Ever Wonder Why Web Ads Seem to be Following You?


Google search technology is using cookies to determine what you search for the most, and then passing that on to lots of advertising companies to further target you with what you seem to be visiting.

Visit here (when signed in to Google or GMail) and see what you’ve signed up for: http://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb

And finally, if you’re on Chrome, you may want to add this little plug-in, just to keep cleaning out those piled up cookies that are getting stored even though you through you just opted-out of all that Advertising shadowing:

Keep My Opt-Outs plugin

I was wondering why visiting a Sur La Table site, rather mysteriously resulted in my next visit to AOL Mail to display a bunch of Sur La Table sales items in all the banner and side-bar ads, which were usually much more random.

Then a few days later, visiting some digital virtual musical instrument vendors, resulted in both my Yahoo Mail and GMail banners changing into ads for various sequencer software and more music packages.

Neat, huh?

All things web privacy and personal information related aside, is it weirder to have your ISP block your content (like in some asian countries), or instead silently log all of it and later use it to poke junk mail advertisements into your web world surreptitiously?

Read a little more at Huffington Post‘s article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/google-ap-preference_n_1237054.html

p.s. That last URL actually looked like this before I truncated off a few more cookie tracking elements:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/27/google-ap-preference_n_1237054.html?<10-digit session ID to trackback> &ncid=<sourcecode information so we know where you found the embedded link>

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