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The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new service from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall.

Without much fanfare, Google announced news this week of a new advertising project, Conversions API, that will let businesses build all-encompassing user profiles based off of not just what users search for on the Web, but what they purchase outside of the home.

In a blog post this week on Google’s DoubleClick Search site, the Silicon Valley giant says that targeting consumers based off online information only allows advertisers to learn so much. “Conversions,” tech-speak for the digital metric made by every action a user makes online, are incomplete until coupled with real life data, Google says.

“We understand that online advertising also fuels offline conversions,” the blog post reads. Thus, Google says, “To capture these lost conversions and bring offline into your online world, we’re announcing the open beta of our Conversions API for uploading offline conversion automatically.” More at link --> [link to rt.com (secure)]
 Quoting: The article


Time to shut down your Google accounts...bastards.

Last Edited by Chip on 12/21/2012 03:24 PM
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The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new service from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall.

Without much fanfare, Google announced news this week of a new advertising project, Conversions API, that will let businesses build all-encompassing user profiles based off of not just what users search for on the Web, but what they purchase outside of the home.

In a blog post this week on Google’s DoubleClick Search site, the Silicon Valley giant says that targeting consumers based off online information only allows advertisers to learn so much. “Conversions,” tech-speak for the digital metric made by every action a user makes online, are incomplete until coupled with real life data, Google says.

“We understand that online advertising also fuels offline conversions,” the blog post reads. Thus, Google says, “To capture these lost conversions and bring offline into your online world, we’re announcing the open beta of our Conversions API for uploading offline conversion automatically.” More at link --> [link to rt.com (secure)]
 Quoting: The article


Time to shut down your Google accounts...bastards.
 Quoting: Chip

Yes!
[link to startpage.com (secure)]
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Just like in Minority Report. Retailers/advertisers can target you wherever you are.
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Not even a sun app with the c of the sun.
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So a few months back, I needed some hearing aid barreries and I went to the CVS and bought their "buy-one-get-one-free" deal. Usually, I pay cash. But that night I didn't have any cash on me so I used my bank card.

A couple of days later, I noticed an ad for hearing aids on my FB page.

No, biggie, right?

Wrong!

From that point on, I was pretty much bombarded with ads for hearing aids, batteries, hearing supplies, etc. etc.

The whole point is I had never seen one hearing related ad prior to making that purchase that night.

I HAVEN'T USED FACEBOOK EVER SINCE... and the info-nazis WILL NOT let me delete my account.
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So a few months back, I needed some hearing aid barreries and I went to the CVS and bought their "buy-one-get-one-free" deal. Usually, I pay cash. But that night I didn't have any cash on me so I used my bank card.

A couple of days later, I noticed an ad for hearing aids on my FB page.

No, biggie, right?

Wrong!

From that point on, I was pretty much bombarded with ads for hearing aids, batteries, hearing supplies, etc. etc.

The whole point is I had never seen one hearing related ad prior to making that purchase that night.

I HAVEN'T USED FACEBOOK EVER SINCE... and the info-nazis WILL NOT let me delete my account.
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damned
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My suggestion. Open fake facebook accounts for everyone in the phonebook.
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Google are cunts.
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That would be a pretty sexy walk through the mall for me

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Welcome to the new world... privacy.... that so yesterday

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Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain

He's a nut-bag! Just because the fucker's got a library card doesn't make him Yoda! ~David Mills ~ Se7en

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There it is. That would be really messed up if they had something like that in a Pharmacy, for all to hear.

"Hello Mr. Chip, how are those boner pills working out for you?"

D'oh! lol
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Coming to a mall near you!

Exactly why I mostly use startpage instead of google, and botch my info on just about everything else.
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There it is. That would be really messed up if they had something like that in a Pharmacy, for all to hear.

"Hello Mr. Chip, how are those boner pills working out for you?"

D'oh! lol
 Quoting: HI.Lander


Haha! Boner pills. I wish I needed those. I have the opposite problem.
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Google is flippin' evil.
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Google is flippin' evil.
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Not sure if you're referring to the fact that they used to say "Don't be evil."

They did hire a darpa Director as a VP after all. Go figure.
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He's a nut-bag! Just because the fucker's got a library card doesn't make him Yoda! ~David Mills ~ Se7en

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Re: Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too...
So a few months back, I needed some hearing aid barreries and I went to the CVS and bought their "buy-one-get-one-free" deal. Usually, I pay cash. But that night I didn't have any cash on me so I used my bank card.

A couple of days later, I noticed an ad for hearing aids on my FB page.

No, biggie, right?

Wrong!

From that point on, I was pretty much bombarded with ads for hearing aids, batteries, hearing supplies, etc. etc.

The whole point is I had never seen one hearing related ad prior to making that purchase that night.

I HAVEN'T USED FACEBOOK EVER SINCE... and the info-nazis WILL NOT let me delete my account.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 24275310


damned
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I find that to be very disturbing O.O I use ad block for google. I used to click on one thing and see adds for weeks. Doesn't help in the creepy someones watching us aspect but it makes searching a lot less annoying lol
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Just like in Minority Report. Retailers/advertisers can target you wherever you are.
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I hate that shit. I especially hate getting email that addresses me by my name. Like saying my name gives them magic power to make me buy.
Maybe if they could count the money in my pocket they'd shut the fuck up.
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The most powerful company on the Internet just got a whole lot creepier: a new service from Google merges offline consumer info with online intelligence, allowing advertisers to target users based on what they do at the keyboard and at the mall.

Without much fanfare, Google announced news this week of a new advertising project, Conversions API, that will let businesses build all-encompassing user profiles based off of not just what users search for on the Web, but what they purchase outside of the home.

In a blog post this week on Google’s DoubleClick Search site, the Silicon Valley giant says that targeting consumers based off online information only allows advertisers to learn so much. “Conversions,” tech-speak for the digital metric made by every action a user makes online, are incomplete until coupled with real life data, Google says.

“We understand that online advertising also fuels offline conversions,” the blog post reads. Thus, Google says, “To capture these lost conversions and bring offline into your online world, we’re announcing the open beta of our Conversions API for uploading offline conversion automatically.” More at link --> [link to rt.com (secure)]
 Quoting: The article


Time to shut down your Google accounts...bastards.
 Quoting: Chip


not a good vision .
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Time to shut down your Google accounts...bastards.
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Agreed, everyone set [link to startpage.com] as your homepage in your browser and let's get rid of this google bullshit control freaking, forever. Fuckers, give them an inch and they take the planet with them.

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