OOOoooh…made ya look. Seedy blogwars and catfights?
Um, actually no.
Just a kvetch about those stupid sites that have access to information about certain consumer patterns about people and make you pay to get even MORE information on that person, which might be worth it if you’re the stalker kind, or if you just want to check up on your daughter’s boyfriend.
Except much of the free “teaser” information they do give about you is patently false. How would I know that the paid information isn’t just as false?
For example, here’s some of the falsities attributed to me on one of those sites:
I am a protestant
My husband is Stan Stretton
I drive a truck
My name is Ann Starbuck
I am a Pisces
I have lived at my current house for 15 years.
A third member of our household is identified as “P Starbuck” with a questionmark for gender. (Persephone Starbuck? Plato Starbuck? Pet Starbuck?)
I enjoy retail shopping
He is a manager
He is a Cancer
To be fair, some of the information is right. They’re correct that I’m a pet owner. They’re right that I like gardening. But…that’s about it.
Their consumer intelligence isn’t very intelligent.