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(The Daily Beast)   Facebook's algorithm hijacked a multi-billion dollar company's ads to sell cat blinds   ( thedailybeast.com) divider line
    More: Strange, Facebook, Click, Social network service, Facebook ad inventory, Wish, ads, dynamic Facebook ads, product catalog-to Facebook  
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2017-12-06 08:35:24 AM  
"What's all this about blind cats?"
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2017-12-06 08:58:21 AM  
Looks at date.  No, not April.
 
2017-12-06 09:00:46 AM  
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2017-12-06 09:08:44 AM  
Someone was really scrambling to Romero a deadline there.  Algorithm that serves ads based on virality often serves viral ads.  They could of at least acknowledged the irony of using a baity headline ("hijacked!") in an article about about ads that do the same thing.
 
2017-12-06 09:20:16 AM  
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We all know which one Roy Moore clicked on.
 
2017-12-06 09:22:01 AM  
What, no tabby tote?
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2017-12-06 09:22:43 AM  

pheelix: What, no tabby tote?
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That is just WRONG.

/laugh
 
2017-12-06 09:35:46 AM  
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You need several of them, and cats, to make blinds.
 
2017-12-06 11:16:37 AM  
I think I'll need to consult with an electron microscope operator to see if they can get me a violin small enough to play for these clickbait purveyors.
 
2017-12-06 12:13:56 PM  
Sounds hilarious.
Almost makes me wish I could see FB ads.
Almost.
But not quite.
 
Kiz
2017-12-06 02:33:42 PM  
Actually kind of interesting article. Given the entire Wish catalog to pick products from, Facebook found that people were more likely to click on ads for weird stuff, if only to see what the heck that product actually is.

Facebook preferentially offers "popular" items that get clicked a lot... so they end up massively promoting the weirdest and most obscure things Wish offers and ignoring all of their best sellers.

And Wish is unhappy because no one actually buys that crap, they just satisfy their curiosity and leave.
 
2017-12-06 03:28:32 PM  
I'm in a FB group for the weird sh*t Wish advertises.
There is SO MUCH creepy sex stuff. Clear plastic anal speculums, male urethral expanders, electrified sounding rods (if you don't know, you don't want to know), automatic tongues... AND IT GETS WORSE
 
2017-12-06 03:42:45 PM  

Dumb-Ass-Monkey: I'm in a FB group for the weird sh*t Wish advertises.
There is SO MUCH creepy sex stuff. Clear plastic anal speculums, male urethral expanders, electrified sounding rods (if you don't know, you don't want to know), automatic tongues... AND IT GETS WORSE


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Plus
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seems to work well.
 
2017-12-06 05:53:29 PM  
OK, that triple dildo strap on thingy looks like a LOT of work. Ain't nobody got time for that...
 
2017-12-06 09:20:17 PM  
I'm curious about the Weird Tongue Thing. I mean, really, what the hell?!?

That cat blindfold thing looks like someone's fabulous idea for giving a cat a pill.  It's not going to work.

/Still laughing at the Weird Tongue Thing.
 
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