In an essay published in January 2015, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, explained how Google Image Search came to be:
A very positive spam message!
Want to see how your personal information is being used so marketers can target you?
1) Log into Facebook
2) Go into your Facebook settings
3) Click on “Ads”
You’ll then be taken to “Your Ad Preferences”.
Here are some of the advertisers that have uploaded my contact info into Facebook for ad targeting. In the full list, there are several hundred.
I have no idea who most of these are (Scottsdale Maserati?). I’m so glad they have my email address.
My hobbies as defined by Facebook are interesting (“Parties”):
I’ve purposefully been removing my most personal information from Facebook because Facebook is creepy. That seems well reflected in my “About You”:
I’ve also been strict with the way I want my info presented back to me.
You can learn more about Facebook ads here.
Finally, don’t forget to follow This Site Is Best Viewed on Facebook!
This is what CNN.com looked like the day it launched back in 1995.
This story was posted soon after the website’s launch: