Post # 1
So, seriously, Gmail and ads by Google are creeping me out. Am I alone?
I spend far too much most of my time on the TTC threads. Most of the ads I see on the right hand side of WB are targeted to pregnant and/or TTC women; pregnancy tests, maternity clothes, etc. But today I ventured out of those threads and into the pets thread…and I had a bunch of pet ads! I also send lengthy emails to friends all over the States… and Gmail ads seriously creep me out – especally when I see ads that apply to an email I sent on one computer on other computers! Like, we were talking about nursing school and law school…so I get all these ads about trade schools in my area. We were talking about birds once, and I got links to ads from people selling birdcages. The list goes on, and on, and on.
Am I the only one who finds this creepy? I mean, I know it’s all just a computer program…but secretly I fear that there are Google elves, are storing all of this somewhere, and judging me and laughing for the siily things I Google all the time, how to spell things, what things mean. (A few recent examples so you don’t think I’m creepy: aroma home hot hugs, Saturnalia, devil’s advocate, fodmap, anonymity – what? I didn’t know how to spell it…lol!)
Although I can see the potential benefit, like with the Casey Anthony case…which obviously didn’t help that much. But, anyway.
I suppose it makes sense, from a marketing standpoint… Target ads to people that would actually buy them. Why advertise maternity clothes to 60 year old men? I dk, it’s still creepy! I can’t say WHY it is bothering me, other than I feel like I’m being watched.
Sorry if this has been posted somewhere.
Do you think this is right/wrong? Why? What are you thoughts on it?
Post # 3
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
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 # 5
@Hyperventilate: I feel like the same way! Like, I get it, but it still creeps me out and I don’t like it. I don’t, necessarily, NOT support it, but…at the same time, I wish it wasn’t done. Haha.
@icetea: RIGHT? I’ve seen that ad. What is UP with that?!?!?
Post # 6
It really gave me away before FI and I got engaged. All my ads were engagement ring sites. Embarassing…
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
@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
Also, if you use Google Chrome, I woudl suggest installing AdBlock Plus…it blocks most of them that show up on here.