Suggest a feature: Options for limiting self inclusion in hubtivity and hubfeed.
I always feel like somebody's looking over my shoulder with every word I write at HP. I turn most of this stuff off at Facebook, because I like my communications to be between me and the person or people involved. I appreciate that the forums are public anyway, as are hubs, so my words are public, and as such can be seen by all if stumbled upon, but I don;t like the fact that they're beamed onto the screen of everyone who follows me, the minute they log in.
My best friend has just joined HP, and currently being the only person he follows, everything I've said or done in the last 24 hours is right there in his face. And whilst I'm not embarrassed (as such), I do feel a little intruded upon.
No offence Jay (if you're reading this), lol,
Sorry about earlier Mrvoodoo, I hope you are not angry with me. I was in the forums, not on hubtivity, because it was my big foot in my mouth that started the mess in the first place.
LOL, no of course not, I just wondered where all these people were suddenly coming from. I knew it wasn't random, and that there was a reason they were coming, I just had to track it down to figure out what that reason was.
I'm glad a few more people got to watch the film, and their feelings regarding it I leave to them.
Four hour nap this afternoon, how was work?
Not too bad, thanks.
Two in the morning here now and getting later by the minute, I'm gonna have to go grab some shut eye myself.
I suspected that I may well be the only person on HP who doesn't like this thing anyway, maybe I'm just paranoid.
Take care and Sweet dreams.
No, sorry, um, sweet dreams to me, I'm the one going to sleep, you've been to sleep, lol, um, pleasant day to you.
Have a good one.
I found an interesting setting. Go to your profile, then the home page click edit preferences, make your changes and save. Good night, I really am going.
Thanks Faybe, unfortunately as far as I can see this only limits the ability for people to be able to contact you directly.
I guess I shall either have to lump it or leave for greener pastures.
I can understand where you're coming from...Especially on having your stuff flashed in newbies' faces all day. However, at the same time, I really enjoy being able to easily check and see if someone has replied to a comment I've left (as you have ) and what the people I'm following are talking about on a given day.
But! For me free will trumps...if people want to be able to choose to turn it on or off, I think they ought to be able to choose. Maybe the HP staff will make it an option on your "edit profile" page.
ETA: I certainly hope such an issue wouldn't make you leave HP, by the way. For heaven's sake, I JUST found you around here, and I need time to read your hubs!
Everybody's always leaving just when I've discovered them. What's up with that?!
Hey GlassSpider, yep, I've come to the conclusion that it's just me, lol, I am by nature something of a sociopathic recluse.
I gave this a sneaky bump as I saw Maddie lurking, and hoped that she might take notice, and then I got even more freaked when she seemed to be saying that she'd been reading through peoples private e-mails sent via Hubpages.
And it's not that I'm sending out dodgy e-mails or anything, or upto no good in any way, shape or form, But I do value privacy.
Anyways I'm sure I won't leave, but will learn to deal with it or become less active.
Nice to meet you too, and I'm glad you enjoyed my monster under the bed nonsense, lol, it was fun to write.
Catch ya laters.
Sociopathic recluse, eh? Sounds like we might have something in common...Just check out the avatar.
I know what you mean about the emails, although I would hope that they don't go sorting through them unless there's a good reason to do so (I mean, who has time to read all that stuff...can you imagine the bulk of it), but really...anything we transmit through the internet can be seen by SOMEONE we wouldn't expect, I'm sure.
I sometimes wonder if privacy isn't an illusion these days, but I'm sure that's just my paranoid side coming out to play...more and more often LOL.
And I did enjoy your Hub. Monsters under the bed are an important subject! I can imagine parents bringing their children to your Hub...researching the monster under the bed, setting a trap, and getting rid of nightmares.
*bows deeply* It's always an honor to meet a good Hubber, and even more to meet a great one. You have a nice day, and I hope you get an option to protect your privacy more.
You're too kind, and that is one scary looking spider, you wouldn't get me within a mile of that thing. Always good to know that there's a few more sociopathic recluses around, I'd hate to be the only one.
I know what you're saying about nobody would bother to read through them all, and you're right of course, I just don;t like the fact that somebody can, if they so chose to do so.
Being a little paranoid is probably a good thing.
As for the monsters under the bed I read the other day of parents making 'monster under the bed' spray, from like Febreze or something, to spray under the bed to keep monsters away, I thought that was a cool idea too.
Take it easy.
Im up to no good.
I stalk everyone.
You all know it.
I think Maddie meant she looked into the emails AFTER a complaint was made.
Yeah, hubtivity makes me nervous as all heck. BUT I dont really think everyone's looking at it. (I was kidding about the stalking thing...)
LOL, yeah I appreciate that Maddie has far better things to be doing with her time, then reading through the sparse few e-mails I send via Hubpages.
But I hope it was following a complaint, and not a preemptive to a complaint being made.
Anyways, I guess it's not a huge problem, but I did pretty much abandon Facebook the moment my family figured out how to use it, and forced me to add them.
I saw the thread, it was a complaint related thingy.
this is the only "community" im involved in, and ive told no one I know.
everyone neeeds some breathing space...
Breathing space, exactly.
The more I promote HP amongst those I know, the more I'm shooting myself in the foot, so have stopped doing it. Because the first thing people ask when you recommend the place is, 'who are you over there?'
And I don't necessarily want everybody I know in 'real' life looking inside my head, lol.
Sign of a guilty conscience perhaps.
I wouldn't call it guilty conscience (even if u do have one!) but just a simple right to your privacy!
Anyway, I can't believe you too think twice before sending your link to people you know in every day life....for I have the very exact dilemma! While I do want everyone to read my hubs, I just don't want them keeping tabs on my forum comments, who I fan/comments I leave etc.
And it has NOTHING to do with hiding anything..it's just an uncomfortable feeling of being watched. Period.
I do NOT want them reading my hubs, seeing my hub friends..nothing.
my real life people suck. hence..Justine..
if I ever got found out, Id have to leave...
Yes, I edited that. Best to leave relatives out of this. Just the kind to be more interested in your hubtivity than your hubs!
And btw. I know for a FACT about some people here (including 'B') who's family etc. read their hubtivity, followed them into a thread...and eventually all hell broke loose!
Well, my conscience is a little bit guilty, but that's completely HP unrelated.
And with the exception that I don't particularly want friends, family etc. reading mine, you've summed up how I feel perfectly 'an uncomfortable feeling of being watched.' Always good to not be the only one, lol, but does that make me less crazy, or just mean that you're equally insane?
see, eventually when all else is wiped away, hubtivity, threads etc.....we'll have each other....you, me, mrv....! Atleast, in our memories.....
(wait, will try to find that thread for u...damn, it did have some good music yes)
Sounds like a Doomsday pact, and when 2012 comes we're going to indulge in some kind of HP free-for-all.
I like memories, although I seem to have to have less and less of them all the time.
yeah, that did sound a bit ominous didn't it....?
ok, no hubtivity...no memory of it it either....just clean empty space....filled with.. um...as Cags suggested, ads?? Not that I care....
p.s. I'm not taking names, but I know someone who manages to follow me at all times just through my hubtivity! It's a stalkers dream if u ask me....!
Its not me I swear!!
I find you guys just because were all here at the same time.
hey, MOW, did you figure out what I am thinking aobut yet?
lol...not you silly!
ok...so, you say, it's NOT a sandy beach, or a hot lover, or a spa, OR housekeeping, or silence! hmm....then what on earth could you be thinking of with that look of longing (though slightly naughty!) in your eyes....
ohhh....Is it Mrv you're thinking of?? yes!! I should have known......
A little, not that I was complaining.
I guess the Hubfeed etc. has SEO benefits from all the interlinking of everything, but like you, I could do without it.
And I've used it before myself, but it always feels a little like listening through a door with a glass.
I heard my name.
MrVoodoo: In reference to not coming within a (s)mile of such a spider as the one in my avatar today...I've always found it interesting that one of the most docile of all the spider species is the one that seems to inspire the most fear. The tarantula, due to its size, is also one of the most delicate of the spiders. They can shatter like paper-thin glass if dropped even from a small height.
Ironically, the least showy of spiders, the brown recluse--a rather small type--contains, IMO, the nastiest, most frightening kind of venom...But many people would overlook it as a common house spider.
Feel better MrV.
@Faybe: OMG...When did this happen?? You feel better too!
Sounds like the kind of argument our old sports teacher used to use to try and get us to touch his knob, I didn't do it then and I'm not touching that spider now.
Interesting though, thanks for sharing, I had no idea that Tarantulas were so fragile. It'll make it easier to squash, haha, just kidding.
I'm just glad I live in England, we have no venomous spiders what-so-ever, or at least none that I know of. Maybe you know different?
OMG...I don't blame you for not touching old sports teacher's knob...yikes.
LOL! If a tarantula ever does come at you, I highly recommend doing just that. Its bite probably won't kill you, but it will HURT.
As far as I know you are correct about there being no lethally venomous spiders in England (ETA: most spiders are venomous, but usually not harmful to humans). There is, apparently, a false widow spider in the south of England, though, whose bite is nothing to sneeze at. Also, no matter where you are, but especially if you're near waterways and docks, there is the worry of exotic spiders being imported in foods and things from other countries. Not to be scary about it...but it happens.
LOL, only jesting about the sports teacher thing.
I kind of was secretly planning to squash the Tarantula all along, I just said I was joking in case you really liked spiders. I live in the South of England, and their was actually an old wooden sign in a woody area near where I lived as a child warning of Black Widows spiders, i'm guessing it was probably False Widows all along.
And I'm always tentative when I open packages of fruit, just in case.
You should write some spider hubs, you seem to know a lot about them.
Thanks...I really do like spiders, but not enough to ask someone to get bitten by a tarantula; if it were coming at me...I'd squish it too. But I have worked with the Dolomedes Triton spider when I was in college, and captured some gorgeous wolf spiders (and one brown recluse ) here at home.
Plus, in psychoanalysis spiders are symbolic of mothers...isn't that funny? But fitting in a way, I guess. Spiders are powerful symbols. The web, also a great symbol.
Man...I'm really rambling away. LOL
I had French teacher like that...
he tried to help me with my golf swing...
nope. I live where the brown recluse lives, its the only spider dont care to see in my house. BUT its a recluse, so...I never saw him gottalove recluses....
tomorrow, I shall write a hub for GS, about my kids and how htye arent afraid of spiders.
Aww, that would be totally cool! Spiders aren't so scary for the most part--it's cool that your kids know that. And you're right about the recluse, they normally like hidden places. However, once I had one in my bathroom for a couple of days, right on my linen closet (which is stained a dark brown); the spider remained motionless for two days, as though it thought I couldn't see it. Initially, I thought it was a house spider, then finally noticed the violin shape on its back!!
I have sooooo many in my barn....they only bite if scared.
SEO benefits?? you really think so...! hell....now they make money off our mindless good for nothing posts? well...as long as some good is coming out of it, who am I to resent anyone anything....
I'm guessing so, but I'm no expert on these things.
I hold HP in high regard (generally) and think it's a great place, I've probably put in more work here than I have on my own sites, for considerably less money. It's a great place to write without needing to specialize in a particular niche.
But I don't like having the social element forced upon me, I like to pop in and out as I choose.
Anyways, enough of my whining, lol.
All is good in the world.
LOL, you don't have to be crazy to write here but... you know the rest.
damn, justine I went through my hubtivity (yikes, even dissecting my own creeps me out! ) but didn't find your thread....sorry....see, this hubtivity is plain useless!
I think it got erased...or something
sometimes, I drink a leeeelte bit too much, and the next day I see my hubtivity, and Im like..crap...why the heck cant this stuff be burned? or something?
like, who really gives a crap about my every word? and if they did...I would rather they didnt have access to it...
LOL, yeah, I've left the odd drunken comment myself, and picked the odd fight.
Sorry you couldn't find your thread, feel free to hijack this one.
Actually, I completely agree with you Mrv. This is in fact one feature of HP that I least like, the fact that others can see our hubitivity. If anything, it only makes it easier for people to stalk you...or just generally keep an eye on your personal communication - an unnecessary intrusion as far as I can see.
Finally, thanks for that myownworld, that's exactly how I feel.
I feel like people suspect I'm up to all manner of dodgy deeds now, lol, 'hey, what's he got to hide, the dodgy looking guy over there in the mask'. Haha, but I'm really not.
As somebody who enjoys writing, it's always nice to be read, but it's my hubs that I want read, not every dumb-assed comment I happen to leave in the forums.
I don't use hubtivity or hubfeed options. Therefore, I see no need for changing. Whenever I want to check out my fans/followers, I go directly to their hub.
I received notification about new hubs published by those I follow and let's me know. I use the forum thread main page, instead of the feed.
But, that's just my way.
hubtivity IS on your person's profile page..
the point is, not everyone wants others to know everything they say.
and its all searchable.
I personally would LOVE to have the chance to opt out!
And, should HubPages actually allow you to do that on the profile page, then you would end up seeing more "ads" taking up that space.
So, which would you prefer? The ads or your activity?
Just a thought. I'll leave it at that.
That's fair enough, I guess everybody uses HP differently, and I don't want it changed as such, just that the option to opt out or limit it would be something I'd appreciate.
I'm sure that many people (if not most) love the HubFeed, etc.
I'm just not one of them.
doomsday pact, Im in. Ill make y'all cookies when the world ends?
Ive toatlly been checking it every five minutes all day and had NONE!!!!
i just recently said...
f...it, and closed it..
I had a phone call, my old boss. It is hard to type and carry on a conversation.
you will have mail tomorrow.
did you go for a walk yet? prolly not. You will.
LOL, I did kind of notice, but as I was at least equally guilty, I'll let you both off.
p.s. you both type really fast.
hey, I was TRYING to stay on topic....! ok...will behave now....besides, you never know who's 'spying' on us now....
see ya all later! And be good OR I'll find out what you've been up to through that hubtivity of yours!!
LOL, I know, my best mate is probably reading all this as we speak, and might not be happy.
Jay, I love you dude, just stay out of my head, lol.
Take it easy MOW, see you around.
I'LL BE WATCHING YOU!
nobody ever stays on topic when Im here. wait..that might not be good...
you shouldn't worry, everyone usually just leaves when I'm here.
Yeah, it's all your fault DM, lol.
Just kidding, Maddie will have seen it earlier when in the forums, even though she chose not to comment. So you never know, things could happen.
it's 5:20 here, and so cold, not beach weather.
ok, you have no reason to feel bad AT ALL. But, if I was anywhere near a beach right now..and its 525 right now...
id be there. but thats just me. I miss the sea sooooo much....
Well, in that case I'll let you off, but that doesn't mean I've forgotten.
Did I ever tell you I was drowned three times? Well I didn't die, and no mouth to mouth. Once in Lake Erie, Once in a man made lake, and once in a swimming pool by a person who got carried away dunking me, thinking it was fun. Scarred for life. Love the sun, pushing my luck with water.
I know, I've just been lazy. I took my grandson to the beach whenever that was, a year ago? Anyway, we were building a sand castle and he buried me, it was all so fun. But the tide was coming in and we didn't notice. He was running and getting water in the bucket, it would be all sloshed out and just a drop left when he came back.
Suddenly this unexpected wave came and hit him in the back of the head, not hard, he didn't fall, but you should have seen his face. He was so disgusted, but he didn't cry.
I could write a book of near drowning expierences with me and my sisters.
I love the water, in particular, the sea. I cant help it.
the reason I havent been in years is hubby is scared of it. and Im not allowed out on my own. someone might "see" me.
If you dont want to go, thats fine, but I feel like you do.
That's damn unlucky, or maybe incredibly lucky.
I'm not too sure which.
I go for incredibly lucky, or protected or something. I have been hit by a truck and drowned. Either I am lucky or pressing my luck...
I'm sure you've plenty of luck left in you yet.
Just steer clear of water-bodies and oncoming trucks from now on.
Well, oncoming trucks for sure anyways.
Ever heard the one about "Your momma's so stupid she got hit by a parked car?" I got hit by a parked truck. It started moving with no one in it and pinned me to the lamp head I was installing on a new street light. I am lucky to be alive, and to still have my leg...
But it was a parked truck, so unlucky too? Work related so I couldn't sue anybody...
I am thankful, and puzzled at the same time.
LOL, yep, heard that one, didn't realize it was about you though.
Unexplained things terrible and beautiful both. It sure is a strange old world and it's good to keep an open-mind about anything and everything.
Gonna go take a break from computer, my backs starting to hurt a little, lol, take care.
That's weird...thought I hit the reply button on Faybe's post about her parked truck accident.
Yes, parked truck, that's me. My son was very upset when he heard the joke, he said "Hey, thats not right, you're not stupid."
Sorry I missed you, I was off reading, instead of writing, lol. Trying to catch up on some of the people's newest hubs. Hokey wrote some for his friend who passed away. He's a great poet.
YOu didn't miss me...you just had a delayed reaction I might check out the poetry.
I'm telling MrVoodoo here about the arachnid situation in his part of the world so he can be ready for squishing and avoiding venom.
Okay, have fun. I really have to do stuff around my house, been neglecting a lot for the hub world, time to get back to the real one.
Maybe I should do some informative spider hubs. Hmm....
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