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    Could this be??

    I know on my other post we were talking about how "Facebook is watching us". But I had a very disconcerting thing happen today.
    My dog is on a joint supplement. I called the vet's office to see if I could increase the dosage. I named the product several times. I don't remember ever
    looking this product up online or talking about it on facebook.........just when I talked with the vet's office.

    Well, just a little bit later, the product showed up in the middle of my various searches for other things.

    Are our phone calls listened to too, and products suggested from that?
    I would be sooooooooo pissed if this is so.

    Maybe I did type this somewhere online, but I sure don't remember doing it.

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    I think I may have mentioned the scary incident I experienced a year or so ago.

    I was out for ~20 hours fighting a local wildland fire. When I came home, I found that one of the local newspapers had covered the fire, and that there was a photo with the article that had my face in it, unidentified and untagged at the moment I returned home.

    Yet, my Facebook feed immediately offered up ads for some really useful wildland firefighting gear, *before* I had even read the story myself on any of my computers/devices. Which is a bit frightening if you think about the implications. I do not routinely search the Internet for wildland gear, and had not done so for months and months before this happened.

    Odd.

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    I had this same thing happen after writing an email about my parents' estate planning or lack thereof

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    Nice to know I’m not the only one. As the song goes, “Even paranoids have enemies too.”

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    Yahoo is sending me ads for incontinence products for women. Maybe it is because Yahoo has the maker of Depends as an advertiser, and Yahoo has promised to reach a certain number of affluent people over-65 with coupon offers for Depends. Actually I don't mind receiving the ads. I'm a guy, and I can't imagine ever wanting to wear them, or even try them on with a friend. The models are attractive women (I would say), showing a great sense of style, to say nothing of their bare arms and legs. And I am learning! Before I saw the ads, I had no knowledge that Silhouette Depends are in a "smooth, sleek, feminine design".

    Now if I am at a social gathering, and the topic comes up, and somebody asks whether I knew Silhouette Depends now come in a smooth, sleek feminine design, I can say "Ya, I hert dat!"

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    We all know Facebook has facial recognition. Well apparently they also have "brand" recognition. Immediately after a full body pic of me posted, I began seeing ads for the same shoes in a different color. (See other thread). And, I bought them. Sigh, I guess that's feeding the demon.

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    I knew there was a reason I taped over the front-facing camera on all my devices...

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    Someone told me that if the mic on your phone is on it can pick up what is being said and this results in ads and articles that are similar. I have experienced this once and it was a bit disconcerting. It's those pesky emails about all the young Russian girls who want to meet me that I wonder about. How did this get started????
    "Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in the midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free." Leonard Cohen

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    About the only thing I'm doing this year on facebooks is every day when the memories pop up....I delete them.
    Float On: My "Happy Place" is on my little kayak in the coves of Table Rock Lake.

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    I'ved taped over my cameras on computers and laptops for years now. Nice to know my gut instinct was correct for once!
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