Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Bizarre Facebook Ads

You know those ads in the sidebar on Facebook that everyone ignores? Well, okay, I ignore them. Not once have I ever clicked on one of them, partly because they never apply to me (so much for their targetted advertising), but more because I never click on banner ads for anything.

The ad below caught my eye tonight.
Nursing School Online

Too busy to go back to school? You can graduate from school online. Finish your degree at your own pace. ClassesUSA.

I have to be honest. This ad simply frightens me. It's not that I'm a snob and think the only acceptable way to get an education is to sit in classes in some ivy-covered building. I don't think that. In fact, I think that it's great that there are so many options for people to further their education these days and have even taken advantage of online classes myself.

What scares the living daylights out of me is the picture in the ad. I don't know about you, but I don't want to wake up in a hospital with that guy standing over me ready to give me a shot of anything. Maybe it's just me, but that face doesn't scream "I've got a warm and fuzzy bedside manner."

Do you think?


  1. The ads and the photos in them are usually randomly generated by public photos available. You can prevent your photos from appearing in the ads on the Facebook side bar, by clicking one of their privacy settings options.

    Also - ads are targeted via cookies, so it's not a matter of you clicking on banner ads, ever. I never do, either. But, you still have tracking cookies and online searches saved in your browser history. Most likely that makes up the bulk of your side bar ads on Facebook and other sites you visit.

    However, the randomly generated photo with the ad, is not just a little creepy. It's a LOT creepy.

  2. Well, if he can take blood out of my arm and not give me a bruise the size of Montana, I'd deal with him. As long as he doesn't have my address.

  3. Very creepy indeed! Reminds me of that nurse guy in New Jersey a few years ago who was going around "offing" the patients secretly.


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