Jamie Thomson

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Ad me, baby!

with 2 comments

In my blog entry Auto-tagging in WL Photo Gallery earlier today The Pipe said the following:

  • I’m going to get inundated with online advertising anyway, so it might as well be something I might actually be interested in.

I completely agree. I see/hear/read many people talking about privacy concerns on the web but quite frankly I don’t see a huge problem in it. If Google et al are going to show me advertising that is more targeted to my personal tastes rather than something I have no interest in then that, to me, seems like an improvement. As Dave Winer correctly stated "Advertising will get more and more targeted until it disappears, because perfectly targeted advertising is just information."

That seems like a good thing to me. So, I say to the big online service providers of the world, "come take my information, and make my life better".



Written by Jamiet

November 18, 2007 at 8:40 pm

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  1. I’d also say furthermore that there is no real privacy concern of someone directing advertising at you based on information that you have posted willingly to the internet for all to see.
    This does however raise something of a dilema around including information about our friends online. Do we have a right to share information about friends, which they may not have given  us permission to share, and which could ultimately result in some negative consequences for them (negative consequences ranging from unwanted advertising to potential public embarassment, even humiliation. It’s a matter of perspective of course.
    Some would argue that if you join someone’s social network, then you are by extension accepting that information you share with them may be shared with others. Some would even go as far as to say that we now live in a society where the very definition of privacy no longer applies in the same way. Any moment, action or quote can be instanteously recorded, uploaded and distributed around the wold in a matter of seconds, and society will just have to learn to deal with it, perhpas by accepting that this happens and developing a thicker skin to those embarassing moments that end up on TYoutube, or maybe by thinking a little more carefully about the things we say and do.
    Of course the other side of the argument would be that people have a right to privacy and ownership of information about themselves, therefore someone (the government, ISPs, individuals, etc) need to ensure that these rights are upheld.
    There are of course many more arguments on either side, and many points do not fall conveniently into one or other camps of thought. There will be many grey areas and it’ll be a long time before anything like an answer to this question can be agreed upon, if ever, but it’s something to think about.


    November 18, 2007 at 9:01 pm

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