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TheWolfEmperor 08-13-2019 05:33 AM

I actually like targeted ads
 
I may be alone on this one but I actually don't mind ads that are targeted at me. It's how I got a really cool shirt from an artist who loves The Expanse.

And in my mind anyone who didn't like this was quite within their rights to complain when Philip K. Dick predicted this very thing.

MadMike 08-13-2019 06:05 AM

I might not mind so much if they were targeted a little better. I keep seeing ads on my Facebook for Trump merchandise, and if they were paying any attention at all to what I've been posting, they'd know I wouldn't want that shit if they paid me to take it.

TheWolfEmperor 08-13-2019 01:23 PM

That's the catch 22. It's like how I'm an open gay atheist but somehow I still see bible stuff.

jackfaire 08-22-2019 12:37 PM

I agree. I never understood this because people will praise businesses for the same behavior that they bitch about online.

For example if the barista at their favorite coffee shop starts making their drink before they actually order it they'd be all "I love the efficiency and that she/he remembers what I like"

But an online ad attempts to sell them something they are more likely to want than just random stuff and they get "freaked out"

MadMike 08-22-2019 10:38 PM

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Originally Posted by jackfaire (Post 171891)
For example if the barista at their favorite coffee shop starts making their drink before they actually order it they'd be all "I love the efficiency and that she/he remembers what I like"

That's a little different. Your example is someone who, over time, gets to know you and knows what you want, and doesn't try to sell you extra stuff. A targeted advertising system is a faceless computer program that tries to get you to buy more stuff.

jackfaire 08-23-2019 05:45 AM

They try to sell me stuff I might like. Sometimes it's more stuff sometimes it's not. Targeted advertising is the same. "Holy shit you're telling me there's a new (book in a series I like) sweet thanks targeted advertising"

To me it's not different at all. I don't need there to be a face for the recommendation to be welcomed. Advertising is just that. I would rather see ads for things I care about than the 20th Car ads for cars I will never buy. I'm going to be shown Ads no matter what so why would I prefer irrelevant ones?

s_stabeler 08-30-2019 09:01 PM

I think the point jackfaire is trying to make is that they'd rather see targeted ads than untargeted ads. Honestly, they have a point. the actual issue is more that it seems like more and more stuff has ads on these days.

That, and there's perfectly legitimate concern about how much data the companies collect- particularly since an annoying amount gets collected without your knowledge. Unfortunately, some profiles can get detailed enough to make you paranoid about ID theft.


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