Saturday, April 12, 2008

My Life Reads Like the Classifieds

Have you noticed the ads on facebook? Do you think they are target ads?

I have noticed that lately I've been having tons of gay ads on facebook. Different networks, Utah social scenes, websites, etc. I assumed that they were just the kinds of ads that everyone gets, but now I realize that it is probably target advertising. There are really only two other ads that I get: Art ads and Mormon ads. I am clearly an art student, and I am clearly a BYU student, so those ads make sense. I am not clearly gay, however, on facebook. In fact, I hide it on facebook. So how do they know they should put the ads up? Is it because I am silent on my romantic information? Is is because I have Will and Grace as a favorite TV show? Is it because I quote Hilary Faye in my quote section? What gives it away?

I'm just curious, do any of you have gay ads on facebook? Why?

15 comments:

Abelard Enigma said...

Do you have friends who identify themselves as gay on facebook?

Peter said...

Not at BYU, but from my high school, yes.

Josh said...

I think it must be the Will and Grace thing. I am also ambiguous about my orientation on facebook, but I definitely get more ads to meet "Hot Chicks in your area" than for hot men.

draco said...

I don't see any adds. For Firefox you can download an ad blocker so all the ads disappear- unless you enjoy seeing those gay ads...

[kɹeɪ̯g̊] said...

I do, but I belong to a few gay/gay advocacy groups, so I assume that's why. Oh, and I'm listed as interested in men.

However, I just noticed recently that I had the gay ads - they weren't there before, and I've not changed my profile in a while.

Chase said...

I have no gay ads. My sexuality is blank. It is probably the will and grace thing, it could also be gay friends.

Gabriel said...

Don't worry, I get a ton. I don't know why either. But I think I have more gay stuff on my profile. ANTM, Desperate Housewives, and more.

Romulus said...

I get none.

Vanson said...

I've actually seen a few. I mainly see computer science ones... which is my major.

I don't really know why... I think it is because I have quotes from the Office, and sometimes they have the word "gay" in them.

Chase said...

Scratch that, now getting queer ads. The one i get has a really cute guy in it. I am guessing it is because i dont have my sexuality declared. Because i have no openly gay friends on fb and dont have any gay shows.

Molly Sue said...

I don't get gay adds at facebook, but I get alot of spam. i figure it's from my involvement at "the Center"

Something I Can't Define said...

At first I didn't declare any sexuality on my facebook and as soon as I got my first gay ad I freaked and changed it to say I was straight and they went away. I think the target ads know us too well. Instead of lie, we just don't mention sexuality at all, but why would a perfectly straight guy not mention that he's straight? He must be GAY!

elbow said...

I don't get a lot of gay ads on facebook, but I think that's because I don't ad any applications. I fee like the combination of all these applications gives for a lot of ads and of course if you add a more gay friendly ad then that might be the case, but I don't know.

D-Train said...

My Facebook status said that I was interested in women since I joined, and I got almost 100% gay ads over the past few months. I don't know what was causing them, but strangely when I changed my profile to leave who I am interested in as blank, the gay ads all but disappeared? Go figure. I still cannot figure out how Facebook knows that I am gay, though I think it is partly based off who you are friends with. The more moho friends I had, the more gay ads I seemed to get. I won't lie though, some of the ads do make me smile.

Neo said...

I added Will and Grace to my TV shows and am now getting my first gay adds.