Friday, August 11, 2006

The Internets and A O Hell

AOL users, check out this article.

AOL's disturbing glimpse into users' lives

A little creepy isn't it?

It brings up the question: How much privacy can an individual reasonably expect while using the internet?

Most of us blogophiles use a sitemeter. I like mine! It tells me where you are from (Sitemeter has me coming from Herndon, Virginia...a place I didn't even know existed before but thanks to my ISP I'm now a resident), what some to all of your IP address is, what ISP you may be using, how much of my blog you read and for how long, what referred you to my blog and what search terms you may have used to find me. Currenly I can track the last 100 users but if I pay Sitemeter money I can track thousands!

It's not spot on accurate but it'll do, pig, it'll do.

Housewife Sex is one of the search terms that leads a soul to my blog. Hi, I'm a housewife! I'm not a virgin. I'm considering putting a list of the search terms that kind of stand out in my sidebar just for giggles.

AOL would of course have all this search information on it's users and then some. It's well known that AOL as well as other search engines have turned over it's cumulated information to the government so Dubya and his ilk can weed out the terrorists who also search for "housewife sex".

So, interweb users, are you comfortable with this?

I can imagine what some outside party could conclude about some of my last search terms. Feel free to come up with your own conclusions:

housewife sex
giant isopod
vash the stampede
stuff on my cat
perimenopause
vinegar wart removal
deluxe superman costume

Yes...I'm sick and twisted. I'm a threat to home and hearth! OK, I'm not...but still, do I want the powers that be knowing that I may be perimenopausal and/or warty?

If you notice, in my sidebar I've also included a link to "Save the Internet". A quote from the site:
  • "Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet's First Amendment -- a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you -- based on what site pays them the most. If the public doesn't speak up now, our elected officials will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign."

As if the first dot com boom and then crash wasn't enough. All hail the pop up ad!

...don't even get me started on parental responsibility on children using the internet and how it relates to MySpace...

3 comments:

  1. I use a sitemeter with the last 100 displayed but just because I find it interesting. I sure wonder sometimes why someone from some of those places in the world would want to view my blog and some of the search terms they use are interesting, but I really don't understand those you listed, at least beyond the first two. I've read your blog quite awhile, including going back to the archives, and your references to sex sure are not XXX rated. Now if someone had found you using a search term like, "sexy housewife," that I'd believe.

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  2. If they dug through my history they'd find some odd things;
    Fat girl diets
    Rice cakes
    How to kill a big bug
    poop checker
    and i wont even get into what my husband looks at and poop checker brought up horrible things but well my son had wierd lookin poop and i wanted to make sure it was ok.. so im sure i could be seen as a nut or a perv.. but most people these days think housewives are a wierd species anyway..

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  3. I scared a man by posting a link to a photo of a giant isopod in a comment. I bet you know just what picture I'm talking about, too...

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