30 August 2006

V'chal Maasecha B'sefer Nichtavim - Part 2



And all your deeds, in a book, are recorded.

Indeed.

A while back I noticed something in GMail. I guess it must be part of the signup agreement.

Alongside every Email that I open, is a personalized advertisement that depends on the content of the Email.

When I get Email from Lakewood Yid, the advertisements are from places like Eichlers Seforim store. Email from other Skeptics are accompanied by ads from Talit manufacturers and Egalitarian synagogues.


Big Brother is really watching over your shoulder.

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    8 Comments:

    At August 31, 2006 9:42 AM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

    Be afraid. Be very afraid, lol.

     
    At August 31, 2006 10:28 AM, Blogger Baal Habos said...

    Frumg, afraid of man or afraid of God? :)

    I am quite concerned about privacy but I also don't want others burned, so I post these privacy issues.

    Btw, you've got a Gorgeous web site. You're in my bloglines.

    Saw my first post about anonymity on the web? You do have your Sitemeter configured as private. That's good. But I'm hesitant to comment because of your moniker "Frumg". I have no gripe about Frum, just I must protect my privacy. Maybe one day.

    I am quite concerned, because I do relate a lot of sensitive info.

    Saw Ventor's post? Does anyone know what it means?

     
    At August 31, 2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Irviner Chasid said...

    Google scans your email and finds key words to place context sensitive ads.

    However they do not do profiles on people or anything like that.

    Infact, you can see the same google ad techonlogy on my blog (or your use to) and it was funny cuase I kept getting ads for bloggers and ads for Chabad, but nothing for Irvine!

     
    At August 31, 2006 1:08 PM, Blogger Baal Habos said...

    IC, of course I understood the technology that they scan the Emails, but are you sure there's no profiling that kept in a database? I.E. Baalhabos, whoever he is, might have a profile associated with him?

    For example, when I log onto Amazon, they remind me what kind of books I'm interested in. They definitely keep a database.

    BTW, did you see my "comment" that I owed you -

    http://baalhabos.blogspot.com/2006/08/private-orthoprax-continued.html

     
    At August 31, 2006 2:27 PM, Blogger Irviner Chasid said...

    >IC, of course I understood the technology that they scan the Emails, but are you sure there's no profiling that kept in a database? I.E. Baalhabos, whoever he is, might have a profile associated with him?

    For example, when I log onto Amazon, they remind me what kind of books I'm interested in. They definitely keep a database.


    first, yes I saw your comment, I always check all the comments on the page :P

    Second, I know that Google doesn't have a profile because Yahoo! does.

    What I mean is, Google and Yahoo often argue about the proper way of doing business and Google claims that thier method is superior because it doesn't make any socilogical assumptions that may be incorrect. Giving the users the power to associate, also gives users the power to "cheat the system" according to the google engineers.

    What I like about google, is that they have full control over so much information and they have thier programs do all the work. This means that even when the owners of the company retire, or if someone god forbid can't work anymore, the system can continue without the end user knowing the difference.

    There are 3 places in which google has a profile. 1. You can sign up for a profile while searching. (you can turn the profiled search results on and off if you like)
    2. Google Groups gives you a profile that you set up.
    3. Blogger.com

     
    At August 31, 2006 2:31 PM, Blogger Baal Habos said...

    OK, I'm sold!

     
    At August 31, 2006 2:41 PM, Blogger Irviner Chasid said...

    I actually enjoy teasing my friends when they send me emails and I make wierd refrences from the google ads I get.

    Like once someone was asking me about setting up a game of risk, and I kept getting ads for risk management, and one ad for a mental hospital :P

     
    At September 02, 2006 10:37 PM, Blogger FrumGirl said...

    I meant by Big Brother and I was just teasing. While anyone can get paranoid over the usual conspiracy theories, its not worth the time spent worrying. OF course we should fear G-d that goes without saying.

    Thank you so much for the compliment. I'm not sure why you wont comment but thats ok. It would be a hige honor and pleasure for me if you should decide to change your mind!

    As for the LakeVent - who knows. I will check out your post about anonimity asap.

     

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