Lookin' for a date??

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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7193 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As far as I can tell, the ads I get on Wedding bee are based on a mix of my geographic location, and my browsing history. So I was looking at vacuum cleaners, and I then I get vacuum cleaner ads on wedding bee. I also get some ads for businesses which are no interest to me, but which are based in my city.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

RedHeadKel: That’s pretty funny. Whatever ad exchange WB uses needs to improve their targeting. I get ads for destination weddings, but I’m booked at a local-ish place. They can only give you ads based on their data. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

Ads are based on the cookies stored in your computer, so that’s from other sites you visit.  Although dating websites tend to cast a wide net, it’s been 10 years since I’ve been “on the market” and I still get those same ads, so I wouldn’t think too much of it. 

Post # 6
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2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

WB uses targeted ads based on your browsing history and geographical location.  If you’re seeing these ads on other sites as well, such as FB, gmail, news sites, etc, that would indicate something in your browser history that is triggering them.  Keep in mind, they track ALL data going through your IP address, so it might not be just your browser history.  So when you or when someone in your household went to websites that are commonly associated with single people, it triggered the “dating website ad”.  It doesn’t mean that you or anyone else actually went to a dating website, just that someone frequents sites that are commonly also frequented by singles.

Post # 7
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

MariContrary:  “Keep in mind, they track ALL data going through your IP address, so it might not be just your browser history“.

Are you sure that’s true? I don’t see how any site can tell that I’ve been looking at vacuum cleaners at Harvey Norman (a major Australian chain) unless Harvey Norman dot com passes the data on to the ad site; and even then the ad site would need a huge database. I would have thought it’d be simpler to browse the cookies on my computer. But what would I know 🙂 

Post # 8
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2169 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I get ads for wasp and bee pest control… no joke!

Post # 10
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2368 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

aussiemum1248:  WB uses skim resources as their ad generator (per the ad blocking software). They also use Google analytics to track inbound visits and metrics. 

Cookies are just part of the package. Most ad companies share data, so if one got info, they all did. Essentially, every single click you make is tracked, because data = dollars. Now, what they can actually USE varies country to country. For example, the EU has tighter restrictions than the US.

Everyone collects your data. Websites, grocery stores, clothing stores, gas stations, pharmacies, etc. Unless you’re super paranoid and live way off the grid. It’s not anything sinister, it’s all targeted marketing/selling. It’s why if you shop consistently at the same pharmacy, you’ll get coupons for toothpaste right about the time that you normally purchase it. The idea is to keep you shopping at their store.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

RedHeadKel:  All  I can think is someone on your computer or IP Address has been looking at ChristianSingles because all ads are based on info collected (cookies) from the websites that have been visited. Lately I have been looking at a mix of home decor, cars and vista print for return address labels …  Get what ads are appearing lol.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

And this is why you get AdBlock.

Post # 14
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4483 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m getting the stuff I was stalking on Fab.com yesterday

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

RedHeadKel:  It’s a great add on/extension on every browser I believe. Does wonders for blocking ads. I never even knew the Bee had ads until I saw people complaining. Get it!

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