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Offline kimmy

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Targeted Advertising Culture.
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:01:35 am »
I just received an ad for the Heck Industries Model 7000 plate beveler!

https://heckind.net/product/model-7000-8000-plate-beveler/

A fine product, to be sure, but I'm not sure I need one. 

What "targeted advertising" have you received that was way off target?

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Offline MH

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Re: Targeted Advertising Culture.
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2018, 06:53:03 am »
I just received an ad for the Heck Industries Model 7000 plate beveler!

https://heckind.net/product/model-7000-8000-plate-beveler/

A fine product, to be sure, but I'm not sure I need one. 

What "targeted advertising" have you received that was way off target?

 -k

Work-related stuff all the time (which this seems to be) like project management tools
Ads for things I already bought, like eyewear and mini vans (those are kinda my jam)
Trips to Israel (because I'm a wannabe Jew I guess ?)

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Re: Targeted Advertising Culture.
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2018, 09:46:59 am »
Work-related stuff all the time (which this seems to be) like project management tools

At my work computer I do get work-related ads. But it's usually stuff that I can see why the robots assume I'd buy it.

Ads for things I already bought, like eyewear and mini vans (those are kinda my jam)

This always amuses me. Spend a couple of weeks pondering the right thing on Amazon, finally pull the trigger, and you get two months of suggestions like "Based on your recent searches..." or "Similar to your purchase..."    I just bought one, I don't need another one.

Trips to Israel (because I'm a wannabe Jew I guess ?)

Once in a while I've received tourism ads suggesting places I've never had the slightest interest in going. I can only assume these aren't "targeted".


I used to visit atheism related blogs pretty often, especially "The Friendly Atheist". I was always amused by how often the sidebar ads were selling religious items-- books, movies, videos, Jesus-fish car ornaments, this sort of thing.

beep-boop ANALYZING... Viewer is interested in... RELIGIOUS TOPICS. CALCULATING... beep-boop Sell viewer... JESUS-FISH CAR DECAL. OPERATION COMPLETE.


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Re: Targeted Advertising Culture.
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2018, 10:35:26 am »
At my work computer I do get work-related ads. But it's usually stuff that I can see why the robots assume I'd buy it.

There's no reason to think they can't associate your work persona with your home persona.

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This always amuses me. Spend a couple of weeks pondering the right thing on Amazon, finally pull the trigger, and you get two months of suggestions like "Based on your recent searches..." or "Similar to your purchase..."    I just bought one, I don't need another one.

I started clicking 'don't show me this' and that works.

Once in a while I've received tourism ads suggesting places I've never had the slightest interest in going. I can only assume these aren't "targeted".

Yes, please give me a 2nd used mini-van.  I buy one a month...

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Re: Targeted Advertising Culture.
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2018, 02:19:39 pm »
I don't know why because I've never searched for or spoken about wanting to enlarge my ****, but I sometimes get ads for it. 
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