Is any of your information collected here on this site? Well, inevitably, some of it is. Sigh… But it’s not much, and it’s only for a few simple reasons.
- Spam comments.
I have a plug in that effectively limits spam comments here on the site. If I didn’t have that little plug in, I’d be dealing with upwards of 1000’s of daily comments about viagra and cialis and god only knows what else. My plug in tracks ip addresses, and other small internet thingy’s (I’m not technically advanced at all), and blocks spammers. The current program is doing a great job, and I’m glad that it has collected those tiny tidbits of information, which is all done automatically.
- Share This.
If I want people to share what I post, it really helps to have a “share this” option. This is a third party plug in, and I’m reasonably sure that they collect and track information like… I don’t know what… but the plug in is a freebee, so I’m sure they make their money some how. If you don’t want them to know anything at all about you, I’d suggest you share your favorite posts by copying and pasting the actual url or link to the post.
- Visitor Stats.
So, I like to know what posts are getting the most views. It’s a nice ego boost, and knowing what my visitors are interested in helps me to decide what to research and post about. Also, it’s really nice to watch that visitor count go up every day. Gives me a reason to put in all the long hours that I put in here on the site, slaving away at my computer until late into the night. 🙂 I’m sure that the stat counter is some kind of data miner, how could it not be? But it’s pretty benign, I think, and you’d be hard pressed to find a website that doesn’t have one installed somewhere.
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- But Wait There’s More
Net neutrality is a very important issue that we don’t hear much about… but there’s going to be a vote that could change everything you will be able to do online. If you value your freedom to surf and explore, and if you are tired of what is already a constant and persistent stream of propoganda, you might want to do something to preserve a free internet.
Not convinced? Watch this!
So, if you want to do something about it, here’s a link to a page to check out: Join the Battle for Net Neutrality
I know, right?
Especially if you’re like me and over think everything to the point of exhaustion!