Let Love Be Genuine — Orlando Espinosa

Superficial looks good on no one. Make sure your love is genuine!

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“Let love be genuine.  Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

“Love has no awareness of merit or demerit; it has no scale… Love loves; this is its nature.” ~ Howard Thurman

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Creepy Facebook feature almost ruined my Christmas

WE’RE all used to getting adverts for things we looked at once or swear we just thought about in our feeds, but this next-level targeted ad “coincidence” almost ruined my Christmas.

IT WAS Christmas Day.

With all the excitement of a kid cracking into their Santa stocking, I handed over a carefully wrapped and even more scrupulously researched gift to my significant other.  Smugly awaiting his reaction and convinced I had found the best present ever, I couldn’t wait for the moment he saw what I had chosen.

When that came, he looked happy and touched at the thought that had gone into the gift, but there was a flash of something else I couldn’t put my finger on.  Not wanting to disappoint me, he didn’t share that right away.  But a few days later, sitting on the couch with our devices in our faces, I found out.

Turning his phone screen to me, he showed me the creepy and surprise-ruining ad that popped up in his feed.  “This is so weird,” he said.  “This is what you gave me for Christmas, and I’m pretty sure I saw it a few days ago too.”

What, the, hell, Facebook?  This is creepy as all else.  It’s weird enough that the garlic crusher I bought months ago keeps popping up in my feed even though I’m sure I only googled it once, but now my searches are invading my partner’s social media bubble?

Sure, we share wi-fi networks.  Maybe even IP addresses (disclaimer: I have no idea what that actually means).  We’ve occasionally — very occasionally — logged in on each other’s devices.  But if you’re going to target ads, at least target them to the right person.

What happened in my house in December wasn’t a disaster by any means.  It hardly ruined Christmas — it was just odd and a bit confusing.  A similar thing happened a few weeks later when something he had searched for popped up in my feed.

I took no offence at the super hi-tech hard drive that Facebook had decided I might be interested in (and my husband had been comparing prices for), but couldn’t help but think there were situations where this could go horribly wrong.

Imagine a woman in an abusive relationship, searching discreetly and anonymously for help and advice on how to cope or escape the situation, only to find ads for those services appear on her partner’s screen and tip him off.  Or a confused young person exploring their sexuality online who’s not quite ready to discuss it with their parents or flatmates.  Is there a worse way to be outed than your family being served suspicious targeted ads?

I put some questions to Facebook asking why this was happening and if the company had any concerns about possible scenarios it may lead to, but they didn’t answer them.

Speaking with the Daily Telegraph, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Mr. Sims said it was “absolutely crucial” we find out what level of access Facebook and Google has when it comes to our personal details and behavioural insights — and that of those around us — and whether people are worried about it.  “My intuition tells me people will be concerned,” he said.  “Most people are fairly private.”

A hint about a Christmas present it not a great worry — it could even be an amazing coincidence — but it indicates, at least to me, that there could be some major privacy concerns we need to be worried about.     (*Source: news.com.au February 21, 2018)

(*http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/social/creepy-facebook-feature-almost-ruined-my-christmas/news-story/44d52c0f9960f9406847d9f5ede80f16)

Don’t Let Giving Up — Orlando Espinosa

Don’t let giving up too easily be a weakness! Remember to never give up and be confident in what you do.

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❝Don’t give up.  Don’t ever give up.❞ ~ Jim Valvano

“Don’t give up too soon.  If you persevere you will succeed.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

❝Don’t give up.  Reach down inside of you and you’ll find something left.❞ ~ Bear Bryant

Making Yourself Happy — Orlando Espinosa

Life isn’t about making everyone you meet happy, life is about making yourself and those that matter happy!

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“Do what makes you happy, be with who makes you smile, laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live.” ― Rachel Ann Nunes

❝Never be ashamed of how you feel.  You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy.❞ ~ Demi Lovato

Need To Overcome — Orlando Espinosa

We all have doubts and fears we need to overcome! Staying strong and not giving up is the best way of overcoming them!

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“Let your life reflect the faith you have in God.  Fear nothing and pray about everything.  Be strong, trust God’s word, and trust the process.” ― Germany Kent

“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do.  It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.” ― Rikki Rogers

“Be strong.  Things will get better.  It might be stormy now but the rain won’t last forever.” – Monald Rabbit

Never Meant To Be Easy — Orlando Espinosa

Life was never meant to be easy! Sometimes its a constant struggle, with extreme lows and extreme highs, but when you are most tested is when you need to persevere.

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❝Life isn’t meant to be easy, it’s meant to be lived.  Sometimes happy, other times rough.  But with every up and down you learn lessons that make you strong.❞ ~ Charlie Brown

Right Path — Orlando Espinosa

Doing the right things for the right reasons will keep you on the right path!

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❝You cannot expect to stay on the right path if you are walking with the wrong people.❞ ~ Anas Hossain

❝Stay on the right path in life; your reward will be priceless.❞ ~ Scottie Somers

“By walking on the right path, you create a golden fate for yourself and you also become a silver lining for the others!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan