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TOPIC: My Internet Knows My Interests?

My Internet Knows My Interests? 05 Oct 2016 18:06 #10449

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This isn't something very new to myself and I'm guessing not to other people. But it definitely has gotten me recently getting into it, and it making me think a bit more about it. It has to do with advertising on our social media platforms such as Facebook being the main one.

Do you ever realize when scrolling on your Facebook Timeline (on a computer), you see certain AD's that are for stores, or items that you have recently searched or looked at? Ever find it creepy or does it even cross your mind? I have never really thought much about it honestly, but it has recently popped into my head on how does it even do that, and what else or other information is it collecting that I may not know about?

In a way it can be a good idea, and aspect for Facebook as they are monetizing these AD's, so when we click on them Facebook is most likely gaining money out of it (a little bit goes a long way, due to all the Facebook users out there). Then these companies that are advertising on our Facebook Timelines are getting some publicity and some promotion out of it for little cost to Facebook.
And for us in a good way, it might show some good deals that might appeal to you/us, that will lead to us going to that website, item, etc.

Otherwise, to me it is a bit on the creepy and scary side due to me not knowing what other information they might be collecting through my searches, history, typing, etc. We will have to see what else the future will hold and if I think this is creepy, I need to prepare myself for the future haha.
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My Internet Knows My Interests? 23 Oct 2016 19:06 #10684

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I also thought about it lately. I always shop on online, and that clothes I bought or saw apprar as an ad everywhere, not only Facebook. First time when I saw it, I was like how poplar this website is! Also, I started to think that what I watched was used as an ad means, many people watched too, means it's really pretty, so my confident increased. That's why even if it's a little bit creepy, it is really effective and good idea.
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My Internet Knows My Interests? 30 Oct 2016 16:16 #10744

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I've also noticed this and have wonder how they get our information. I'm always checking my emails all the time and on the side bar, I've also seen ads of products that a moment ago I was looking at. It's weird to think that they get all our information from websites that we've been in and they know what products we would be interested in because sometimes the ads show us products that we didn't necessarily looked for but it is related. I don’t click on these ads but when I see them hours later or days later pop up again, it makes me want to go back to the website and check the products again or just gets me to look around the website. I can see how influential these ads can be to the consumer because they make you want to go back to these websites.
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My Internet Knows My Interests? 03 Nov 2016 14:03 #10795

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Cierra, I definitely agree with you and consider it extremely creepy. I remember the first time I saw an ad on the side of my browser with an item of clothing that I had just been looking at and was debating on purchasing. At first, I thought "Wow, that's weird", and then after seeing similar scenarios happen on several occasions I realized that is was no coincidence. I think it's scary that it's not even just the website you were on, or pages related to it anymore, but specific items that you're looking at as well. It's scary to think what other information is out there. I think that's why I'm so paranoid, and try to avoid inputting any really personal information out there. I definitely am not prepared for the future!
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My Internet Knows My Interests? 10 Dec 2016 16:23 #11210

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It's definitely creepy, and with Facebook's ever-changing privacy updates, it can be hard to keep track of what personal information is being shared with third parties. I will be honest and say that I never read the privacy updates when I probably should. At this point I kind of just expect my information to be everywhere. If you don't want your browsing history to impact what shows up on Facebook ads, you can delete your cookies and use a browser called DuckDuckGo that doesn't track what you do. It isn't as pretty as Google but your browsing info stays private (not from your own search history though, unless you delete it).
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