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Are facebook ads always something you've looked at?

(25 Posts)
MrBarnaclesHorses Tue 17-Dec-13 22:03:51

You know the adverts on the right hand side? Are they always things you've looked at? Eg I will look at a pair of shoes and then they'll appear there...

DP and I share a computer, and twice today when I've logged into Facebook it's shown an ad of the same engagement ring......

Middleagedmotheroftwo Tue 17-Dec-13 22:06:54

No, I don't think so.
I think they push ads depending on your profile. Eg age, sex etc. so if he's in 20s/30s he might get ads to do with engagements, weddings, babies etcetera as that's the age these things would be happening to him.
Sorry to disappoint hmm

JanetSnakehole Tue 17-Dec-13 22:11:37

Mine is showing an ad for a handbag I was looking at on earlier...

PipkinsPal Tue 17-Dec-13 22:15:00

No they don't. I have one for Bentley and M&S Christmas flowers. Neither I have ever looked at.

fifi669 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:17:38

The ads are things I've looked at...

BertieBowtiesAreCool Tue 17-Dec-13 22:22:57

Nope. They show it based on your profile. I suddenly started getting wedding related ads when I changed my relationship status to engaged. (Also weight loss hmm) Now I've been engaged for a year I'm getting not-so-subtle "family planning" type ads. I expect when I change it to "married" these will step up a notch!

I think they are a mixture, though, because I do sometimes see ads based on things I've looked at, but mostly they are random "targeted" ones. And I do see the same ones come up again and again.

I used to know a MNer who swapped genders with her husband on facebook and the results were rather interesting.

Whatnext074 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:33:47

When I got married, the ads suddenly changed to loans, weight loss and after a year, online dating! Have never used any of those.

MrBarnaclesHorses Tue 17-Dec-13 22:43:14

Ah. He is probably not likely to propose on Christmas Day then!

DoctorTwoTurtleDoves Tue 17-Dec-13 22:44:58

I don't get ads on Arsebook. But I do have the best ad blocker, a flash blocker and a Java Script blocker. I do get weird groups they think I'd be interested in joining based on whenever I click 'like' on something. How is The Plymouth Herald similar to The Evening Harold?

Alibabaandthe40nappies Tue 17-Dec-13 22:45:29

Mine are nearly always something that I've looked at, or a similar thing.

Eg - I look at some shoes and it shows me a Clarks advert.

Highly likely you will be getting jewellery of some sort!

lookingfoxy Tue 17-Dec-13 22:48:43

You never know ........

fifi669 Tue 17-Dec-13 22:49:19

The Plymouth herald is called the evening herald.... Or at least used to be.... Think it still is?

FeisMom Tue 17-Dec-13 22:56:17

Before I installed an ad blocker I would regularly see things that I had looked at on FB ads.

Please come back and tell us if you do get a sparkly ring OP

EBearhug Tue 17-Dec-13 22:56:44

I have an adblocker.

HerdyTheRedNosedHerdwick Tue 17-Dec-13 23:01:31

I have a mixture.
Some are really random but obviously based on my profile, eg I used to work for an airline and there's and ad asking me if I got my hearing damaged while I worked for XX grin (No I didn't)
BUT there are also some ads on there for a holiday company I've looked at and some specific pieces of jewellery that I've looked at in the past few days.
If you get an engagement ring - assuming you want one - you must come back and tell us!

m33r Tue 17-Dec-13 23:10:04

FX that is a very sparkly Christmas!

I'm hopeful BUT he may have plans to do it on 28th or new year or similar so DO NOT be disappointed if not Christmas Day. This will ruin your Christmas as you'll be stressed and then, if you drink, you might say something 'pushy' or silly and ruin his 'surprise'. Be super patient! Give him til you go back to work.

I am so hopeful and confident BUT it might not be Christmas Day so STAY hopeful.

Apologies for all capitals etc but after I got proposal my now DH told me all about some of the pressures (not from me I must say).

Get excited! Enjoy it! If he doesn't, chat to him in January but give him the festive season and not just Christmas Day


WestmorlandSausage Tue 17-Dec-13 23:10:54

i've been getting engagement ring adverts on Facebook for ages. I'm definitely not getting an engagement ring! Ive just not chosen to enlighten facebook of my relationship status!

mrsdoylesteapot Tue 17-Dec-13 23:12:38

It's a combination of things your interested in and things you've looked at. You'll see ads on other websites for things you've looked at too, websites you visit drop cookies on your device and then ads can be tailored to you.

MrBarnaclesHorses Wed 18-Dec-13 13:23:21

I will come back and update the thread.

I do want an engagement ring but would be v surprised - we've had a ell of a year and are broke because of it, and we both have large families and would want them at our wedding, so £

Sallyingforth Wed 18-Dec-13 15:11:45

OP you have to remember that FB is not provided as a public service. It's there to make money by collecting information about its users and selling it to advertisers. So of course your browsing history will be used. They know as well whether you post on MN and many other sites. It's one of the prices you pay for using FB.
Good luck for the ring!

furlinedsheepskinjacket Wed 18-Dec-13 15:15:23

ime its a bit of both

mammadiggingdeep Wed 18-Dec-13 15:17:11

I always get what I've been looking at. Tool me ages to cotton on!! Haha. Was thinking 'what a coincidence those office shoes are on there'...'what a coincidence I've just been looking at weightwatchers....'

ArgyMargy Wed 18-Dec-13 15:19:58

I get mainly ads for plastic surgery...

Middleagedmotheroftwo Wed 18-Dec-13 15:31:49

I get stannah stairlifts and tenna lady fsad
I'm only 52.

Callani Wed 18-Dec-13 16:07:51

Middleagedmotheroftwo - I've been getting adverts for lawyers who "specialise in birth trauma and injuries caused in labour" - bloody terrifying! I'd much rather have the stairlifts thank you very much!

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