Then the fun began. During the interview, the tech guy started snooping around the reporter’s office, making observations about his personal working style, his family photos, what he had on his computer screen, etc. The reporter said he felt like the tech guy was invading his personal space and asked him to back off. Of course this was all done for dramatic effect, but it worked – the play-acting put a very human perspective on what happens when we blindly allow companies to access our online personal space.
Website owners – why don’t you get it?
Right after that story aired, I was surfing around looking for info on what my son should eat prior to running his first marathon. A quick Google search took me to Quora.com where I found some helpful information. But at the top of the page was a banner that informed me that Kent Stones (a Facebook friend of mine) uses Quora and encouraged me to sign up as well. Now while I generally do anything that Kent does so I can appear to be as smart as he is, this creeped me out. If offended me that Quora had access to my Facebook friends list and was trying to capitalize on my personal relationships to get me to sign up for something. I immediately inspected by Facebook privacy settings, which I thought I had locked down to prevent such things. I’m still not sure how it happened. To add to the creepy factor, Kent informed me that to his knowledge he is not a registered Quora user.
Just use the “creepy factor” test
Come on, people! Just use the creepy factor test.