A coworker and I were having a debate about whether periods and commas should be inside or outside quotation marks, which we decided should be settled by the internet.
So I turned to one of my favorite grammar blogs (yes, they exist), but upon loading it up my Ghostery went ballistic.
For those unfamiliar with Ghostery, it’s a plugin for Chrome and Firefox that alerts you when your data is being accessed on a web page. Anytime a plugin or advertisement or analytics system grabs your cookie (and therefore your browsing history, location, IP, browser, etc), Ghostery lets you know. If you want, you can block the trackers from accessing your information.
It’s an essential tool for me as a marketer, and an easy way to stay aware as a regular Joe surfing the internet.
Anyway, Ghostery flipped out when I visited the grammar blog. 108 trackers were grabbing my information.
108! 108 companies grabbing bits and pieces of data about me. The most I’d seen previously was 75.
They got my information, and I got to learn that, in the US, commas and periods go inside the quotations.