Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Flyer/Ad

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Stream of Consciousness Saturday – Flyer/Ad

The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS Nov. 23/19

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Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is. Do not name the brand if you hate it, unless you add that it’s an opinion/review of the product in question. You don’t want to chance getting sued. Have fun!

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Today’s prompt for SOCS is to talk about advertisements we get, either in the regular mail or on line. Thanks, Linda, for such an interesting prompt.

To join in this fun weekly challenge, and also see other entries, just click the above link. It’s fun!

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Well, we get some paper advertisements in the mail about once a week. We never look at them, as it goes right from the mailbox to the trash can. Sometimes I feel sorry for the postman for having to deliver all this trash to people. But, it’s a job, and I’m sure they are glad for it.

Since I have no ads to point to a certain item, I’ll just say something about the on line ads I get. Actually, I don’t get very many of these either, at least on my email notices.

Maybe once a month I get a special offer thing for a restaurant that we used to go to. That’s the key words – used to go to. We don’t go there any more, because the food quality has gone way down. When they first opened it was really good, and nothing is really wrong with it, but something happened, and it’s not so good any more. I find that’s true with a lot of places.

Another ad I get on email is for Crayola products. I don’t really look at them either, just delete. I can see why I do get those, though. It’s because I do the Crayola Color Challenge, and have for a few years.

I know this happens, but it is still strange. I’ll mention on my blog, or a comment in a blog about something, and then later go to facebook and I’ll get ads for whatever it was. The latest was about a new type of journal/writing notebook. How do they do this? I know this company doesn’t read my blog, so how do they know what I said? Kinda creepy!

That’s about it for this time. I think we’re going out to shop and for lunch in a little bit. (not at that place I mentioned!)

I’m really tempted to mention the name of the type of blue jeans my husband will be looking for when we go shopping, just to see if ads turn up for them later. But, I’m not going to. I don’t like seeing ads all over the place. 🙂

Hope y’all are having a wonderful weekend! 🙂

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Thanks for visiting! Peace ☮️

© 2019 BS

24 responses »

  1. It’s because Facebook has access to everything on your phone/computer. It’s extremely creepy. Other companies, like Google, can see where you visit, which makes sense, but FB sees everything you type, even in private messages and even if you delete it.

    • It is disturbing to think everything we type on line is being collected like that. But, I suppose we knew, or should have known this was the case when we signed up. I don’t like that the private messages would still be on there after deleting them all (which I have done). Ugh!
      Thanks, Paula! 🙂

  2. Yes! I was talking to my husband on the phone the other day about a leaky shower head and when I opened my email I had an ad for shower head replacement. How did they know that? I didn’t Google or search for it online in any way, just made a comment to my husband on the phone!

  3. The Facebook surveillance is quite dystopian. Having said that, a friend of mine keeps on getting online adverts about joining a particular political party she wouldn’t be seen dead having anything to do with. We reckon it’s because she spends a lot of time criticising them in Facebook groups!

    • Seems like we have to watch what we say or type everywhere these days. Shades of Big Brother coming truer every day. I’m not political one way or another, so I’d be very annoyed to be getting the kinds of ads and come-ons like your friend is getting.
      Thanks, Freya! 🙂

    • Our browser is Firefox, but I’m sure Google is around, too, as I look up stuff all the time. Is Blogger run by them? My other blog is on there. I’m glad I don’t get many ads at all.
      Thanks, John! 🙂
      )

  4. They trace the cookies on your computer and devices. The ones that unnerve me the most are when I haven’t done any kind of search for it, but was just talking with someone about a thing with my phone on the table next to me, and then it shows up in ads on my computer.

  5. I use an ad blocker (AdBlock Plus) which keeps 99% of the sites I visit on the web ad-free (Including my blog, which I’m told is laden with ads WordPress chooses to add on its own). Unfortunately, AdBlock doesn’t work on the mailbox, so I keep getting ads for AARP and hearing aids almost weekly. They want me to think I’m getting old or something!

    • I don’t think I have any kind of ad block thing that I know of, but I don’t get many, thank goodness. My WP is supposed to be ad free too. Do you ever see any on my posts? I hope not. I do know that I see them on yours, so if yours isn’t supposed to have them, they shouldn’t be there. Yeah, there is so much marketing for the older crowd these days, for sure. 🙂

  6. Agree, down with advertisements!! Oh electronic ads are called geofencing marketing. We use it to find Clinical Trial participants. It is not only Facebook, it is internet wide. Crazy and scary how it works. It is location based. So if you google Parkinson’s disease from Pittsburg and I have a doctor there doing a drug trial with me, the option (ad) to participate will show up first in google or whatever internet search engine you use. If you mention it on FB, same thing but instead of location, it based on key words mentioned. Once those are found, the ad will pop up. Restaurants and retailers use it to target those in the neighborhood or the drive by! Anyone can buy an ad to identify/target any defined group in a certain location. It reached thousands and thousands more than mail. And cheaper. Creepy to think what else it can be used for. You set the parameters when you buys the ad.

    • Wow, Kelly! That is really something to know and to think about. Sounds complicated, unless you know what it’s all about. Guess the businesses with the ads maybe benefit if they make a sale from reaching so many people. But, most people hate ads of any kind any where. Evidently the companies think it’s worth it if a certain percentage of people respond.
      I still don’t like it, and especially the ones that seem they are listening in on phone conversations.
      Thanks so much for the information!
      Hope you and the family will be having a wonderful Thanksgiving! ❤

      • I agree, no amount of mail or internet pop ups is going to drive me to make a purchase! What part of privacy don’t they get?! Looking forward to Thanksgiving celebration with the kids here. Wishing you all the very best too! Tell the Mister to go easy on the turkeys this years. 👍🏻😂

      • Exactly! The more they bombard us with the ads, which on TV are all so awful, the less I want to buy their product.
        We’re going over to E’s for Thanksgiving, which will be fun. Probably no turkey – maybe ham.
        Your family will be with you on Thursday? I hear there’s lots of snow where they are. Give everyone a ‘Hey’ from us, and enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving. ❤

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