About Our Cookies

Cookies In Use on This Site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies (we've listed them in a handy table below), as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you'd expect
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

For more on the information this site collects and how it is used, please read our Privacy Policy.

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below.

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Remembering your search settings
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site

Disabling cookies in your browser will affect these features. Though not visiting our site will also block these cookies, we would love it if you hung around.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties, like embedded a YouTube video or a Spotify playlist. Many of these third parties use cookies. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

  • Google – Privacy Policy
    Google Maps and other related Google items are sometimes used.
  • Instagram – Privacy Policy
    Instagram provides some of our images.
  • Spotify – Privacy Policy
    Playlists are sometimes included in posts.
  • SoundCloud – Privacy Policy
    SoundCloud powers many of the original recordings on our site.
  • Twitter – Privacy Policy
    When a tweet is in a blog, it must be included in a Twitter-approved manner.
  • Vimeo – Privacy Policy
    Vimeo powers one or two videos on our site.
  • YouTube – Privacy Policy owned by Google
    YouTube powers many of the videos on our site.

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

While we appreciate it when our content gets shared, currently this website does not provide any social-sharing widgets, buttons, or other shortcuts. We provide the old school experience; copy the URL from the address bar and paste it into your social media update.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn't working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called "analytics" programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

We use:

  • Google Analytics – Privacy Policy owned by Google
    These cookies begin with "_ga"

Advertising Cookies

Though we showed advertising in the past, there are now no advertisements displayed on this website.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our's and a large proportion of the world's websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called "spyware". Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

The cookie information text on this site was derived from content provided by Attacat Internet Marketing and their cookie audit tool, a marketing agency based in Edinburgh and the Web Developer extension for Google Chrome (also available for Firefox and Internet Explorer).

Feedback

If you have any questions or concerns regarding cookies or our cookie policy, please leave a comment on contact us at info@somewhatabstract.com.

CookieTypeDurationDescription
_gaPersistent2 yearsGoogle Universal Analytics: Used to distinguish users.
_galiPersistent30 secondsGoogle Universal Analytics: Helps differentiate between links to the same URL.
_gatPersistent10 minutesGoogle Universal Analytics: Used to throttle request rate.
rated_nnnnPersistent1 yearUsed to track when a post has been rated. The [crayon-596ce4842da33662440947-i/]  indicates the post number.
viewed_cookie_policyPersistent1 yearStores whether or not our cookie policy has been viewed.
wm-ag-dPersistent10 yearsMailChimp cookie. See their cookie policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies/
wm-fgugPersistent10 yearsMailChimp cookie. See their cookie policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies/
wm-ueugPersistent10 yearsMailChimp cookie. See their cookie policy here: https://mailchimp.com/legal/cookies/

Update
About Our Cookies was last updated on Saturday, August 15th, 2015.