I like tracking things a bit. I use the last.fm service that "scrobbles" (i.e., keeps a record of) what songs I listen to on my computer or on my cell phone. Yesterday I spent some time trying to figure out how to get it to scrobble music from the site Pandora. This is because the Firefox browser version I use no longer has an effective scrobbling extension. I hoped to use the software VLC that I use for listening to other music.
My plan was to stream Pandora through VLC for easy tracking. I did not get my plan to work.
On paper, I dislike the way that Google tracks everything in an effort to advertise to people. I like that since I switched to the web search engine duckduckgo.com, on-line advertising seems to "know less" about me. But my approach is imperfectly principled. When I need directions, I call up a Google map for navigation. I tell Google my personal whereabouts by using the Google Fit app which "ups my game" (or is it "apps my game"?) for getting exercise. I keep a non-anonymous weblog. I have a listed telephone number. I share what I am listening to via a website that tracks it.
I lament, a bit, the decline of the traditional telephone book. Though some people kept unlisted numbers, in general telephone books were good ways to find people. The lack of cell phone telephone books is unfortunate. I like that I can find someone on facebook sometimes. I dislike that folks disappear from my weblog friends list and I never know of them again.
In some ways, we can track folks better and less well than ever before.
(cross-posted to DW because life is silly)