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    1. Hi Diana, Hope the art sale goes well and is a lot of festive fun.

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  8. I'm not a fan of Facebook, but do have a very limited presence there, primarily so I can see pictures from my family. I don't remember the last time I bothered to post anything, although on occasion I do share something that I feel is worthwhile. Never have figured out twitter, instagram or any of the other social platforms that are out there. Always am suspicious of opening anything via links from facebook too.

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    1. Hi Maryanne,
      You have the good attitude about those websites.
      Limiting use of Facebook, etc. works for me since I got there. I think that's the best way to handle social media. .

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  9. Like others here I never log in with Facebook and everything site I use has a different randomly-generated password.

    I admired your description of social media.

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    1. Hi Graham, Thank you. It's mind boggling why everyone does use unique passwords. Sacrificing safety for convenience makes no sense.

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