Via @nprnews: Should We Be Wary of Algorithms? http://t.co/7Y9eu4mcwk #mscedc
TED has invited me to ‘share this talk and track [my] influence!’. How can I possibly resist? It is very clever of them. Because now I want to find other TED offerings to share with my network. I want to Tweet them, to Pin them and embed them all over the social net. And then I want to look at the numbers.
But what is TED going to do with my numbers? I know they store information such as the Talk I shared, when I shared it and the number of people who followed the link, because they tell me that is what they will do. But what else could they be doing? They have my email address, my twitter username. They entice me to complete my profile and add tags about myself.
I could give them a lot of information about myself; but I don’t need to do this because they probably can work it out for themselves if Jennifer Golbeck is to be believed (see The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you might think). There are algorithms which can accurately predict many of my traits based on my use of social media.