Facebook- Please at least PRETEND to Care

gun ads Call me a prude, but I find these ads offensive on Facebook. I have made zero indications that I think these kinds of games are interesting to me, and yet, I’m logging into Facebook and finding either hot chicks or guns as the ads I get to see. I’ve complained about this in the past, and not because I’m prudish. I love chicks and guns, but not necessarily as Facebook ads.

The question is: for a site that is acquiring 3/4 of a million new users A DAY, is this the kind of ads they want associated with the brand?

How long before we all migrate elsewhere? Maybe not, but maybe. Do you think McDonalds wants to see Mafia ads alongside their pages? I’m guessing not.

Call this a rant, OR call this something to think about: in the future, will we want to join open communities where this is what we get?

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    So those girls on the right hand column aren't really looking for ME?? :(

  • Nadav

    Absolutely agree, Chris. I think that facebook, which is rapidly becoming web leading social platform, should show some social responsibility.

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    No need to see ads- get Stylish for Firefof http://userstyles.org/ and install the style that hides ads.

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    and I thought that all the dudes who work for FB carry guns and all the chicks there are hot. Silly me.
    But seriously, I once had the pleasure to exchange a couple of sentences with one of the founders of Netvibes. He said that they will always try to stay clear from excessive ad banners on their (the user’s…) home page in the same manner that most people (other than college students, maybe) don’t hang huge ad banners in their living room… I liked it. I use Netvibes and I keep my usage of FB to the minimum necessary (thanks god for #fb on Twitter).

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    and I thought that all the dudes who work for FB carry guns and all the chicks there are hot. Silly me.
    But seriously, I once had the pleasure to exchange a couple of sentences with one of the founders of Netvibes. He said that they will always try to stay clear from excessive ad banners on their (the user’s…) home page in the same manner that most people (other than college students, maybe) don’t hang huge ad banners in their living room… I liked it. I use Netvibes and I keep my usage of FB to the minimum necessary (thanks god for #fb on Twitter).

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  • http://re-markablemarketing.com/ Jeff Bernheisel

    Yeah, I’ve gotten pretty immune to the ads on Facebook. Every once in a while one jumps out at me, but for the most part I have my mind set to auto ignore.

    It’s kind of a shame, because as someone who has spent a couple thousand on advertising on FB, I really like the platform and how targeted you can get with it.

    Oh well…

  • http://www.nextlevelblogger.com Christian

    No doubt, Facebook has changed. I’m not such a fan of the direction their ads have taken. I join you in your rant :)

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    What I find the most offensive is that anyone can advertise, it seems, and then I have to look at their content until I TELL Facebook to stop showing it to me. How about a little proactivity on YOUR end, Facebook? Really.

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    Not that I was bothered, more like annoyed, whenever I see Facebook ads that I view as, for the lack of a better word, inappropriate. I don’t need to see an advertisement in Facebook about a game that I can play on Facebook. Why not just put real ads of real companies in there?

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  • Jennifer

    My son is a young teen and gets all of these offensive ads as does my husband. It's as if the only filter is male/female in determining which ads to serve up. No matter how many times we click the “x” with the reason of “offensive” they still pop back up! Very frustrating.

  • Jennifer

    My son is a young teen and gets all of these offensive ads as does my husband. It's as if the only filter is male/female in determining which ads to serve up. No matter how many times we click the “x” with the reason of “offensive” they still pop back up! Very frustrating.

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    I have been on Facebook for a little over a year, and I really enjoy it. However, I’m really starting to get annoyed at the constant repetitive ads – not only for the games like shooting my friends, but for legitimate big name companies. I have clicked on the same ads as “Repetitive” for over two to three months and I am STILL seeing them. I wish Facebook would take the necessary steps and really stop giving me the ads that I have already expressed as not interested.

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  • Lellis

    The ads have taken over facebook is there any way to take them off. It seems I have more adds than facebook. Please do something.