I think recommendation algorithms and advertising are separate things, however think with defaults and when it comes to what specific data is collected, where do you draw the line? Absolutely no recommendations at all based on an algorithm? Would you say using your ‘like’ history to recommend you more videos is okay? What about watch history, or save history?

Same question can also be asked about where you draw the line on advertising. Just say Youtube showed ads purely based on your video like history, would that be creepy?

I think we can all draw the line at location history, how long you linger on a post, etc. I’d like to know your thoughts on where you’d draw the line for both advertising and content recommendations. (This is two questions)

Sorry that this post is horribly formatted. I’m tired, acoustic and had a shower thought 😝

  • BlameThePeacock
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    21 days ago

    I’m going to be the odd one out on this.

    I prefer ultra customized recommendations, I wish they were even smarter. Especially if I’ve already bought something, I want them to know so they stop advertising that product to me.

    I’d rather see ads for products that I may actually buy rather than for shit I don’t have the slightest interest in.

    I rarely buy products without significant research, so ads aren’t likely to trick me into buying something of poor quality. I just need to have awareness of things I don’t even know exist.

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      20 days ago

      I agree. Given that I use Gmail, Google ought to know basically everything about me, so why do I keep getting ads for diamonds, instead of GPUs?

      Why are they spying on me if they aren’t going to use that information?

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        20 days ago

        Because the diamond guy wants to advertise to people like you, Google just gives them a check list of who they want to target and Google listens, if big diamond wants nerds to see diamond ads Google will take their money

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      19 days ago

      “Hey, it’s me, Amazon. I noticed you recently bought a fridge! Here’s five more fridges for you to look at, on case you need to complete your fridge selection!”

      Like. Why?!

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      19 days ago

      One thing I don’t get is that e.g. I have Revolut installed, I use it regularly, Google knows this yet still half or a quarter of my ads for months now has still been Revolut. Why??