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I still love Target.

target 2Regardless of the article, “How companies learn your secrets” by  Charles Duhigg, I still and always will love Target.  However, what companies do, “assigns each shopper a unique code — known internally as the Guest ID number — that keeps tabs on everything they buy” I feel it is a great business strategy.  Only as long as they are using that information for business purposes only.  Otherwise it’s creepy.  For example, if you have a secret admirer that works at target and they keep sending you your favorite shampoo, creepy. However, I really don’t think that’s the case.

If you ask me, I think that the companies are just doing their job. Their purpose is to make money and sell their products.  So the fact that they know what you want to buy, I think it’ convenient and maybe even be helpful.  Sometimes going into such an overwhelming store you don’t always remember what you need if you don’t have a list. Since they know what you bought before they might be able to tell you what your looking for now.  Duhigg states,”If you’re rushing through the store, looking for bottles, and you pass orange juice, you’ll grab a carton. Oh, and there’s that new DVD I want. Soon, you’ll be buying cereal and paper towels from us, and keep coming back.” Target is definitely addicting. I know the feeling of going there just for a couple things and ending up with two baskets full of items, especially preparing to move back to college.

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Even online once you Google search something you get pop up ads on the side of every other website you go shooperon with similar things you Googled.  I personally love going on a fashion website like Forever21.com and finding something I like and then the store gives me suggestions of other things I might like. I feel as though it makes it easier for me when shopping.  It’s like my own personal shopper. There are definitely pro’s to companies knowing everything about you, but are there cons?  Honestly, I guess I can see why people would be a little upset about it, but there’s really nothing you can do.  Never shop again? Highly unlikely. Never use the internet again? Maybe, but that’s inevitable. Like any other thing in this world, you just have to try to be safe about it.  Never give out your private information unless you know what your signing up for.  Free updates and coupon flyers from stores, sounds great as long as it’s what you want. Don’t give away your address if you don’t want people sending you stuff. And never ever give away your social security number, because that would end up extremely bad, so just be smart.

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Don’t Google Yourself.

If you haven’t already Googled yourself, you might not want too.  That is because what you see you may or may not like.  When I Googled myself on the web search I saw some articles from when I played sports in high school, which were fine because I  know I signed a media release.  However when I clicked images, my twitter and Facebook picture popped up.

googltNow this is odd because I don’t remember signing a release for those pictures, and I thought all my pictures were on private? This could get confusing.  Just like Gaylor’s video, “RiP! A Remix Manifesto” about copyright. Should our pictures on social media sites be protected? I think yes but sadly once you post something on the internet it is on there forever.  There is no going back.  It’s kind of scary to think that I’m going on my private Facebook, my pictures are blocked and there I am on Google.

I feel that our pictures should be copyrighted on the internet.  That is because they are our own personal pictures.   When I post a picture on my social media sites I do it with intention that only my friends will be able to see it.   But once my picture is on Google anyone anywhere can access them and do whatever they want to do with them, and I don’t know how I feel about that.  Well actually I do, scared.  People have their work copyrighted but our own pictures are not? Anyone around the world can just take them for their own personal use.  That doesn’t sit right with me. I know you can watch what you post online and try not to put such personal photos, but isn’t that the point of social media sites to share with your friends. In my opinion our photos should be protected.  For real. Yeah they are supposed to be protected on Facebook but then how come I come up on Google? googlw

Here’s what I got when I Googled myself.  The top one is me playing soccer in high school and the second row there is my Twitter and Facebook picture.

Here is Baylor’s video!