Some questions I am noodling, and want to hear your take:
1) What do you think of this new Google initiative to harvest our information across all Google formats—blogs, social networks, emails, search engines, etc—ostensibly so they can return our searches tailored to what they surmise we might be interested in based on what we've posted and searched in the past? My daughter said, "No! So not a good idea! I don't want what they think I want. I want what I might not know I want!" What say you?
2) How do you feel about Facebook's new Timeline, which efficiently unearths our whole history from the dawn of time, no longer allowing past indiscretions to fall gracefully below the waves. I tend to be an early adopter of new technology, but suddenly, where Timeline is concerned, I am resistant. Am I just getting old?
3) How do you feel about replies to comments? I notice some bloggers I read never respond to comments, and that's fine with me, especially given that many of those people sometimes leave comments on my blog. But for those who do respond to comments I always go back to check for the response. Problem is, sometimes I feel overwhelmed and don't always get to replying on my own blog. And though I am always deeply, ridiculously grateful for your comments, sometimes, I have no words, just the feeling of being thankful. What's your position on this? Do you visit less if you don't get replies to your comments? Or if a blogger used to reply and no longer does? Or if I am sketchy and inconsistent, replying sometimes and falling off the face of the earth at other times? Just wondering how to manage this aspect of blogging, so I won't inadvertently give the impression that I am indifferent during those times when I am merely swamped or doing life or emotionally stuck for words.
Tell me, darlings, what you think.