Monday, 23 December 2013

Weddings, Septic tanks, Women and Franking machines

I know my FaceBook persona is slightly odd, and it thinks I am only 18 or something, but still - I have "real" friends and relatives and make posts, and "like" stuff... So you'd expect FaceBook to have some clue when it comes to targeting adverts at me.

But what a fun selection: Weddings, Septic Tanks, Women, and Franking machines.

You have to wonder what FaceBook thinks of me (not that it thinks, but you know what I mean).

The scary thing is that, more and more, it is profiles like this that steer the way computers make decisions, and sometimes computer made decisions affect us in real life - from adverts to credit scores.

P.S. WTF have fireworks got to do with weddings?

13 comments:

  1. I thought it was just me. Shaver plug adapter, womens' lingerie, body building and a job offer to become a mental health nurse for me. And my profile is, I'd say, standard for a 28 year old software developer.

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  2. I tend to just use adblock these days due to the number of obnoxious ads on the internet with audio or pop overs

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    1. Me too, just bloody annoying when newspaper refresh in the background and suddenly starts to play video ad with sounds, especially with the PC not off at night. The other half just loves Shell new energy mix at 2:30am

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  3. Thank goodness you haven't monetised this blog. Who knows what ads your readership would then have been subjected to!

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    1. The ads on this blog are funny - and I get around £10/month from it (even though over a million page hits a month now).

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    2. 'spect most of that million are using adblocking stuff

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  4. http://www.fbpurity.com/ is your friend. Well, it's my friend anyway.

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    1. Wow.. that website is packed with spammy adverts for stuff very incorrectly targeted at me :>

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    2. Then ABP and Ghostery get rid of those......!

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  5. Weddinqs and Fireworks - Dance just a 'bit' too long with the bride's sister and find out for yourself

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  6. I often get Virginia or San Francisco, USA adverts on my facebook. I have lots of family in the USA and I guess it incorrectly attributes me as being in the USA. That is - when I forget to use adblock plus. Most of the time I never see any advert.

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  7. There was an interesting theme to my recommended pages last month: https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc3/q71/1450346_10202549929212211_219790996_n.jpg

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