At one point today, we were talking about social media and surveillance, and someone brought up that people have a general awareness of the information they’ve made available and how it is used.
Do they really, though? I’ve included a video here–it’s not really funny, but whatever–that features someone using public social media to approach strangers and fake familiarity. The people here are confused, creeped out, and even confrontational. Some of them walk away or form defensive postures. Even if they know that their information is “in the cloud,” the actual use of it is obviously both highly invasive and deeply unexpected.
Also kinds of reminds me of cold reading, which I’ve always found creepy and distasteful.