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Don't be evil in private ... [Jan. 26th, 2012|09:22 pm]
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So if you look on this page, Google will tell you how old they think you are, based on the web pages you surf that they're aware of.

It will also tell you what subjects it thinks you're interested in.

I tried this at work and at home.

At work, Google thinks I'm 35-44 (which is pretty good - I'm 42).

At home, Google thinks I'm 18-24.

This amuses me greatly.

(nb: If you don't want them to track you like this I can sell you tinfoil for your hat at a reasonable price delete your cookies and browse in incognito mode. Which they explain on the above linked page.)
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[User Picture]From: jul1et
2012-01-26 09:33 pm (UTC)

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depressingly given my cookies were deleted fairly recently, and my recent searches have been all about house hunting etcetera, they think i'm 44-56.

Shoot me now
[User Picture]From: nortysarah
2012-01-26 10:20 pm (UTC)

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Ah the tin foil hats! A bit like ghoul sheep...
[User Picture]From: serpentstar
2012-01-26 10:20 pm (UTC)

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"No interest or demographic categories are associated with your ads preferences so far."
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-26 10:26 pm (UTC)

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Out of interest, do you usually surf incognito?
[User Picture]From: serpentstar
2012-01-26 10:29 pm (UTC)

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I can't remember, off-hand. It's the kind of thing I might have elected to do as a default, years ago, then forgotten all about it. I get targeted ads in my gmail though.
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[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-26 10:30 pm (UTC)

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They don't explicitly ask, but their privacy policy is linked from all their pages, and it does explicitly say "we're doing this, and here's what you can opt out of and how"

https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

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[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-27 12:12 am (UTC)

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Just checked; it's exactly how the BBC do it too (and they don't make it as easy to opt out).

I'm very amused that I just visited www.europa.eu and it's dumped a cookie into my cache. No notification, no warning in the 'legal notice', no opt out.

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[User Picture]From: caddyman
2012-01-26 10:48 pm (UTC)

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Apparently we're the same age demographic.

Shall I fret or will you? ;-)
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-26 10:57 pm (UTC)

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At work or at home? :-)
[User Picture]From: caddyman
2012-01-26 11:00 pm (UTC)

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Actually my home demographic matches your work one, so probably not too much to worry about. It still knocks a decade or so off me, so I'm happy!

I shall have to try it in the office tomorrow.
[User Picture]From: kathbad
2012-01-26 10:57 pm (UTC)

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Age: 35-44 - fair enough
Gender: Male - not quite so accurate!
[User Picture]From: lebeautemps
2012-01-26 11:19 pm (UTC)

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It thinks I'm 18 - 24 and into computers and electronics. Am 39.
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-27 12:13 am (UTC)

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Your youthful demeanour, or do you play a lot of computer games? :-)
[User Picture]From: lebeautemps
2012-01-27 09:26 am (UTC)

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I like electronics, sure. So are we saying that there are electronics for 18-25 and different one for 26 - 40?
Youthful demeanor - yeah - how would they measure that? the vigour with which I type? lol
[User Picture]From: eldelphia
2012-01-31 04:04 pm (UTC)

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Exactly the same for me. Except I'm apparently also male. Which I'm not.
[User Picture]From: eldelphia
2012-01-31 04:06 pm (UTC)

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Arts & Entertainment - Fun & Trivia - Fun Tests & Silly Surveys
Arts & Entertainment - Movies - Science Fiction & Fantasy Films
Beauty & Fitness
Games - Computer & Video Games - Strategy Games
Games - Online Games - Massive Multiplayer
Science - Biological Sciences
Shopping
[User Picture]From: greatbigshowoff
2012-01-26 11:43 pm (UTC)

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I'm apparently 56-64! - at least 20 years old than I actually am. Boo
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-27 12:13 am (UTC)

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Ouch! Pet related, do you think?
[User Picture]From: greatbigshowoff
2012-01-27 08:38 pm (UTC)

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I don't know. Social networking, bit of shopping, burlesque stuff, animal related. I'm not convinced that's what most pre-retired ladies do, but perhaps!
[User Picture]From: greatbigshowoff
2012-01-27 11:27 pm (UTC)

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Arts & Entertainment - Movies
Business & Industrial - Construction & Maintenance - Building Materials & Supplies
Games - Roleplaying Games
Home & Garden - Home Improvement - Roofing
World Localities - Europe - Mediterranean Europe - Spain - Andalucia

Guess I shouldn't have looked at reroofing the shed!
[User Picture]From: littleonionz
2012-01-27 12:47 am (UTC)

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Thanks for this john. Nosey buggers aren't they?
[User Picture]From: half_orc
2012-01-27 03:25 am (UTC)

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Now. Do you think that they classify me (and others) as 18-24 because they claim a premium on the ads that way?
[User Picture]From: jfs
2012-01-27 08:00 am (UTC)

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I'd guess not - I think it's more in Google's mindset to prefer accurate (and profitable) information over inaccurate (and slightly more profitable) information. After all, the more accurate they can prove to be, the more valuable their data becomes as a whole.
[User Picture]From: samharber
2012-01-27 07:46 am (UTC)

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I'm opted out at the moment. I have no desire to opt in just for this :)
[User Picture]From: trishpiglet
2012-01-27 08:09 am (UTC)

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I'm apparently an 18-24 year old male
Oh dear
Too much porn?
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[User Picture]From: caffeine_fairy
2012-01-27 08:35 am (UTC)

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Age: 18-24
Gender: Male

Um...
[User Picture]From: mr_h_r_hughes
2012-01-27 09:03 am (UTC)

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I too am rated as 18-24 and male apparently.
[User Picture]From: caffeine_fairy
2012-01-27 09:15 am (UTC)

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I'm beginning to wonder if that's the default if they don't have enough information on you.

Because obviously, there are no women or middle aged people on the internet.
[User Picture]From: november_girl
2012-01-27 12:25 pm (UTC)

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I suspect it's a fantasy/sci fi/LRP related rating.
[User Picture]From: agentinfinity
2012-01-28 12:22 pm (UTC)

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Or rather the AmyJamie gestalt has those statistics.

Arts & Entertainment - Music & Audio - Urban & Hip-Hop - Rap & Hip-Hop
Arts & Entertainment - TV & Video - Online Video
Games - Computer & Video Games
Shopping - Apparel

Age: 18-24
Gender: Male

So, in conclusion, you use the computer more than me.

To be honest, I find this quite comforting, as they clearly don't track the majority of our internet activity.
[User Picture]From: mr_h_r_hughes
2012-01-30 07:21 am (UTC)

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I'm so gangsta.
[User Picture]From: badgersandjam
2012-01-27 10:17 am (UTC)

No demographic categories are associated with your ads preferences so far.

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I appear to be ageless. That's how I interpret that :)
[User Picture]From: november_girl
2012-01-27 12:25 pm (UTC)

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I went to check mine, being pretty sure they'd think I was a teenaged boy - cookies switched off already. I was almost disappointed.
[User Picture]From: valkyriekaren
2012-01-27 01:03 pm (UTC)

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Apparently I'm an 18-24 year old Australian male. How peculiar!
[User Picture]From: felineparadox
2012-01-27 09:04 pm (UTC)

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Genius! I am 65+! That made me laugh. I'm not sure how they figure that one out? Are many 65+ men doing Ironman distance triathlon and reading webcomics!?

Other amusing points include:

Law & Government - Government - Royalty
World Localities - Asia - West Asia - Iran

Edited at 2012-01-27 09:09 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: sylphslider
2012-01-28 06:06 am (UTC)

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Google thinks I'm a 25-34 year old male, which is funny since I'm a 37 year old female.
[User Picture]From: janey_m
2012-01-28 08:59 am (UTC)

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Age: 45-54
Gender: Female

Arts & Entertainment, Outdoors, Horses, History, Language Resources and Shoes!

Also I'm amused by people who are put out that Google thought they were older than they were, as if Google were looking through the webcam at them :)



Edited at 2012-01-28 09:44 am (UTC)
[User Picture]From: d_floorlandmine
2012-01-29 01:21 pm (UTC)

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Apparently I'm over 65, at least on this laptop. [grin] It was pretty much spot on with the interests, though ...
[User Picture]From: bytepilot
2012-01-31 12:12 pm (UTC)

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Apparently I'm 65+ and heavily into urban music, rap and Hip Hop.

Trying to work out who the heck is using my machine when I'm not looking...