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Freaky Facebook

Facebook marketing is freaky. You know those sponsored pages or posts that appear on your news feed as ‘suggested post’? Well, they certainly try and target you based on your profile, your likes and even your conversations. Don’t believe me?

Well, last year, when I had nothing in my relationship status, I would get ads to lose weight, slimming dresses and for online dating. {Zoosk in particular but also RSVP}. Because obviously, the reason I was single was because I was fat!

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Anyway, back in September, JK decided to change his relationship status on Facebook and tagged me in his status. I accepted it and basically had an ‘In a relationship’ status. Well, dear old Facebook figured out that I’d lost weight, no longer needed slimming dresses and possibly found my partner on Zoosk.

So they changed their tact and began marketing other stuff.

Like engagement rings.

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This above ad would appear in my feed every second day. I refused to ‘like’ it. Just like every thing else Facebook would force me to click on.

Finally, after JK proposed, he changed the status to ‘Engaged’ which I accepted. And oh my goodness! I have been inundated with ads for wedding venues, celebrants, wedding photographers, how to change my name after marriage…and we hadn’t even discussed when we would get married!

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It’s a bit scary. Facebook certainly keeps a close eye on you. I remember some months ago, a friend and I had been messaging about me needing a flatmate and on his profile, he got an ad for a flatmates website. Yet another time, some of us were messaging about tents and camping and guess what? Ads for camping and hiking and tents came up on my news feed.

I know Google provides you with ads based on your searches. That was freaky enough. Now with Facebook, I feel like nothing is beyond marketing any more. I think what will be the killer is if I start talking face to face with friends about stuff and then notice ads for them online.

Now that would just be a whole weird stalking game!

What kinds of things has Facebook thrown at you?

Do share!

***Linking with Alicia for Open Slather***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • Anastasia Amour
    December 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    The advertising targeting options on Facebook are highly specific (which is great for marketers like me!). I think Facebook gets a bad reputation when it’s mentioned in this context – it’s not actually Facebook doing it, it’s marketers behind the brands. It’s all manually entered by real human beings who are carefully devising how best to reach the target audience of the brand they work for – not by Facebook automatically showing you a bunch of random ads the second you update any info.
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  • Anastasia Amour
    December 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    The advertising targeting options on Facebook are highly specific (which is great for marketers like me!). I think Facebook gets a bad reputation when it’s mentioned in this context – it’s not actually Facebook doing it, it’s marketers behind the brands. It’s all manually entered by real human beings who are carefully devising how best to reach the target audience of the brand they work for – not by Facebook automatically showing you a bunch of random ads the second you update any info.
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  • simple girl
    December 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Omg.. I never noticed it …. Will check out my fb add feeds…

  • simple girl
    December 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    Omg.. I never noticed it …. Will check out my fb add feeds…

  • Fiona
    December 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    adblocker ftw

  • Fiona
    December 15, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    adblocker ftw

  • Rajlakshmi
    December 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    And I get things like – is he cheating on you {facepalm} wonder if I should be worried 😛
    Social media does keep a creepy eye on us.
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  • Rajlakshmi
    December 15, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    And I get things like – is he cheating on you {facepalm} wonder if I should be worried 😛
    Social media does keep a creepy eye on us.
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  • obsessivemom
    December 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

    This is unbelievable. I never thought i was being watched. I am flooded with ads of holiday locations. It’s that obvious – I need a break. 😀
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  • obsessivemom
    December 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

    This is unbelievable. I never thought i was being watched. I am flooded with ads of holiday locations. It’s that obvious – I need a break. 😀
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  • Shalini
    December 16, 2014 at 2:45 am

    That’s an eye-opener! I never knew about this!! OMG, it’s definitely freaky :O
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  • Shalini
    December 16, 2014 at 2:45 am

    That’s an eye-opener! I never knew about this!! OMG, it’s definitely freaky :O
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  • Pixie
    December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Congratulations ! 🙂

    and yes, I get ads from weight loss, to shoes to dresses to maternity wear (even though I’m not pregnant!)
    LOL! I just ignore ’em all
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  • Pixie
    December 16, 2014 at 5:00 am

    Congratulations ! 🙂

    and yes, I get ads from weight loss, to shoes to dresses to maternity wear (even though I’m not pregnant!)
    LOL! I just ignore ’em all
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  • vishalbheeroo
    December 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I know..it’s such a put off and irritating..hate those stupid ads and they ask reasons for removing them..

  • vishalbheeroo
    December 16, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I know..it’s such a put off and irritating..hate those stupid ads and they ask reasons for removing them..

  • Laurel Regan
    December 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    That’s rather unsettling! I’ll have to start paying more attention to what they’re trying to sell me!
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  • Laurel Regan
    December 16, 2014 at 11:46 am

    That’s rather unsettling! I’ll have to start paying more attention to what they’re trying to sell me!
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  • Zita
    December 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Yep I get the dating ones a lot, as well as the health and fitness ones (don’t recall seeing the slimming dress though!) but also career change ones, for a while there I was sure I was meant to be a yoga instructor!! haha….
    A friend on mine announced she was pregnant on facebook and noticed a massive difference in what she was being advertised as well!!
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  • Zita
    December 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Yep I get the dating ones a lot, as well as the health and fitness ones (don’t recall seeing the slimming dress though!) but also career change ones, for a while there I was sure I was meant to be a yoga instructor!! haha….
    A friend on mine announced she was pregnant on facebook and noticed a massive difference in what she was being advertised as well!!
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  • nabanita
    December 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    haha,…well FB shows lingerie adds for me ever since I purchased some from Zivame!! And I’m like enough already! 😀
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  • nabanita
    December 16, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    haha,…well FB shows lingerie adds for me ever since I purchased some from Zivame!! And I’m like enough already! 😀
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  • Alicia
    December 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve noticed ads for things I’ve searched online elsewhere coming up on FB! God forbid you get married and fall pregnant! I can see this being the next Jim Carrey movie(in line with The Truman show).
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  • Alicia
    December 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    I’ve noticed ads for things I’ve searched online elsewhere coming up on FB! God forbid you get married and fall pregnant! I can see this being the next Jim Carrey movie(in line with The Truman show).
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  • ann
    December 19, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I get weight loss after having a baby ads all the time!! Also whatever I search for like office works (which I did the other day) I then instantly get ads for!!
    It is freaky but what do you do??
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  • ann
    December 19, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I get weight loss after having a baby ads all the time!! Also whatever I search for like office works (which I did the other day) I then instantly get ads for!!
    It is freaky but what do you do??
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  • Shailaja
    December 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Wow! That is scary. Anything I search for is flung at me too. Got tired of seeing those ads!

    Oh and on an unrelated note, congrats on the engagement!! Woo hoo! So happy for you,girl 🙂

  • Shailaja
    December 19, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Wow! That is scary. Anything I search for is flung at me too. Got tired of seeing those ads!

    Oh and on an unrelated note, congrats on the engagement!! Woo hoo! So happy for you,girl 🙂

  • Emily
    December 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I quit chocolate in early October, and announced it on Facebook. For the entire month of October, every Facebook ad was about chocolate. Every. Single. One. THEY’RE EVIL!!
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  • Emily
    December 21, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I quit chocolate in early October, and announced it on Facebook. For the entire month of October, every Facebook ad was about chocolate. Every. Single. One. THEY’RE EVIL!!
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  • Nish
    December 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    One reason I am never that active on Facebook. I have some generic fashion ads only, but I guess that is because they don’t know much else.

    Off topic, but congratulations on the engagement. I haven’t visited your blog (or any blog for that matter) in a while, so I am probably very late with my wishes. But Congratulations, anyway!
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  • Nish
    December 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    One reason I am never that active on Facebook. I have some generic fashion ads only, but I guess that is because they don’t know much else.

    Off topic, but congratulations on the engagement. I haven’t visited your blog (or any blog for that matter) in a while, so I am probably very late with my wishes. But Congratulations, anyway!
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