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Ramblings of a Unix ronin
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mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 5th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. It's getting harder and harder to justify putting anything on the internet when you know data-miners are scouring like crazy to build a "perfect" virtual "you". I'm getting very tired of playing tag with them. First I left MySpace, then it was Facebook, then it was Google+, now I'm considering leaving Diaspora (which has started a flirtation with Google Analytics). Through it all, I've been here, slowly watching LJ slide away from anonymous and private. It's almost impossible now to use the internet without using TOR & a half-dozen other tracker-killing programs.
unixronin From: unixronin Date: July 5th, 2012 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think the underlying concepts of "anonymity/privacy" and "social network" are inherently compatible. (Which is not to say that I don't find Facebook's "all your personal data are belong to us and our marketing partners" reprehensible.) Where I think LiveJournal jumped the shark is the day it added Facebook-style web "games".

(No, they're not games, they're recruit-your-friends timewaters.)
mr_spock From: mr_spock Date: July 5th, 2012 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, those types of games are sometimes mildly entertaining, but you're right about most of them being timewasters. I tried playing a few of them when I was still using FB, and most I only played once. The best were something like 8-bit versions of Morrowind, which doesn't say much for them.
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