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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    What do you think of the merge?
    MyBlogLog was/is a good way to encourage a buzz about one's blog.
    I enjoyed "meeting" other bloggers there and encouraged a couple of online blogger friends to join.
    I always enjoyed using it but now there's a saccharine taste in my mouth.

    MyBlogLog has now merged with Yahoo Groups.
    In order to use MyBlogLog one has to log on with a Yahoo Group ID.

    I'm not crazy about the merger especially since I read about this privacy concern in relation to Yahoo Groups

    Do you use MyBlogLog?
    http://www.mybloglog.com/

    I was really surprised when I tried to log in but found out that I had to combine a Yahoo Groups ID in order to login

    How do you feel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhia7
    In order to use MyBlogLog one has to log on with a Yahoo Group ID.
    How do you feel?
    I feel that Yahoo is very interested in data mining. They'll put it to good use.

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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    I feel that Yahoo is very interested in data mining. They'll put it to good use.
    Sounds interesting, Webworker.
    Can you think of some creative possibilities?
    [I have a feeling that I'll be sorry that I asked ]
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    Rhia, for one they can use the data for analysis for behavioral marketing; that's on the advertising side. On the search side, they can use the data for click stats, but it'll be a very handy webmap tool for detecting nepotistic linking and subtly done linking schemes.

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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    WebWorker,

    Would you then suggest that a member might discontinue using the
    "WebBlogLog service?"
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    I'd use it unless I had a lot of cross-linked domains identified with the one involved. To be honest, I've never heard of bloglog before, so thanks for bringing it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    Rhia, for one they can use the data for analysis for behavioral marketing...
    True, I'm not negating what you said but I also think of this:
    Google and Google's website Analytics -- talk about knowing every breath you take

    I am against the idea of making it difficult to opt-out of tracking.
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    Whoa...when did this happen? Must have been within the last few days. I am definitely not feeling this move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    Whoa...when did this happen? Must have been within the last few days. I am definitely not feeling this move.
    That's funny, because I was thinking the same thing. When did it happen?

    I enjoyed MyBlogLog, but if it has merge with Yahoo Groups, I think I will stop using it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProWebAddict
    Whoa...when did this happen? Must have been within the last few days. I am definitely not feeling this move.
    Check it out:
    MyBlogLog is now a part of the Yahoo! family.

    Sign up now using your Yahoo! ID.
    ~http://www.mybloglog.com/
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    What's the word? Rhia7's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by webworker
    I'd use it unless I had a lot of cross-linked domains identified with the one involved. To be honest, I've never heard of bloglog before, so thanks for bringing it up.
    Haven't you noticed a side bar/"widget" of faces/pics indicating recent readers of a blog? It was very popular for a while and I admit the entire schema was fun -- I got "in touch" with other interesting bloggers.

    I still have not decided what course of action I'll take next.
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    I think yahoo is just trying to keep up with google's data mining. Google gets data from crawling the web, clicking on results, the google tool bar, gmail, adsense, adwords, maps (ip's and typed in data), checkout, stats, and every other thing they offer. I won't be surprised when they offer free rfid chips to implant in your children. Yahoo has to keep up with the data mining or they'll just get eaten up by a conglomerate like Rupert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcouvillon
    I won't be surprised when they offer free rfid chips to implant in your children.
    You & I think alike (at least on this topic)
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    Brave New World.

    mcouv, I feel the same way about G tracking all our history, with analytics, adsense, bookmarks, etc. and I am afraid that one day we will pay for it and I don't feel comfortable about it at all.

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    Unhappy Too much data for my personal privacy zone
    You all may have seen this as it has a date on it of 2006 but I just got the link a few days ago. I'm sure you should take it with a grain of salt as its got a conspiracy feel about it.

    http://albumoftheday.com/facebook/

    I did however look at the privacy policy and find this:
    Pay attention to the bold italic parts.
    Quoted on Nov 4, 2007 from: http://www.facebook.com/policy.php

    Facebook may also collect information about you from other sources, such as newspapers, blogs, instant messaging services, and other users of the Facebook service through the operation of the service (e.g., photo tags) in order to provide you with more useful information and a more personalized experience.

    We may provide information to service providers to help us bring you the services we offer. Specifically, we may use third parties to facilitate our business, such as to host the service at a co-location facility for servers, to send out email updates about Facebook, to remove repetitive information from our user lists, to process payments for products or services, to offer an online job application process, or to provide search results or links (including sponsored links). In connection with these offerings and business operations, our service providers may have access to your personal information for use for a limited time in connection with these business activities. Where we utilize third parties for the processing of any personal information, we implement reasonable contractual and technical protections limiting the use of that information to the Facebook-specified purposes.
    I didn't see anything about other sources such as newspapers and blogs or anything about job applications on myspace. Does anyone know anything else about this? I'm not a conspiracy theorist or anything but this is kind of messed up.

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