Uhmm..Runaway- did you know this?

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by klmno, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I'm just wondering if you knew that google (supposedly) has an ad for "hot singles" on the side of my CD forum page with a photo of a blond, half-dressed young woman saying "want to meet her- she's 3.5 miles away". I don't know if we all see the same ads or if they are somehow being tailored to each person's computer- and I have a teen male here. (I don't mean someone from the CD board is tailoring them- I am wondering if google or FB can tailor them. It's asking if the user wants to befriend her on FB.)
  2. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    They seem to be tailored by area. My adds are on language probably none of you would understand a word of. So they just take IP (and likely something about a topic of the board ) to see where you are from and what customer segment you could belong to and give you your local adds.
  3. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    They must be looking at IP and searches. My son has been using FB a lot and I've started researching new cars. The ad just changed to a car ad.
  4. Malika

    Malika Well-Known Member

    I've never actually noticed these ads but, yes, they are there... I clicked on it and it came up with a page of info, including this

    While Google often shows you ads based on the content of the page you are viewing, we also show some ads based on the types of websites you visit, view, or where you interact with an ad or other Google product supported by Google's advertising services. In doing this, Google doesn't know your name or any other personal information about you. Google simply recognizes the number stored in your browser on the DoubleClick cookie, and shows ads related to the interest and inferred demographic categories associated with that cookie. It's our goal to make these ads as relevant and useful as possible for you. Google doesn't create categories, or show ads, based on sensitive topics such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or health.
  5. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    Well, personally I think google, facebook, or any of those like that who start advertising "hot girls" based on firguring out a teen male probably uses the computer has crossed the line. I don't find that tasteful, prudent, much less professional.
  6. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    Ahh, apparently I'm more boring person than klmno. No half dressed girls here, just IKEA. :rofl:
  7. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    Apparently it looks at what you've been typing lately, too. I have one for wilderness camps for troubled teens... And another for formula!!!
  8. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    The Google ads that I get here seem to all be based on things we've been discussing here! I have mine set so the page goes all the way across so there's no ads on the side, but I get a band of ads under the first post in the thread. The one that's up now had an ad for a boarding school for defiant teens, a "test" to take to see if you're bi-polar, a law office specializing in divorce, a guide for surviving divorce, and a program for runaway teens! It seems to automatically pick up on key words in the threads and then put up related ads. I have also seen that ad you mentioned with the young woman but I saw it I think on Facebook, not here.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2012
  9. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    Klmno, that same "hot girl" lives 3.5 miles from me too. Strange since we live in different states. I do NOT understand the ad targeting. I guarantee you I have not posted anything to draw the attention of a "hot" anybody, LOL. DDD
  10. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    :rofl: :rofl:

    Good- I'll tell E they made a mistake and he needs to go live with you if he wants to pursue her. LOL! He said he'll be there as soon as you want him to be.
  11. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    LOL I closed the browser and reopened, after posting elsewhere, and I have the SAME ads... Uh oh.
  12. keista

    keista New Member

    I have NO ads. I use an ad-blocking add-on to my firefox browser. Life is good!
  13. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    I only get a few ads, usually concerning behavior problems, medications, and treatments. I guess I just don't type anything interesting into my computer. LOL
  14. hearts and roses

    hearts and roses Mind Reader

    I get ads for medications too!
  15. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    I don't ever go to the main page for the forum anymore... i.e.

    Instead, I go directly to the current forums - and I do so JUST to avoid those same ads.
  16. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    That same girl is near me too and she wants to be MY friend!

    When we were on the thread about Slsh and thank you, it had an ad about a funeral home. Most times with if I am on the page I see ads for bipolar.
  17. Lothlorien

    Lothlorien Active Member Staff Member

    There is a button on the ad or very near it that says "Ad Choices" If you click on it, there are options to opt out of targeted ads. I see a picture add for Vistaprint, which I always use and then text ads for behavioral issues and medications.
  18. runawaybunny

    runawaybunny Guest

    The way google explains it their algorithm serves "interest based" ads based upon the sites and searches that come from the computer you are using... In my experience their system is sometimes not even close to accurate. I'm the only one that uses my old laptop and have never searched for anything related to dating Russian women, but I have been seeing a lot of those ads displayed by google lately.



  19. klmno

    klmno Active Member

    I tried the "opt out" after reading Loth's reply but they are still showing up. It's not a big deal but I would prefer for it not to be there, given a choice.
  20. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    I noticed that in your original post, you used the word "tailor" several times. Today I have an ad showing up for custom-made suits!