Your Facebook Ad Preferences Reveal Some Hilarious Things About What The Algorithm Thinks You Like
Have you ever been browsing Facebook, only to notice something a bit... um... off about the ads supposedly targeted towards you? You know, the ones on the righthand side that seem to think you are a mother of two in need of funeral services, when you are in fact a mother of one very struggling succulent and the only thing dead is your previous succulent? Yeah, well, you're not alone. Your Facebook ad preferences can reveal what the social network's algorithm thinks you like — often with hilarious results. Oh well. Facebook can't be good at everything, right?
According to actual page corresponding to Facebook ad preferences, the site "[shows] you ads based on things we think you care about. Your preferences include information from your profile as well as actions you take on and off Facebook." Which is not my favorite thing to hear, but, like the Internet has been encroaching on our privacy for years and it could be worse, I guess.
To find your own preferences — or, perhaps more accurately, what your insane alter ego prefers — just head to facebook.com/ads/preferences/edit. You'll be presented with a whole slew of things you definitely like according to the Internet.
These are my "relationship" preferences. I've never been a bridesmaid, I'm chronically bad at relationships, babies are cute but also scary... but stay-at-home dads are pretty rad. And like, yeah, maybe I am in a relationship with velvet. Not so far off, Facebook. "C" for close!
Oh well. These, on the other hand, are literally the opposite of things that I like. Like, if I had to make a list of activities that I would have to be paid to participate in, it's these. I'm feeling a little attacked, honestly.
Thankfully, I am not the only one whose identity in the eyes of Facebook is a little skewed. #Facebookadprefs is currently trending on Twitter, and the results are just delightful.
So what do your Facebook ad preferences reveal about you?
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