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The My Family thing - Journal of Omnifarious

Jun. 10th, 2008

06:34 am - The My Family thing

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At least, this is how I sort of feel right now. But, hopefully that will be changing in not too long. :-)

Edit 11:55: To be clear, I'm not actually feeling that lonely right this instant. But I am feeling sort of bereft of family. Partly because this meme has been floating around, and partly because it seems like it might be tantalizingly close to happening.

Pyzam Family Sticker Toy
Create your own family sticker graphic at pYzam.com

The pyzam.com site is really sneaky and underhanded.

Please do not use the 'auto-post' tool as it requires you give your LJ password to some random 3rd-party site. And note that the code it gives you includes a web bug (a 0-size image designed for tracking purposes). It's a web bug that I've removed from my posting.

Wow, that whole thing is an über-sneaky way of basically collecting a whole bunch of information from hapless social networking site users. How distressing. The web bug doesn't show up in the code they say they're giving you to copy, it only shows up in the code you paste.

I do not think I trust gigya.com much. And trusting these people with your LJ password would be the height of foolishness. If they're willing to be sneaky and underhanded in one way, they certainly are willing to treat your password with the same level of disregard for you and your wishes.

Current Location: 2237 NW 62nd ST, 98107
Current Mood: [mood icon] lonely
Current Music: Flowers Become Screens - Delerium

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From:catherinew
Date:June 10th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
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I didn't use "auto-post," but I did copy and paste their embed code into my LJ.

"The web bug doesn't show up in the code they say they're giving you to copy, it only shows up in the code you paste." How is that possible?

(Edit) OK, I just removed "< img style="visibility:hidden;width:0px;height:0px;" border=0 width=0 height=0 src="http://counters.gigya.com/wildfire/CIMP/bT*xJmx*PTEyMTI3ODE5MDIyMTgmcHQ9MTIxMjc4MTkwODY4NyZwPTM5MDEmZD*mbj*mZz*x.jpg" / >" from my post.

I'll be scrutinizing my HTML more carefully from now on.

Edited at 2008-06-10 03:07 pm (UTC)
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From:omnifarious
Date:June 10th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)

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Yep, I just looked for that and didn't see it. :-) If you remember, that bit of code didn't show up in the box when you hit the 'copy' button. The 'copy' button puts something in your paste buffer that isn't actually visible on the page. Then when you paste it it shows up in your HTML.

Very sneaky and underhanded. :-(



Edited at 2008-06-10 04:13 pm (UTC)
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From:catherinew
Date:June 10th, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)

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Bastards.

If you can't trust nameless strangers on the internet, whom can you trust???
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