Why I don't like localized ads

Posted on:September 25 2007

I am used to be forced to watch Austrian commercials even when I am watching german television. It sucks because Austrian commercials are absolutely boring compared to the german ones, but ok. I got used to this. But now, I noticed that google ads begin to appear in german language also when I am browsing international websites. Come on, that is totally disturbing. Not only because it doesn't fit into the whole website, but it also feels like I'm watched by a big brother, analyzing me. Of course I know that I am analyzed by adsense, but it's not always that obvious. Thinking of using ad blockers for the first time.





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some ads simply read by IT and adjust accordingly. i see ads all the time purporting to be for things related to my particular city here in the US
The Anaconda
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2007-09-25 22:23:00


err, by IP (by IT? o_O)
The Anaconda
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2007-09-25 22:24:00


I use an ad blocker all the time. Maybe that's why I never notice the ads on this page. :)

Of course you could also try using a proxy someplace. I've used a site called Invisible Tool quite a bit. www.invisibletool.info
Frobozz
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2007-09-26 00:12:00


Austrian commercials are absolutely boring compared to the german ones? That's really bad, because even the german ones are boring :)
Delight
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2007-09-26 09:18:00


Except the Jamba-abs. They're cool.
Matthias
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2007-09-26 10:52:00


Matthias: You just made me throw up in my mouth ;)
Gauntlet
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2007-09-26 15:16:00


I see German ads on some sites even though I'm in the U.S.
Michael
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2007-09-26 15:41:00


Yes, I have seen a few German adds. They aren't great, so I don't want to imagine what the Austrian adds are like! :) I generally don't mind localized adds, as I like looking at content that is at least relevant and might actually prove useful.
3ddev
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2007-09-27 15:19:00


Ups! Didn't spell ads correctly above ^^ I don't know what I was thinking! (blush)
3ddev
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2007-09-27 15:21:00


I wanted to add this

"Concerning the "slower" server VM: The server VM needs several thousands of method calls before it starts to inline and agressively optimize code. All tests not taking that into account are mood.

The funny thing though is that nearly 10 years after Sun introduced JIT to Java (1998 I believe) people still call Java an interpreted language.

"This prooved Java is really fast… for an interpreted language. Of course it can not be nearly as fast as C++."

Peace
-stephan"

to an old blog entry. AFTER I wrote the text the software running this site told me that comments where disabled. DUH!.

Peace
-stephan
Stephan Schmidt
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2007-09-27 16:22:00


German ads? Everyone knows Aussie ads are the best: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYGteJobKC4
steve
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2007-09-27 17:08:00


yes, the blog software doesn't print this, because it blocks comments using a custom modification i wrote myself and it's not that perfect, sorry :)
so it looks like google is even storing what websites you are looking at to display you relevant ads on other websites, interesting.
steve: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thenerdsangle/184542511/ ;)
niko
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2007-09-27 17:57:00


lol @ niko and steve
Halan
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2007-09-29 21:20:00


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