Sharing Your Web History

Okay, just when you think things can’t get any weirder, they somehow do. It seems that some people are intensely interested in what web sites their friends are visiting. Would that possibly be the very, very last thing on your mind at any given time of the day? Out of a thousand things you want to do, would finding out what your friends are reading on the Internet come in at 999? Yep, me too. I figure if they want me to know, they’ll work it into a conversation somehow.

But it seems that there are a number of people who want to share where they’ve been out there — all the time — and there are other people who actually care. Amazing.

I’m going to quote the first little bit of this article from “The New York Times,” just because I think you’ll laugh out loud if you read yesterday’s post. Here’s how the article begins:

“SHARING and communicating are essential components of being human. But as celebrities like Britney Spears and Charlie Sheen have shown us lately, there is such a thing as over-sharing.

Joon Mo Kang

Still a new generation of Web sites is banking on our willingness to take that next step toward taking our lives public: namely, by automatically tracking personal browsing histories for public viewing.

Paul Jones, a founder of, said he and his founding partner conceived the site because they were old college friends and wanted a way to better share common interests, from shopping finds to tech news, while living in different parts of the country.”

So, there you go. We start off with a mention of the notorious duo, Spears and Sheen. (Wouldn’t those two make a lovely couple?) I think people just throw those names in to get extra hits from the search engines. I might be wrong, but what the heck do Spears and Sheen have to do with sharing one’s web history — except perhaps that we could apply the terms “weird” and/or “kinky” to all of the above.

As it turns out, these share-your-web-footprints sites aren’t doing all that well. Small wonder. The only people I can think of with an interest would be parents of young teens. Then it might come in handy.

Here’s a link to the full article, if you’re interested.

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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