Sometimes I look things up on-line. Product-type things. To find out typical prices and look at reviews. Many times I never buy it but it stalks me. For a long time.
I had a new one happen to me last week. I was thinking of a specific pair of shoes. I saw them at a store but I didn’t check them on-line.
My next trip to Facebook had those same shoes in the side bar. (Today’s FB sidebar showed two other products I looked up yesterday. Not only that but it said that two of my friends recommended it!) The products turn up in the advertising section on other blogger’s posts. They show up when in emails as products I might be interested in.
I watch CSI shows. Way too many of them. I know there are facial recognition doohickeys everywhere. (It’s on TV it must be true!) Are they tracking me? Did the recognition doohickey see me fondle a pair of shoes and log it in my list of interests to forever haunt me? (I wonder if the doohickey camera got my good side…)
Sometimes the product keeps appearing for two weeks and then goes away, replaced by something else. Occasionally it will reappear after a few weeks. How does it know I didn’t already buy it?
I don’t know if a good strategy is to look at a lot of products so there isn’t enough room on the stalking sidebar or if I should look up things on the beloved husband’s computer when he’s asleep. It would make a nice wish list for him to buy me presents!
BTW computer folks, continual flashing of the items doesn’t make me want to buy it. In fact for shoes, it makes me tire of the style faster than if I would purchase them.
I still can’t figure out how that pair I saw in a brick and mortar store showed up on my computer.
Be very careful! Facial recognition doohickeys are everywhere.