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This is what happens when you visit slashgeek.net. It informs three other website of your presence. This is not something I consciously and intentionally did to track you down and record all your steps and every little clicks you make. This is the end result of having a mid-level, somewhat functional, website. Yes I could remove all the analytic/social media codes and it would stop tracking you but it wouldn’t make the site much functional for majority of the users.
But this is nothing compare to amount of tracking and sharing of information some of the big sites do. Try it yourself with Collusion for firefox. As you visit more site you will soon find yourself stuck in web of trackers which knows your every step and click; and by the end of the day probably knows more about your habit and patterns than you yourself do.
When you visit a website, the site can have your location based on the ip address of your ISP (Internet Service Provider). The ISP has logs of your internet connections and browsing data which they sell to the highest bidder. The websites you visit usually have (at the minimum) analytic that logs your browsing pattern; which includes the search term you used to visit the site, the browser you are using, your IP, your operating system, your location, your time, the outgoing links you are clicking, the duration you spent on the site, when was your last visit. Among other things. The social media widget track the contents you are reading and the people you are sharing it with (among other things). The dynamic ads knows the search term or the incoming link you used to visit the site and the contents you are reading and then gives you ads based on these information.
Obviously some people might have a problem with this.
Twice a year (in June and in December), social media strategist Vincenzo Cosenza updates his ‘world map of social networks’, in which he shows what the most popular social network is in now 137 countries worldwide – at least according to a combination of Alexa and Google Trends for Websites traffic data.