Ads based on text messages

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  1. agffth macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure where to go with this so I'm starting here.

    I listen to Pandora radio on the morning commutes to work. This morning there were 2 ads: AT&T and Trader Joes. AT&T wasn't that surprising but that was the first time I've seen Trader Joes.

    What made me curious is that I mentioned both in text messages yesterday. That was the first time I mentioned Trader Joes. After thinking about it I noticed a lot of the Pandora ads are very relevant to me and things I mention in text messages all the time.

    I have an iPhone with iOS 7.

    Am I being paranoid, is this just coincidence, or is something more going on here?

    Thanks.
     
  2. numlock macrumors 68000

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    sms texts or imessage?
     
  3. agffth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Good question. iMessage
     
  4. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    iMessages are encrypted on your device before they are sent and unencrypted on the receiving device. Nobody is reading those while they are in transit. It is extremely unlikely that Apple would go to all that trouble only to undo it in order to get a few pennies from Pandora. There is another company that operates that way though.

    A.
     
  5. numlock, Feb 3, 2014
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    numlock macrumors 68000

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    ive never received an ad that correlates with my google chat/hangout content

    did i do something wrong in my setup?:confused:

    but i would hope its a coinkidink. try it out some more and update us
     
  6. agffth thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I was planning on doing some test keywords to see if they show up as ads.

    I mention St. Louis a lot in my iMessages and get St. Louis Bread Co. ads on Pandora all the time. I send messages about college sports and the NBA a lot, I get ads about ESPN College Football and TNT NBA basketball games. It's starting to get strange. It may just be coincidence but it has me wondering.
     
  7. numlock macrumors 68000

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    of course i dont know what ads you would deem "normal" but what about trying something abstract like vacation in europe or asia?

    when do you think this started?
     
  8. nightstalkerz macrumors 6502

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