Thought Vomit #6: ft. Ads

I’ve just written a bit about how being single and using a site like Facebook seems to make advertisers think that all I want is to find a woman. Right now, as I type this, there’s an advert over there for

I think I have quite a broad range of interests and desires expressed in my profile, but for some reason Facebook’s algorithms see that I’m single and stop looking. But they don’t even see that I’m single, as I have never listed myself as such, and just leave that bit blank – they just ASSUME that I am, and the only conclusion they can draw is that I must be interested in these women who look like they’re made of mahogany.

So, I’ve started spending bits of my life clicking the Thumbs Down icon on these adverts. I politely tell the menu that asks that the ad is either irrelevant or repetitive, and sometimes, for a crack, that it’s offensive. Then I click ok. It thinks about if for a while, then replaces the advert with … another bloody singles ad.

I just did it with, and up comes … dateMate. Thumbs down, irrelevant, and now it’s Sigh. And through the whole process again, and it thinks about it, sees I’m single, and wonders if I need my teeth whitening. My teeth are fine, thanks to my unending supply of toothpaste, but it’s nice that advertisers think that being single means I must look like the back end of a bus. Now there’s one asking me if I need therapy.

I wonder what will come up if I list myself as married.

It’s given up now, and is instead asking me if I am interested in going to a conference about angels and spiritual healing. I think someone’s taking the piss.

7 thoughts on “Thought Vomit #6: ft. Ads

  • December 18, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    Scary isn’t it? I see ads for Gardening and sewing stuff and credit!!! What a sad life I have!

  • December 18, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    PS Now there is one for weight loss —- no no , will fade away.

  • December 19, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Firefox and AdBlocker Plus FTW

  • December 19, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    In other words, I see fuck all over there

  • December 20, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Capital one credit card.
    Free PAYG sim for T mobile
    and randomly…
    European School of Economics
    What does that say about me?
    maybe they think I ought to learn ‘European Economics’, and to do that I need to phone them to enrol, but of course I will need a phone, which I can’t afford … never mind, I can get it on my credit card.

    Now it all makes sense!

  • December 20, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Just refreshed…
    Now I have learnt Economics I’m obviously ready to date someone, and they have kindly provided me with a choice…
    Ladies that sweat a lot, but live near mel (Hot local women)

    One, and only one person that dresses Rockabilly style (single 50’s dating)

    Or I could just find someone that wants to be a friend, and they will not act childishly (Mature friend finder)

  • December 21, 2008 at 1:18 am

    The only ad now is for MSN, which is surely designed to annoy me from my other note.

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