They can match my Harris Teeter purchases to my Twitter account because I gave both those companies my email address and phone number and I agreed to all that data-sharing when I accepted those terms of service and the privacy policy.
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Here's where it gets truly nuts, though. If my phone is regularly in the same GPS location as another phone, they take note of that. They start reconstructing the web of people I'm in regular contact with.
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The advertisers can cross-reference my interests and browsing history and purchase history to those around me. It starts showing ME different ads based on the people AROUND me. Family. Friends. Coworkers.
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It will serve me ads for things I DON'T WANT, but it knows someone I'm in regular contact with might want. To subliminally get me to start a conversation about, I don't know, fucking toothpaste. It never needed to listen to me for this. It's just comparing aggregated metadata.
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The other thing is, this is just out there in the open. Tons of people report on this. It's just, nobody cares. We have decided our privacy just isn't worth it. It's a losing battle. We've already given away too much of ourselves. gimletmedia.com/shows/reply-…
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"We spotted a senior official at the Department of Defense walking through the Women’s March ... His wife was also on the mall that day, something we discovered after tracking him to his home in Virginia." nytimes.com/interactive/2019…
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So. They know my mom's toothpaste. They know I was at my mom's. They know my Twitter. Now I get Twitter ads for mom's toothpaste. Your data isn't just about you. It's about how it can be used against every person you know, and people you don't. To shape behavior unconsciously.
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Apple's latest updates let you block apps' tracking and Facebook is MAD. They're BEGGING you to just press accept and go back to business as usual. Block the fuck out of every app's ads. It's not just about you: your data reshapes the internet. vox.com/recode/22254815/face…
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The internet is never going to be the wacky place it was when I had a Livejournal and people shared protean gifs in the form of YTMNDs. Big business has come to suck the joy (and your dollars) out of it. At least make it hard for them. 🪡
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Oh, this post is my Twitter high score. If you like D&D consider sticking around, my account is 85% tabletop RPG development and 15% leftist politics.
Soon I’m starting playtesting on my first adventure I intend to publish. It’s about a diamond cartel that’s cornered the market on resurrection. Here’s the first piece of art I’ve commissioned, by Andrew Phan. His portfolio is here: artstation.com/droodesigns
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Plug #2: my brother @josephoforb landed a book deal for his Hollywood satire about a failed actor in a superspy franchise who is framed for murder. It is HILARIOUS. James Bond meets Avengers meets Knives Out. Preorder it. It comes out in July. amazon.com/Jove-Brand-Near-D…

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You haven't sold me toothpaste today, but I pre-ordered the book. Sounds great 😏
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Out of the mind-boggling number of notifications I've gotten today, this has been the cleverest. 💘 Come back in two months and let me know what you thought of it!
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That makes sense. But how about this. Listening to the radio in my car I hear a song I haven’t heard in a while. New station. Not my car so phone never connected. I google the title to find out the artist it autopopulates the full title and artist. Only word was “sometime”
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Your phone can tell you're traveling based on the speed that you're going. You're probably in a car, it's normal to listen to the radio. It knows WHERE you are, so it also knows the local radio stations, and undoubtedly the recent songs played.
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Steven Toast is... JOVE BRAND.
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Wait!! So this whole thread is an ad to a book? I was just visiting my grandma and talked to her about spy movies, Avengers and James Bond.... I mean I don't know you Robert and I don't even know your brother!! Damn, this is getting to be soo good ..
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I’ve observed the shared location targeting before, but I also ran a controlled-ish test: I talked around my phone about how I really needed to buy two things that I’ve never purchased before. I saw social media ads for both things within 48hrs.
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Everytime I am asked to accept privacy settings I decline. Up until now no site has ever refused me entry. Lenny 🇬🇧 I'm caught between Oral-B pro-expert and Arm & Hammer advance white with charcoal 🪥 Thanks for your expert info 👍🏼
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Stop and think 🛑
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