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robmschn

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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:47:09 AM

I don't know where some of these ads come from, but it would be nice if they were more tasteful. Leave the games ads out!
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motehab
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 11:37:36 AM

No kidding. At least I haven't seen any farmville ones...
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:13:01 AM

>> but the info about who *made* the search is not saved in long-term memory

But it is retained for awhile – long enough to suggest personalized advertisements. Probably longer here in the US and Canada, where no laws have been made to limit this record keeping. And I'd guess the NSA has no compunction to limit how long it keeps your personal data.

>> Must be time to clean up my PC.

And insure that you use another IP address, since that is used for tracking with the data held by Google and the other search engines.

[Edited by: bytebug at 6/20/2013 8:15:21 AM EST]
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 6:59:27 AM

bytebug said: "Oh really, Rich? When was the last time you bought tampons?"

Didn't say that I bought them; however, it does seem reasonable to conclude that more than half the population is interested and glad that some do.

I've got an ad up right now for a Toyota FJ Cruiser; which incidentally I own. I was searching for a towing hitch for it the other day. Must be time to clean up my PC.

[Edited by: RichWLIN at 6/20/2013 7:01:13 AM EST]
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 6:44:37 AM

">> >> I'd bet that more than half of the population is interested in feminine hygiene.
>> Oh really, Rich? When was the last time you bought tampons?

Well, since over half of the population are female, and I'd imagine all of them are interested to one degree or another, that by itself would qualify for Rich's statement."

How many of those females are either too young or too old for this product? That impacts the 50% number significantly.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 4:28:15 AM

Google might save the search string itself, but the info about who *made* the search is not saved in long-term memory.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:58:35 PM

>> Yet another reason I am glad I have adblock.

Yup, and NoScript and DoNotTrackMe and I thought I had another security/privacy plugin but can't find it at the moment... Yeah, I know - belt and suspenders but it works.
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Scrapheap
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:53:26 PM

Yet another reason I am glad I have adblock.
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Byte_Doctor
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 6:10:11 PM

>> >> I'd bet that more than half of the population is interested in feminine hygiene.

>> Oh really, Rich? When was the last time you bought tampons?

Well, since over half of the population are female, and I'd imagine all of them are interested to one degree or another, that by itself would qualify for Rich's statement. For that matter, I also imagine a not unnoticeable number of men, particularly husbands, *have* purchased tampons for their ladies. And it doesn't take a desire to purchase tampons to be interested...
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 5:47:26 PM

>> I'd bet that more than half of the population is interested in feminine hygiene.

Oh really, Rich? When was the last time you bought tampons?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 11:46:50 AM

Every time I see a Cialas commercial I want to hop in the bathtub and have a good soak!
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:59:38 AM

I don't use Google for searches on this PC. However, I did use Yahoo to search for an accessory to my mower and mower ads were returned here. It does seem that Google Ads are using local data found on the computer in use at the time the banner ads are filled.

P.S. I'd bet that more than half of the population is interested in feminine hygiene.

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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 9:00:28 AM

>> Some of the ads you see are related to searches you have done.

Which makes sense. Don't you wish the commercials on television were targeted specifically to you? Only about half of the population would be interested in feminine hygiene products, so wouldn't it be great if the other half were never subjected to them?
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:40:32 AM

Some of the ads you see are related to searches you have done. Some are regional and some are national. Just because you haven't shopped for a Toyota doesn't mean you won't see an ad for them.

bytebug is correct about DiannaFan being wrong.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 8:35:00 AM

>> Just for the record, bytebug is wrong.

Just for the record, DiannaFan is wrong about me being wrong. I've worked far too long in this industry, and know far too many people who have been building this stuff since the beginning.

Were it not for all of the records of searches that have been saved, how would Google (and Yahoo and all the rest) publish the top searches every year?

(Ads showing now: An ad for tires, which I'd been pricing over the weekend, and VMWare Fusion, as I've been hunting down and pricing a full set of software for a client's new system.)

[Google Keeps Your Data Forever]

[Edited by: bytebug at 6/19/2013 8:40:11 AM EST]
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 1:39:34 AM

See also this topic, where Don has posted some detailed instructions for identifying the link in question.
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DiannaFan
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 11:00:21 PM

Just for the record, bytebug is wrong.
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coflyer
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:33:10 PM

Adblock+, enough said.
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:27:46 PM

>> If you routinely clear caches and cookies

Google has no need for cookies to track you – the mothership has a full record of every google search you've ever done.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 10:00:44 PM

CampKohler,

Once again, your attempt at humor is at the expense of a city that suffered a tragedy. I would ask that you refrain from this style of humor as it is not funny and offensive and cruel.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 8:34:59 PM

robmschn: The mods have no way of guessing what ads you're talking about, unless you include a link at least. You might also try taking a screen snapshot and uploading it to imagebin.

jowa: I'm pretty sure that porn is *not* considered acceptable advertising here, so if you meant that word literally, please report it to the mods. If you merely meant "a product being used by a good-looking woman", well, that's just par for the course.

plastic & bytebug: I've noticed that the Google ads, in particular, often trigger from keywords used in the forum thread. In fact, I've found evidence that they actually focus on the *middle* of the page -- so when I see an ad, I can sometimes scroll back to find the relevant discussion from a week or two earlier.

I'm currently seeing a Toyota ad here. I'm pretty sure I haven't done any vehicle-related searches lately, but I expect this one is showing simply because we're on a vehicle-related site.
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RichWLIN
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 5:08:53 PM

If you routinely clear caches and cookies, you'll still see ads that aren't related to any searches you've done. For instance, right now I'm seeing Whirlpool ads and I haven't been looking at appliances lately.

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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 2:35:32 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.

They should add tension meters to those red straps in the Tynon ad, so we can tell what is about to happen. I keep wondering if they are about to give way and should I wait around for the glorious event (rather like the citizens of Johnstown before the dam burst)?

Seriously, I don't think "use history" has anything to do with the ads, because I have never searched for nor used a game site, nor have I clicked a game ad, yet the Tynon ads show up every day.

[Edited by: CampKohler at 6/18/2013 2:36:31 PM EST]
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bytebug
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:32:58 AM

Interesting how people who complain here reveal their "interests" in doing so.

(I get software and computer memory ads.)

[Edited by: bytebug at 6/18/2013 9:34:02 AM EST]
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plastic
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 9:01:01 AM

Ads are shown to each user according to their interests and searches. I don't see game ads nor do I see porn ads because my use history is not like that of robmschn or jowa respectively. I see a lot of fitness-related ads.
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jowa
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2013 12:55:59 AM

some people like games. its porn all over the place that bugs me. and the cheap insurance adds.
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