Month archive for October, 2007 1 posts

Facebook: Pornish Ads for Scammy Websites

Posted by jeremyclarke on October 4, 2007 · General

ad seen on facebook using scantily clad girl for no reason

Uh, is it just me, or is the girl in the Facebook ad pictured at left a bit under-dressed? I get that the ad is about “working from home”, but is that really the best picture to get the message across? It seems senselessly exploitative to me. I mean, when the photographer was choosing the outfit and placement, what were they going for: Relaxing at home, the feeling of freedom you get from being a contract typist? Does she need to wear a see-through shirt to get that across? Is it an underwear ad or what?

Even worse, if the promoted service ‘cashinbiz.net’ isn’t an outright scam or pyramid scheme, then it’s definitely something so sketchy that a reputable site should no sooner promote it than penis enhancing pills or Nigerian businessmen who just need a bit of help. I’m sure that ridiculous, fool-tempting stuff like that generates incredible revenue for Facebook, but it’s so obviously just manipulative bullshit (I’m going to give you money so that I can work?), I can’t believe FB would take them on as an advertiser.

People have been complaining that Facebook is invading their privacy by targeting ads at them based on their listed interests and other information, but I couldn’t care less about that. Having the ads match my interests increases their value and shows me less crap that I really don’t care about. Hopefully it will let them make a profit off my eyeballs without helping hucksters rip me off.