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The “big data” Hopper is supposedly built on appears from the outside to be a mix of third-party content and data feeds that they are still trying to figure out.
So this afternoon I received an email from avery well funded US travel startup called Hopper, titled “We shared your blog on Hopper”.
It caught my attention because a week or so ago I’d called them a parasite on Twitter because of their practise of scraping other site’s content into their system, without permission and then “nofollowing” the links back to the source material (they do appear to have stopped this though).
So I was surprised to receive the email.
… From the URL I guess (a) they think I’m a blogger and (b) I’m being “onboarded”. Yay! So of course, idiot that I am, I clicked on the link. Here is where I ended up.