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Two things I learned about Facebook this week:

  1. They now give you the option to “like” ads.  Really?  This may have been going on for a while, but I haven’t noticed it.  Who likes being advertised at?
  2. Facebook thinks I have a baby or should.  I assume this is based on my demographics.  Perhaps I should take down my relationship status and see if they stop showing me ads for baby stuff.  I suppose that would tell me where Facebook stands on the whole “unmarried mother ” thing.
FacebookBabies

No, I don't think I'm interested in any of these. Thanks Facebook!

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It’s been a while since I posted some of the amusing/horrifying Facebook ads that show up on my profile by virtue of my age and gender.  Today though, there was a great combination that was too great to not capture.

FacebookAdComb0

OMG SHOEZ!!!!!

I get that the stretch mark and shoe ads are probably related to my age and gender.  After all, what twenty-five year old woman in America isn’t dying to rid herself of some unsightly stretch marks and adorn her feet with platform heels?  I wonder if they can somehow tell that I have pictures of a baby on my profile and that’s why I got the stretch marks ad?  I don’t think I’ve ever seen that ad before, and the picture looks to be of a pregnant woman.

I wonder more about the ad for freelancing jobs, though I suspect it’s there because I include a link to my blog on my profile.  I suppose that one is at least less insulting than the others.  Have you seen any *good* ads on your Facebook profile lately?

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SociologyMajorAd

Apparently both of my majors tend to lead to joblessness.

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HistoryMajorAd

I really should start a regular series.

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Has anyone else noticed that they get three ads on the side of their Facebook with the new layout?  Or larger ads?  It’s not always true for me, and I don’t begrudge them the right to make money off their product, but some of them are quite ridiculous.  I’m trying to remember to grab them whenever they appear to start a regular series.

FacebookTattooAd
Looks a bit too Myspace for me. Does Facebook even do this?

To be fair, I’ve also seen a number of ads for David Sedaris’ upcoming appearance at OU, so they do at least seem to be finding something useful to advertise with in my profile. I’ve already got tickets of course.

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I found a link to this article while surfing the forum at Indiebride.  Many people, myself included, have noticed that the ads targeted at women tend to be extremely insulting to anyone who is not perfectly thin but no one seems to have figured out how to stop it.  Enter this blogger, who has started running ads that encourage women to accept their bodies and link to the Love Your Body Day website.  I’m sure I’m not doing this justice so check out the site and see for yourself.

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Again, no.

I should make this a regular series.

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No…Just No

That’s me, answering the question in this Facebook ad.

(Yes, I know I could just take my relationship status off Facebook and perhaps get rid of these…but then it might go back to the “Need to Lose Weight at 23?” or the other annoying ads that seem to know my age even though I took my year of birth off my profile.  These at least give me something new to write about.)

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I knew this was going to happen.  But it still annoys me.  Now that my relationship status had been changed to married in Facebook, I am subject all sorts of new ads.  The weight loss ads are still ever present, though fewer than when I was listed as engaged.

But now, I get ads about kids and families.  This one advertises a baby photo contest.  I suppose since there’s no field that asks whether or not your’re a parent, Facebook advertisers have to rely on their relationship status.

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I hope not!  In the past couple weeks, I’ve gotten the endless rounds of age targeted diet ads as well as an offer of bail bond assistance should I be arrested in Los Angeles.  I don’t anticipate any ridiculous diets or incarceration in my future, but should I break up with my significant other, Facebook, or rather one of their advertisers is ready to help me out!

I’m not sure what kind of help they’re offering, but what do you suppose it is about my profile that triggered this ad?

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