My feelings towards ads range from mild dislike to outright hatred, depending on whether or not I’m forced to watch them—I will refuse to buy a product with an intrusive ad campaign out of spite. God help you if your stupid ad pops up on my screen when I’m trying to watch something. And targeted ads—ugh! (Hm, I’ve been using that word a lot this week…oh well, it fits) Lately, I’ve been trying to watch shows online and I get those ASPCA ads with the sad looking animals. Damn it, I’m trying to watch the Nostalgia Critic to laugh. You’re ruining everything!
So I clicked on that little blue triangle in the corner of the ad to try and figure out how I could make those stop popping up and making me cry. It took me to AdSense Help, and from there, I clicked on “Ad Settings”. Turns out, they make some…suppositions about you based on the sites you visit.
Apparently I’m a guy. And I like bike riding. I had no idea. Good thing Google is around to tell me.