How does Instagram track your Google Searches?

As personal, internet-connected devices become more ubiquitous in developed countries, companies are getting more skilled in predicting user behavior. Companies, such as Instagram, have gotten so skilled that their personalized recommendations are sometimes eerie. Most people that I have talked to have experienced very targeted ads, often wondering how that…

GDPR and API Restrictions

At the start of social media and mainstream internet use, companies such as Facebook and Twitter made APIs available to encourage developers to add to the functionality of their website. The goal in those days was to increase adoption rates. Now that social media companies have a solid consumer base,…

Facebook Marketplace: Will it Survive?

Initially launched in 2007, Facebook Marketplace was relaunched in October 2016. The second-hand peer-to-peer market is yet another industry Facebook is trying to enter. It is directly competing with existing online retailers such as Craigslist and eBay. Facebook Marketplace has a couple pros and cons relative to the current competitors.…