Some folks are just aghast that Facebook uses what often seems like senseless, harmless chatter to make money. Those same people are probably at a loss for words that "free shipping" is not free. (You don't, do you?)
Sorry folks, but free apps cost money somewhere and a little bit of questioning will usually disclose some of the avenues these free sites gather income to exist. (SOME) Do you play the free games with your smart phone? Yup, they are making money somehow and most likely it is with mining your information and selling it to various companies, organizations, or even individuals if they can pay the price.
I am very limited in "sharing" information or signing up for things by using my Facebook account, but they still know about my love of cats, my interest in photography, etc. There are companies that data-mine for a living and don't use Facebook at all.
I get marketing sales pitches quite often that will put our company in front of people who have "surfed" the net for a particular product or in a certain category. It sounded kind of "creepy" and invasive, so I have always turned them down, but it is legal and used frequently. Facebook probably uses it to place ads in the sidebars of your FB page even if you did not actually search for something on their platform.
What do you think? Did you realize this goes on and it does not bother you or are you upset at the invasiveness not only of Facebook but the internet in general? Maybe I should ask, do you know what Facebook is but most people who use the internet have at least heard of the platform. My wife refuses to sign up.
It does not bother me for three basic reasons:
- I expect it
- I take precautions if I do not want to be tracked
- I usually don't go places that I am concerned about being tracked in the first place
Yes, I did say "usually don't go". When I research CDB oil (oil made from hemp) I am careful about pop up ads that could make someone think I am breaking the law. I am probably on their list regardless of how many precautions I take, so I am not obsessive about it but I engage my mind when I surf.