A web cookie is sadly not edible, but it is very useful.
In this case, a cookie is a small text file that a website can store on your computer to make note of your activity and preferences on that website. They are generally used to enhance your browsing experience — speeding up page navigation, remembering if you are logged in or not and any other settings you may have specified the last time you visited the site.
Cookies can be “First Party”, meaning I set them, or “Third Party”, meaning they are set by another company to perform a function for me — for example Google Analytics.
My website uses several ‘Third Party’ cookies for analytical and social media purposes, none of which contain any personally identifiable information:
Used to anonymously measure website traffic to improve your experience.
googleapis.com and googleusercontent.com
Helps deliver content from Google’s Content Delivery Network (eg: decorative fonts).
For my newsletter signup form.
Analytics for the links to my books sold through Amazon.
Bookmarking and sharing service.
YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and other social websites need to know who you are to work properly and will place cookies on your browsing device to allow you to interact with their services on my website.