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originally posted by: TheElectricPriest
I apologize in advance if this seems like an overly brief post, but honestly I just have a rather quick observation that I wanted to share with the community, and sometimes such an observation simply doesn't require the level of verbosity that I think might be expected by the mods of late. All the same, I observed something today that seems, to me, to be a bit beyond coincidence, and I wanted to share it with the community to get some feedback.
Today I was watching television, and as I often do, I had my laptop open in front of me and would sometimes look at something online as I was watching tv. I was watching an older episode of Saturday Night Live, very briefly, and the skit I was watching was a spoof from Family Feud. And so, I opened up YouTube either during that viewing or almost immediately after (can't recall now) and noticed that the first spot in the 'Recommended' section of YouTube for me was a Family Feud spoof from SNL. I was immediately suspect, because I know how cookies work and see the targeted advertising appear all the time after I've searched out a thing online, but I was reticent to think that something I was watching on TV could be picked up so quickly on a completely different medium.
Later today, I decided to watch something I had recorded on my DVR function of U-Verse, SPIKE TVs Bellator MMA from 2/19 where Kimbo Slice has a come-back fight. Preceding that live show on Friday, they had 2 hours of old home footage of Kimbo in various street fights that ultimately were the precursor to his professional career. I had watched a few of those on TV on Friday, and had simply taped the event itself and waited until today to watch it. Well, just now, when I opened up my YouTube, what was at the forefront of my 'Recommended' videos on YouTube? Kimbo Slice street fight video. Of course, this is simply beyond coincidence because I haven't searched or watched explicitly either of the two mentioned samples on YouTube. They both correspond only to what I watched today on TV. I mention it simply to express some concern over this level of observation of our viewing habits and the interconnectivity of our devices. I know that there are some who are shaking their heads at my naivitey in this regard, but I'm personally shocked. I just got this AT&T U-Verse, so it's a new experience for me, but I can only assume some communication between these seemingly disparate devices.
Thoughts? Has anyone else noticed something similar?