Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Is it me?

I was wondering if people could help me do a quick test. Each day, I read a political blog called The Moderate Voice. I happened to notice today that there was a Google ad there for KoreanCupid.com, an "international Korean dating site".

I'm wondering if that ad is targeted to me or if it's just a general ad. The only reason I use gmail is to chat each week with my partner in Seoul for our research project. I've always known that the ads I get while using gmail are based upon our emails. They are mostly about Korea and learning English. But, is Google using that same info to present ads to me when I'm on other sites as well?! That bugs me. So, first, does anyone know if Google ads are that smart, and second, would you mind clicking on to The Moderate Voice and telling me if you two are offered a nice picture on the right hand site about Korean Cupid?

UPDATE: It looks like you have to click to read the comments, and then Korean Cupid appears for me right in the middle after the post's main text. Here's a link to a discussion of the New Deal.
The Moderate Voice


I_am_Tulsa said...

Hi, this is the first time for me to see your blog. I hope you don't mind. I got kind of curious since I follow Moonrat's blog. I checked the site you mention, and I get ads for Proactive (the skin lotion) and I am asked to visit the Philippines. Oh, I'm in Japan by the way. I think you may be right about being "chosen"...I don't know if it is google or the internet in general. I am not the techy type, but I have learned that a lot of sites can figure out where your server is and can direct information to you in that way.
I get a lot of banners with "get your green card here!", which always freaks me out.

fairyhedgehog said...

I didn't click to see the comments but they were there: yours was the first one.

I saw ads for: MSNBC.com, Vision Express, Fox News, Howtosoftware.com, Bike Insurance, Online Marketing, Ads-by-google was offering something about the financial collapse from www.the-end.com, Email marketing, MWR (whatever that is), The Pulse Review, Web Awards and some books by amazon.

Looks targetted to me! The ones I hate are the googleads religious loony ads because I always wonder why they've chosen me.

(I had to click on a few of those to get them to show up because I have Flashblock on Firefox.)

writtenwyrdd said...

I'm confused. I don't see any ads on your blogsite, paca.

Sammy Jankis said...

I saw KoreanCupids.com when I clicked to read the comments so I vote on the random side. I do know that many sites I visit, including TVGuide.com, target ads specifically to me because the ads are generally something that I've recently searched on the web.

Sarah Laurenson said...

KoreanCupid for me, too. So here's the deal. They might be targeting ads at you, but I'm not sure they have the software necessary - yet - to place a specific ad on the same page for every user who clicks over. Not sure.

Phoenix said...

Sponsors for me at 10:40 am CT (Texas), include:

Fox News
Bike Insurance link
Online Marketing link
Anti-Aging Secret (how did they know??!!)
Pulse Review
And "Your Ad Here"

No Korean dating service for me. Did you see anyone interesting? ;o)

Robin S. said...

Sponsors/ads when I clicked were Neiman Marcua and Amazon Kindle.

I saw an article this morning - Google attorneys were talking about the fact that they are now using their purchase of DoubleClick last year, and will be mining personal information to target ads. You can opt out - but you have to know you can. Good that you noticed it. I noticed on gmail that they do target ads according to my subject line in my emails. I HATE IT.

Sarah Laurenson said...

The Google article.

I guess I was very wrong, eh?

McKoala said...

No Korean friends for me.

pacatrue said...

Yeah, it's looking more and more like I might start searching with another search engine.

fairyhedgehog said...

That article was useful, Sarah. I've opted out of all targetted advertising now, not just Google's.

sylvia said...

Google are that clever but according to them, they've not been doing that. They are now starting to. This is being sent to everyone who has Google ads on their website:

We're writing to let you know about the upcoming launch of interest-based advertising, which will require you to review and make any necessary changes to your site's privacy policies. You'll also see some new options on your Account Settings page.

Interest-based advertising will allow advertisers to display ads based on a user's previous interactions with them, such as visits to advertiser website and also to reach users based on their interests (e.g. "sports enthusiast"). To develop interest categories, we will recognise the types of web pages that users visit throughout the Google content network. As an example, if they visit a number of sports pages, we will add them to the "sports enthusiast" interest category. To learn more about your associated account settings, please visit the AdSense Help Centre at http://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/topic.py?topic=20310&hl=en_GB.