Facebook now lets advertisers use your picture
Jul 17th 2009 at 7:00PM
// Most of us are aware of the dangers associated with posting lewd and inappropriate pictures to Facebook. But what about the many family friendly photos you upload to your profile? Thanks to a relatively new Facebook decision, not even your well-thought-out profile pictures are safe. Cheryl Smith, a consultant who blogs at Culture Smith Consulting, raised the alarm today after her husband was served up an ad for “Hot Singles” complete with her picture!
How is this so? By default, Facebook users have been opted into a new Facebook Ads program which places your image in select advertisements based on partnerships (read a profitable selling of your likeness) that Facebook has made.
According to Facebook:
Facebook occasionally pairs advertisements with relevant social actions from a user’s friends to create Facebook Ads. Facebook Ads make advertisements more interesting and more tailored to you and your friends.
While most users would be OK with their likeness being used to advertise a product that they are a fan of on Facebook like Snickers or the World Wildlife Fund; fewer would likely be happy to see their profile picture being used to pimp dating services and the like.
This goes right along with my own theory on dating sites across the net. Hear me out. I propose that 90 percent of the profiles on most dating sites are FAKE! It’s totally feasible if you consider the ideas that back this up. As you’ve read from the above article, I presume most facebook users don’t read the user agreements. So match.com would have no problem finding a certain kind of guy or girl (or look) and matching it up with a profile that may make sense for this person. With the 30 dollar a month price tag, most sites charge, it’s not hard to imagine that a small staff of writers could respond to your emails of interest. I’m sure there are even web-bot programs that could just as easily take the information from your email and plug it into a responding email. (All of this is not because I was burned in the past…this just makes logical money making sense)
I’m not outright claming match.com is a hoax site. More so creating a mild conspiracy theory. So 90 percent of said site is faked, as random images are “legally” taken from Facebook and sorry frat boy dupes are hustling to get in line. A few emails are sent back and forth, but nothing comes of it. So what, the dude figures she just lost interest; on to the next girl. But I can only imagine how many new users go to the site every day paying the admission cost.
I’ve also been suspect of the E-harmony dating commercials where couples are like “Yea it was so great, so easy, and fast! I mean we started talking 3 weeks ago and we’re already engaged!” And it always seems like these ads are being shot with glamorous beach front property backdrops. Like I said, 90 percent, so of course 10 percent of couples really exist. I’m just pickin the bone of this dating chicken I suppose.
A sucker is truly born every minute. My evidence on all of this isn’t really researched, but I think if you connect the dots you can make sense out of it on your own.