I found the following WordPress post: Get Instant Feedback When You Publish interesting. Then I found it a little unnerving.
I realize we live in an age where Mark Zuckerberg knows when we are sleeping and knows when we are awake. Privacy is nonexistent now (if you’re on the internet anyway) I know how a business runs. It’s all about capitalizing on consumers wants/needs and shoving products in their face so they can buy buy buy. I know if you want a product to succeed, you need feedback from the customer. Understandable, I suppose. And I guess I did know, in the back of my foggy paranoid mind, that when I type something in my draft folder here at WP, there was a remote possibility someone might stumble upon it and read it someday. Oh yes, even the horrible and lame posts I want no one to ever read.
But now, I have a new worry. Exactly what do the people at WP see that I consider semi-private? It boggles the mind. Here’s the first paragraph from the above link from WordPress:
For months we’ve been studying how, when and why people publish their posts, and what the common tasks are people perform afterwards. We know many of you immediately want to see what your post looks like, check for typos, and then share your post to social networks.
See, this is a bit alarming to me. The “how, when and why” I publish posts? Immediately my mind went to a scary place.
I can see it now: A big conference room, all of the WordPress people huddled around a laptop at 2 am. One of them yells out, “Oh look! Maineiac is trying to write again!” Everyone laughs. Then they clamber over themselves to take a peek, sucking down their coffee with a wild look in their eyes. “Is this another stupid post about her kids again?” a guy in fake tuxedo t-shirt snickers. “Oh, God! I hope not!” another guy wearing a “Who Farted?” t-shirt yells. They squint at the computer to read. “Great! She’s writing about writing. Again!” They all groan.
…and what the common tasks are people perform afterwards…Maybe there’s a tiny camera on my computer so WP can see what I’m doing when I type out a post? Another scary scenerio pops into my mind.
WP: “Jeez Louise, would you get a load of this get-up? Holy crap! She’s wearing a bathrobe and there’s a Frito stuck to her hair. Looks like she hasn’t showered in days. And she can barely see, she keeps squinting and her hands are shaking.” or “She is guzzling a huge glass of wine now. That should make for some interesting posts!”
Then another line from the above WP link concerned me even more:
We know many of you immediately want to see what your post looks like, check for typos, and then share your post to social networks.
I’m sorry, what? Again, I suddenly felt hot and clammy. They know we immediately check to see what our posts looks like? That we check for typos? Oh my. God. Do they also know I check my stats every two seconds? That I edit and re-edit so much it makes Howard Hughes look tame in comparison? Do they laugh hysterically when I misspell ‘mispell’? And when I spent 8 hours uploading a million header pictures? Have we no privacy? Have we no place to hide anymore?
Also, if you keep reading the link, they mention a new feature where they automatically update your post with recommended tags on the bottom of the screen as you write. Right now I see: –Mark Zuckerberg– mispell–and Frito. What are they trying to tell me? Why hasn’t the word “fart” appeared as a “recommended link”? Who decides this stuff? And can I have a job, please?
Okay, that’s it for my daily “I am too old for this new technology” rant. Carry on.
What say you? Is this good? Bad? You don’t care? And if you don’t care, is your name Mark Zuckerberg?