You are the Product
On Wednesday, Twitter users, except those in Europe and the UK, lost the ability to prevent the micro-blogging biz from sharing mobile ad measurement data with its analytics and advertising partners. At the same time, tweeters have gained the ability to deny Facebook and Google access to device-level data, such as IP addresses …
Hmm, I want to shift adverts, how can I write an application that will do it?
I hear the argument about 'the users expect adverts' and 'the users won't pay for this product' but have any of them actually tried just asking for a tenner a year for an advert free slurp free product? I'm not just looking at Twitter - really, any of the social media crowd are basically doing nothing more than offering clickbait for eyeballs... do they have so little faith in their own products that they think them unworthy of purchase?
Facebook should, the user end is shoddy as, and that new beta look and feel? I would not pay good money for that.
But then, I'm not the customer.
Not really used my twitter account for a few years, but, think that's the push to unsub.
One of the web forums I frequent has a donation link buried in a forgotten post that ties directly into their hosting account (Dreamhost).
PayPal in some dosh as available/if you care to, and it keeps the lights on, no adverts, and everyone likes it that way.
I tend to do a yearly donation to help keep my extensive build logs online.
Admittedly a small site with only a few dozen active users, but it is possible.
I block adverts with Steven Black's Hosts file; minus the censorship options, fakenews & social, and I use Twitter frequently * --- never had a any adverse consequence from the firm.
With the social option, many Twitter functions were affected until I obviated that option, but I'm sure Twitter never noticed. I really didn't know Twitter has advertisements. Just like a number of social sites. I'm not living in 1998.
* I only use it to 'follow' various manga artists, etc., as a way of thanking them; not for any serious reading, such as reading recent American presidents' dumb thoughts. Or those of our appalling own MPs.
I do wonder whether there is a measurable effect to this data sharing or not... In the first place, there are good chance that this privacy option they just removed was off by default, which means the vast majority of users did not turn it on.
I'd be extremely surprised if this materially moved Twitter's revenue in any way.
Twitter has probably realised that the drug-pushers' tactic of free samples to get people hooked then charging through the nose (sorry) doesn't work where new suppliers are popping up all the time, all with similar free offerings. The business won't survive if it can't create revenue and as people are highly unlikely to pay for Twitter it has to be funded by other means.
I wouldn't let him tweet or Insta or Watts anyway, but my eldest mainly communicates with his peers by plain old-fashioned text message or closed Snapchat group. People who need to communicate with us in a manner not appropriate to a text message, email or - you know - a phone call - use Signal.
Who remembers Geocities, Friends Reunited or MySpace these days? Who still regularly posts updates to their non-corporate Facebook front page? Twitter may not disappear but I suspect its days of being the ubiquitous channel for shortform communication between 'ordinary' folk are over.
I think slightly different rules apply to YouTube due to the sheer quantity of hardware required to make the thing work making breaking into that market extremely expensive but a mainly text-based service these days doesn't require CERN levels of investment.
Another one will be along in a minute.
Who remembers Geocities, Friends Reunited or MySpace these days? Who still regularly posts updates to their non-corporate Facebook front page?
"Where is Bohun, where's Mowbray, where's Mortimer ? Nay, which is more and most of all, where is Plantagenet ? They are entombed in the urns and sepulchres of mortality."
After years of active Twitter use from 2009, I nuked my account late last year ( a yr after axing FB and a couple of months before ditching Insta), and my new account follows only 7, 5 of whom are NZ meteorological and emergency management accounts. The account is linked to a throwaway email, and because it was created so long after escaping FB, Twitter's Scylla ought not have fed my (largely faux) data to THAT Charybdis. The sheer brazenness of the Twitter announcement makes me glad my footprint there is now only a toeprint.
No mewling, nor any seeking of congratulations. I meant just what I said, that I feel I've had a lucky escape in minimising my use of Twitter before its data theft reached new depths. I'm not sure what "problem" my almost non-existent and passive use is part of, but congratulations on being right about one thing - my skull really IS unusually dense, in a very literal sense, confirmed medically at the age of 12 and again some 40 years later. Well done you for divining that trivium. Noho ora mai.
I think what the other ac above means is that to reduce your footprint you are hopefully using a combination of tor / VPN on your locked down (boot from CD-ROM) device, and create a new twit account using burner credentials if you feel a need to post, e.g. realDT8063996 if it's not already taken.
If you follow those guidelines then you might find you're not tracked quite as much.
In the meantime, never use the app. N e v e r.
The thing that really does piss me off though is the huge upsurge in static page sites that depend entirely on scripting. Typical is the National Cyber Security Centre site that (the last time I looked) won't even render a landing page unless scripting is enabled. Given their notional function they should know better. Security 101 "don't download and execute untrusted code".
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