I always have doubts when it comes to follow interests on a social media so in the future I'll be given the posts/pictures/videos/etc.
Will this site show me again and again posts about bake-ware that I was interested in just in a short period of time because I wanted to renew my kitchen when moving from one city to another?
Will my “once in a lifetime” trip to South-america be sending me emails every now and then because there is a new weekend offer miles away from where I live?
Will my new interest in taxonomy classification (because I'm working on a project that involves understanding it in the biological field) continue to chase me years after this project has finished?
Now I solve the problem in a very simple way: I just create a new profile (in my computer and also in social media, including a new gmail address) for each of these interests I feel are to be of short term. But it's kind of exausting, because I need to switch users in my computer just to change my working hat.
Some benefits are that tracking (like Google tracking my search interests) is not keeping my personal interests messed with those short term interest (so searching for bake-ware has no influence in my usual search experience when I put on my “free time” hat or my “working on the biology project” hat), and I can keep bookmarks and related information together.
But on the other hand it's really limiting keeping actions just tied to one user (in my computer and also on-line). For example, how can I buy on Amazon? Should I also have a new user for each interest? I need some books on biology, but I don't want Amazon remembering in the years to come that once I was interested in that topic.
On cake it seems crystal clear that my interests are what I choose right front, and just unchecking the interest will remove that from my “recommended for you” posts. Is that right? I'm just wondering what the algorithm will be doing with my past interactions about other topics.