What google thinks it knows about you...

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  1. borisiii macrumors 6502

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    My friend showed me this link the other day. It shows you the information google uses to target you with specific ads. It brings together your searches, and uses cookies from many of the websites that you visit, to try and determine your interests, and lists a few of them.

    More interestingly, it guesses your age range and sex - so far correctly for me and everyone else I know that has tried it.

    Anyone get any interesting results?

    https://www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/
     
  2. Aeolius macrumors 6502a

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    It got my age wrong and things I like rap/hip-hop.... fail
     
  3. Firestar macrumors 68020

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    Completely wrong age, right gender... Although that's pretty easy. I like books, headphones, not too much RPG's though...
     
  4. Tinyluph macrumors regular

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  5. ender land macrumors 6502a

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    lol, 5/8 of the categories listed for me are "games." It's funny since at least two of the categories are directly influenced by my research XD
     
  6. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    They think I'm 8-17 years older than I actually am.
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Pretty dead on with me.
    All the interest was computer hardware and mobile Os related. Android spike but then again lately I have been heavily researching it for class project and learning the frame work.
     
  8. Shrink macrumors G3

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    I do not have "an id cookie".

    What a shame...:rolleyes:
     
  9. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Get crakin'!
     
  10. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    Pretty bang on for me... except for "Shopping - apparel - eyewear"... err... no, I needed sunglasses last week and shopped for a couple of hours for them, but it's not like I collect the darn things, I bought 1 pair, not even off the 'net in the end (went to the mall, online wasn't finding anything worthwhile for me).
     
  11. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    Google thinks I'm about 10 years older than I am.
     
  12. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Me either. :p

    Why should I make it easier for those bastards to target me with ads?? :confused:
     
  13. paolo- macrumors 6502a

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    Off on my age by 5 years. Also thinks I'm interested in fitness and bodybuilding for some reason :confused: Otherwise had me quite well.

    Anyhow, I opted out. Anything else I should opt out from google?
     
  14. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    Ummmmmmmmmmm, trickle down?;)
     
  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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  16. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    That's ok, they think I'm 25 years younger then I am :).
     
  17. quasinormal macrumors 6502a

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    Right sex, but like Plutonius 25 years too young.
     
  18. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Google knows.... that I am going to switch to Bing! ;)
     
  19. noodlemanc macrumors regular

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    i bet they know you had a STD ... hahaha u were probably googling it for ages when u first got it!!
     
  20. Happybunny macrumors 68000

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    After my granddaughters stayed the weekend.

    Google thinks I like Hello Kitty and ponies:confused:
     
  21. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    People that say "Google thinks I'm older than I am", maybe you need to realise your lives are getting boring ahead of time. ;)

    Live to be your own age, don't try to mature too fast.
     
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    They think I'm a male. I've been called worse.
     
  23. steve2112 macrumors 68040

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    I don't have an id cookie. Thank you, NoScript!
     
  24. Tinyluph macrumors regular

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    I'm guessing that they just look at the average reader's age for the websites you visit.
     
  25. Moyank24 macrumors 601

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    Age range is correct - though, they think I'm a male.

    It must be all the porn. ;)
     

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