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    I've been using Chrome 5.0 beta on Mac for some months now, and lately have been noticing something strange. Being an avid motorcyclist, I frequent a local motorcycling forum. For the last couple weeks I've been noticing an incredibly large number of motorcycle-related advertisements on Facebook. Granted, I do also mention motorcycle models & other specifics in Facebook comments and such (so I can see how Facebook might pick up on those and target me with their ads), but I've been doing that for years and these ads have only recently started appearing.

    But it's not limited to Facebook. I'm seeing more and more motorcycling related ads on other websites. Over the last couple days I've been doing some research about motorcycle chains (I need a new one)... I just loaded up thepiratebay.org, and guess what advertisement I'm seeing in the sidebar? Yup, motorcycle chains - the exact ones I was reading about. Coincidence? My gut says no. What's the deal here?

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    Are you really so naive ? ()
    Why do you think so many things are free from Google on the internet?
    This has not so much to do with Chrome and everything with Google
    Are you even aware of Adsence and Adwords, this is the whole Google world.

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    Yes, I know how Adsense works quite well. I know Google scans my Gmail emails to show relevant ads, etc. But I did not (do not?) know that it does the same thing with Chrome.

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    If you are googleing the phrases. Google picks them up and adjusts the ads. I'm sure it does the same thing in any other Browser if you use Google. Not just Chrome.
    Chrome and Chromium FTW!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TechBoyGeorge View Post
    If you are googleing the phrases. Google picks them up and adjusts the ads. I'm sure it does the same thing in any other Browser if you use Google. Not just Chrome.
    The ads I'm talking about are NOT on Google websites. They are all over the place. I'm sure they're still AdSense, but they must be matching my IP on the client sites to the searches I've performed on Google. Not cool.

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    Google places them round the web. If I website has ad's on they could be Google's. Google randomly places them round the web for anyone. And sites can choose to put Google ads on too. So mainly it's just them as random ads. Google ads can't be found on near any sites with ads on.

    I see them on many sites non-google. Like Windows sites and all that.
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    It's an age old technique called tracking cookies. Doesn't really have anything to do with Chrome.
    Though Chrome does submit your search as you type to Google for suggestions, you can turn this off in Options->Under the Hood->Privacy->Use a suggestion...
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    Google places them round the web. If I website has ad's on they could be Google's. Google randomly places them round the web for anyone. And sites can choose to put Google ads on too. So mainly it's just them as random ads. Google ads can't be found on near any sites with ads on.

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    Also you can set AltaVista as your default search engine and set it to use google when you start the line with a 'g' for instance. I don't know if AltaVista tracks you or not. But I know nobody seems to care if they do. That way you are tracked but you don't worry about it.
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    Admuncher, The best 25 bucks I spent 3 years ago and its Super Rare I even see any advertisement. If it misses it, Right click and block it with ad muncher. I use facebook and had no clue they have adds?

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