(Closed) Ads being shown based off of what you say…Thoughts?

posted 5 years ago in Weddingbee
  • poll: Is this okay?
    Yes, it's fine. The benefits outweigh everything. : (4 votes)
    7 %
    No, it's creepy and I hate it. : (39 votes)
    68 %
    I am indifferent. : (12 votes)
    21 %
    Other. : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    9062 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I voted other. I see the point in tracking advertisement. Do I approve of it? Not really, but I can see why companies do it. I have clicked on ads that were relevent to my interest, so it’s a strange topic for me.

    Is it okay? Sometimes.
    Do I support it? Not really.

    But, I generally use an adblocker. Advertisements can be dangerous to your computer, especially flash and script based ones. I’d prefer to keep malware and trojans off my computer. 

    Post # 4
    Member
    3092 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    CREEPTASTIC!  FB is funny about it though b/c theirs never seem to come out quite right…like oh hey there I see you like Icetea here’s an ad of a scary clown drinking icetea selling time shares in the bahamas…wtf??!!  Haha!!

    Post # 6
    Member
    1153 posts
    Bumble bee

    It really gave me away before FI and I got engaged. All my ads were engagement ring sites. Embarassing…

    Post # 7
    Member
    10563 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Sometimes I find it a little creepy, and sometimes I find it a little funny.

    Remember how the FB ads changed once you changed your status to engaged?  Some of those amused me.

    Post # 8
    Member
    2143 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2015

    I hate the feeling of being advertised to, sometimes it’s funny though when they make a totally wrong demographic judgement of you. When I’m reading cracked.com a lot of times there will be ads for exactly what the article I’m reading is making fun of, and that makes me smile. 

    I don’t have to deal with it that much though cause I have adblock, yay!

    Post # 9
    Member
    4327 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    I hate it, and sometimes it’s painful. I’ve gone through losing 2 pregnancies in my lifetime, and now facebook is piping ads of fertility doctors in my area to “fix my infertility problem.” Assfaces. As if I don’t know how to do research on my own? Why must I be reminded of it? It makes me angry.

    So in the spirit of that, use check out http://www.duckduckgo.com <– site will not track you like google does. Here is information on why you might look to this search engine instead: http://donttrack.us/

    Also, you can install track-blocking software into your computer for free: http://dntp.donottrackplus.com/howitworks.php

     

    Post # 10
    Member
    6360 posts
    Bee Keeper

    It’s not the ads themselves I hate, but the detailed, ever-growng database of information about what I read and do online, in the trustworthy hands of some vaguely-defined corporate entties, in a country with poor internet privacy protection laws (as compared to many European countries, where I’d feel much more secure).

    I shudder to think of the profile they’ve got on each of us. Seriously, how’s a private eye supposed to make a living anymore when Google Ads knows more about you than you know about yourself?

    Post # 11
    Member
    646 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I can’t stand it!  My ads are so random (as is my searching haha).  I have seen insurance, HauteLook, Ovestock.com and Walgreens ads.  This is exactly what I have searched on Google.  So creepy!!!

    Post # 12
    Member
    186 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I like it, it keeps my banner ads (mostly) relevant to my interests. However, I work at a national advertising agency so I am bound to be a little bias. 

    Post # 13
    Member
    831 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I hate it, it totally creeps me out. 

    @StuporDuck:  I have DoNotTrack on all my computers – it’s a great software.

    Like on WeddingBee it shows 1 social network (Facebook of course), 2 ad networks, and 6 companies tracking me. All blocked. Love it.

    Post # 14
    Member
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Yep, it is weird. Before being engaged I borrowed FI’s computer and a bunch of ring ads popped up (we hadn’t gone shopping together yet). He forgot to use Google Chrome’s Incognito feature for that!

    Post # 15
    Member
    8487 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @gangqinjia:  Haha, same here!!

     

    I remember the first time I noticed these personalized ads, me and my mom were going to go stay the night at a casino hotel and I googled it to get directions. For days afterwards all I saw was ads for this hotel. First I just thought it was a funny coinkydink, but then I put two and two together. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    178 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Also, if you use Google Chrome, I woudl suggest installing AdBlock Plus…it blocks most of them that show up on here.

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