Tracked all of the time…

I had a brief email conversation with the editor of one of the magazines I write for yesterday and agreed to write an article about a very specific topic.

I followed this up with a quick search on Google, by way of research, to find a starting point. So, all seems normal.

Imagine my surprise, however, when within 1 hour I received the above email with the red bit using the exact same wording I used for the search in Google.

They have my email address, they know I searched for this topic and they pounced with their horribly see-through attempt to get me to put it on Lost In Mobile.

Unsettling is the word that comes to mind.



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2 replies

  1. How do you think this was done?
    Time to use DuckDuckGo….

  2. A coworker who isn’t as FB-ish as I am mentioned a very odd email to his business email – he doesn’t even mention our company name (!) but the email mentioned his recent trip to Europe (!!) and was kind of asking he was looking to buy a house (!!!) – which he was but hadn’t mentioned on social. So the working theory is someone is using FB demographic data – which might have spotted a geotag of some photos he did post, and then he went to zillow w/ FB ads on it, perhaps, so he is in their DB as “person who has been to europe and looking for a house” , and then they cross-correlated that to his name/work email etc? anyway, unsettling is right

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