Friday, January 27, 2012

Demographics by Personality

Google is consolidating their privacy policy and people are getting testy. I read a commentary on it that had a link to go see what Google thinks they know about you. This is the ad preferences they use to determine what ads you see. I don't know why this bothers people. I would much rather see ads relevant to my interests than 10 steps to a flat stomach.

I was reading through the list thinking Google's doing a pretty good job of targeting my ads, then I got to the demographic section and the scales fell from my eyes.
And people wonder why I'm such a misogynist. Well, I just don't have anything IN COMMON with women! Google knows!

For the record I do not care about Google's privacy policy. I find it convenient that all their stuff is well integrated and free. I know I don't get something for nothing. Also I am who I am and I'm not hiding it from Google or anybody else. It helps that I'm a recluse in the middle of nowhere. If I had to worry about real life people stalking me in a city I might do things differently.

The Defiant Marshmallow pointed out on Twitter that with this demographic setting I will always be up to date on the latest cures for erectile dysfunction. So I've got that going for me.

1 comment:

  1. I followed your link and was surprised to find this statement; 'No interest or demographic categories are associated with your ads preferences so far.'

    On the one hand, I'm rather pleased to be outside of the google profiling analyses. On the other, like you, I might have found who they *think* I am (or interested in) rather intriguing...or insulting!

    I imagine they decided to assume you have testicles because there's nothing overtly associated with females in your categories.