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Your Tweets are Twitter’s Most Lucrative Product

The social media giant is putting your tweets up for sale.

Photo by Flickr user Maryland GovPics.

Do you ever feel used and exploited by a post-capitalist society in which everything, even your identity, is packaged and sold for distribution in a globalized market? You’re not wrong. Who you are is nothing but an accumulation of data: the photos you’ve pinned on Pinterest. The links you’ve clicked on Facebook. The subjects you talk about on Twitter. Some companies—travel agencies, retail stores, service businesses, national security agencies—are dying to have this data. Other companies already have it. And they’re willing to sell it to the highest bidder.

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