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If you spend anytime online then you will be aware of how much information you’re leaking as you trawl your way around the Web I Make $2000 A Year Selling My Personal Information, You Can Too I Make $2000 A Year Selling My Personal Information, You Can Too Don't be one of those suckers that sells their information for nothing! Read More .

Giving up some of your privacy is an unfortunate side effect of doing anything and everything online, with social networks, organizations, apps, and websites all wanting to find out more about you.

So, how much information do you share online? Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll!

BlackBerry Is BackBerry

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry? Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry? [Poll] Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry? [Poll] Reviews of the BlackBerry Priv suggest that while it's a decent enough handset, it's all too little, too late for BlackBerry. So, we want to know, would you would ever buy another BlackBerry? Read More

Out of a total of 364 votes, 24.7% chose Possibly, If the Phone Impresses, 23.9% chose Never, They Don’t Interest Me, 23.6% chose I Doubt It, But Never Say Never, 14.3% chose Yes, I’m Still a Fan of the Company, 10.4% chose I’m Using a BlackBerry Right Now, and 3% chose What Is BlackBerry?

This means our readership is pretty evenly split on the BlackBerry, with around the same number of people voting for the positive answers and the negative answers. A small minority don’t even know what a BlackBerry is, which shows just how low this brand of handsets has sunk Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative? Living with a BlackBerry: Lame Duck or Genuine Android Alternative? The new BlackBerry Z10 is certainly impressive – but how does using it compare with using a new Android or Windows Phone handset? I decided to find out. Read More .

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I think it’s fair to say the question could have been worded better. The use of the word, “Another” limited the appeal of this poll to those who have previously owned a BlackBerry. This wasn’t the intention, so we may rerun this poll again in the future with a slightly different question.

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Comment of the Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Susan, Shawn Wayne, and John Everett. Comment of the Week goes to Hildegerd Haugen, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry? [Poll] Would You Ever Buy Another BlackBerry? [Poll] Reviews of the BlackBerry Priv suggest that while it's a decent enough handset, it's all too little, too late for BlackBerry. So, we want to know, would you would ever buy another BlackBerry? Read More :

I have wanted a smart telephone with physical keys since forever, so when Blackberry brought us the Passport I took a chance and bought it. Never looked back. I have my Google play account there and all the apps I am dependent works. There is no problem getting them if you are handy and BB10 OS is to die for. Too bad too few people have found out.

Anyway, if Blackberry put their own OS to death (have been rumors of that recently), I hope I get Passport v2 with Android, haven’t I been a writer I would not need another machine. So good is this device actually.

We chose this comment because it shows why BlackBerry is still in business Read BlackBerry Priv Reviews, Try Cortana for iPhone... [Digest] Read BlackBerry Priv Reviews, Try Cortana for iPhone... [Digest] See whether the BlackBerry Priv lives up to the hype, Cortana comes to the iPhone, Medium lets writers ignore readers, GOG launches its fall sale, and when Star Wars and Star Trek collide. Read More , even though its market share has shrunk by a huge margin. Some people do appreciate physical keyboards on smartphones, and all the while BlackBerry is catering to that niche, the company will remain viable, regardless of the operating system.

Sharing Isn’t Caring

Information is everywhere you look online Managing Digital Information Overload - Is Technology The Cause & The Cure? [Opinion] Managing Digital Information Overload - Is Technology The Cause & The Cure? [Opinion] ‘Drinking from the firehose’ is a turn of phrase you might not be familiar with. But believe me, if you are reading this blog and many others like this, it’s exactly what you are doing... Read More . From technology news to personal blogs, from investigative journalism to personal profiles. The Web is driven by information, much of which is given up by people like me and you Android Users: How to Stop Giving so Much Personal Information to Google Android Users: How to Stop Giving so Much Personal Information to Google Android users, by default, give Google a lot of information. Here's how to get out of that trap. Read More . Hell, even that person at the back trying to hide their tracks cannot hide completely.

To get anything done on the Internet, or even be a viable member of the online community, you need to give up some personal information. However, you still retain some control over much you give up. So, are you that person who is happy to share their lives with the rest of the world? Or that person who opts out of doing so whenever they can?

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. If you share your whole life online, are you worried about the consequences of doing so? If you don’t share anything, why are you so protective of your personal information?

The more information you can provide with your comment (how ironic!), the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

Image Credits: Dennis Skley via Flickr

  1. M Mustafa Çiftçio?lu
    November 18, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    "What I Deem to Be Enough" is my reply because I don't want anybody to trespass my intimacy area.

  2. fcd76218
    November 16, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    "How Much Information Do You Share Online?"
    Willingly - I share as little as is barely necessary.

    Unwillingly - The amount of data that I never intended and/or wanted to provide that the Internet has gathered about me is unbelievable. I never joined any social network but Facebook has a full dossier on me. I wonder how that is possible? Could it be because MUO allows FB, Twitter, Instagram, et.al. to scrape the posters' data?

  3. Peter Fitzsimmons
    November 16, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    With arguments about the right to privacy and the right of anonymity will always be made, the only way the internet can evolve into a more useful tool is by allowing to know more about who we are and what we like/dislike.

    It's a very fine line, but one that we have to chose to cross if we want our technology to make our day to day lives easier and more productive.

    What happens to our information is an understandable worry for many.

    Targeted adverts are not a huge issue for me (I'd rather see adverts I might be interested in rather than tons of random rubbish), but the unknown buying and selling of personal information is very much of concern.

    I have no problem with, say, Google knowing where I live and what my favourite TV show is as long as that information is used to tell me about traffic info so I don't miss the next episode of "Zombies dancing on Ice have talent LIVE" but the thought of my data being used nefariously is a concern, although I do struggle to think of what anybody could do with my info that would be harmful other than spam emails or calls.

    Either way, I only share information I assume is going to be public. If I don't people knowing about my addiction to chocolate biscuits, I won't join the Chocolate biscuits appreciation society, if I'd hate for anyone to find out my love for '80's elcto pop, I won't publish a playlist of Blonde and Pet shop boys....

    I share what I deem is appropriate to my life on line.

    so far, it seems to be working for me.

    Until we can surpass the need for corporations to make more and more money beyond the needs of their customers/users we will never be able trust our information is kept safe and used with our best interests at heart.

  4. pac
    November 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

    "Only What Is Absolutely Necessary" is my reply. It's even easy for me: No Facebook, No Smartphone. ;)

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