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Not the money you could be saving with GEICO...

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July 09, 2009 – Comments (4) | RELATED TICKERS: NFLX , AMZN

Tell me who's watching...

Specifically, which companies are stalking you so well that you're happy to have their recommendations?  These popular ones come to mind for me:

Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) - I've used both them and Blockbuster Online...Netflix was utterly fantastic about recommending movies similar to my favorites.  I will admit that I put many of them in queue, never to be thought of again. We've come a long way from "Tom's picks" at the local video store.

Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) - Sometimes it's embarrassing seeing what Amazon's rec'ing for me, but hey, it's all based on past shopping history.  Worst current recommendation: two yoga books...I browsed yoga stuff once (probably after eating three jelly doughnuts or something) but never bought.

Facebook and LinkedIn - Based on your friends, you may want to add this person you hated in high school or this co-worker who backstabbed you.

Pandora and imeem.com - Two of my favorite music services recommend music similar to what you enter.  Pandora's always interesting b/c it goes beyond the obvious.  imeem's doesn't seem very sophisticated...a lot of big misses...but I won't complain b/c you play just about anything you want on demand.

Fool.com - Oh yeah, baby...lest you forget, we've got personalized "stock of the day" picks on your CAPS page.  They're based on your CAPS stocks. Thumbs up or thumbs down?

What are your favorites?  What company makes you happy about its Big Brother ways?

- Anand Chokkavelu (whose recent purchases on Amazon.com would lead most outside observers to believe he loves business books, arty fiction, and bubble gum pop.  Only two of the three are true.)

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On July 09, 2009 at 9:32 AM, TMFEditorsDesk (< 20) wrote:

Oh wow, I left you hanging...forgot to link the video to the GEICO song.

My take...the commercial clip is awesome, but the long version isn't as good as the original ...Rockwell or don't rock at all (that's MJ singing the chorus if you didn't know).

-Anand

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#2) On July 09, 2009 at 10:08 AM, anticitrade (99.61) wrote:

One of my favorite "King of Queens" episodes is when Spencer's TIVO thinks he is gay and begins recommending tv shows accordingly.

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#3) On July 09, 2009 at 11:10 AM, TMFEditorsDesk (< 20) wrote:

Ah, I forgot about Tivo...probably b/c I have a generic Comcast DVR that is less than stellar.

-Anand

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#4) On July 09, 2009 at 2:49 PM, TMFKopp (98.48) wrote:

iTunes does it and sometimes gets a good one. As far as music at least though, you nailed the best one - Pandora.

Matt

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