Watching you, watching me... - Grin with cat attached — LiveJournal
|| Watching you, watching me...
||Apr. 25th, 2006 09:21 pm|
If you're tracking users to your journal, please assume I know about it.|
http://kissycat1000.livejournal.com/486249.html - particularly
I'm not planning to unfriend people over this, but it's only fair that you know that I know.
It's a rotten thing to do, in most cases. While tools are neither good nor bad in and of themselves, and I know several people with actual stalker problems, more often than not these things fall into petty creepy social games of projected (and often incorrect) motivations. Gah.
Hmm, I think I signed up to something a while ago out of interest and then quickly decided it was a bad idea. But I just stopped looking at it, I didn't unsubscribe. And now I can't remember what the website was. If I can remember I'll go and unsubscribe, as it really was a stupid idea.
Oh, thanks. The site is a bit unforthcoming on ways to cancel anything you've set up; but I've changed my mood theme (from the custom one to Marcus's Beheaded Boy), so that should do it, shouldn't it?
That stops any further tracking, yes.
I could understand most of the individual words in that post, but putting them together defeats me. It looks like a weird thing to do with a journal, to my way of thinking...
So, who wants to write the tool that finds the tool?
What is it? How do I know if it's being used by me or on me, and what kind of bad things will it do to me?
I don't understand why people get their panties in a knot over this.
It's not the technology itself, it's the people that misuse it that give it a bad rep. The "AHA NOW I SECRETLY KNOW IF YOU READ AND WHAT AND HOW!" thing, when there are a variety of ways that it might be subverted (either intentionally or accidentally). I know I personally had a moment of "oh, for fuck's sake" when someone went off on me for "not reading". One of my machines has a privacy proxy that blocks most web bugs. The implied distrust of "I'm going to check up on you because I don't believe you" is somewhat offensive, and the drama spiral of "you don't read, so you hate me, so I hate you, so I'm going to tell everyone how mean you are, you bitch!" was just bogglingly stupid.
I mostly see this as giving LJ users the same tools someone who runs a blog on their own server would have, i.e. the access logs.