Persistence of intrusion

If you look at anything anywhere on the Web, sooner or later you’ll see an ad for it — and sometimes much, much later:

I fervently wish that the advertising bots would realize that, once I’ve made an online purchase, I’m done. You can quit sending me info about wristwatches, I bought one. Don’t show me any other mattresses, I bought one (ask me how it was shipped, dayum I didn’t know you could do that). I bought a set of ATV tires, it’ll take years to wear them out, so leave me alone. I could continue, but I bet you know exactly what I’m talking about. You’re not really benefiting anyone by the deluge, so far as I see.

Then again, if the ad purveyors could actually know that you’d closed the deal, it’s also possible that certain individuals of dubious integrity also could know that, and could theoretically turn that knowledge to their advantage — though it’s probably more likely that their less technically-oriented peers would just break into the house.


  1. fillyjonk »

    17 August 2014 · 8:04 pm

    I know I’m bad about giving human attributes to inanimate things, but some websites are SO DANG NEEDY. (I unsubscribed from a particular craft-oriented space because they, no joke, sent me an e-mail asking “Why haven’t you taken one of our online classes?” I figured the “What, don’t you LOVE me?” e-mail was next.)

  2. McGehee »

    17 August 2014 · 8:36 pm

    “Why haven’t you taken one of our online classes?”

    “Because some other cybermarketing wizard got to me first. I’m also canceling my account with you and burning everything I bought through ads on your site and am awaiting delivery ofof replacements bought through the other guy’s ads. That’s what you get for taking me for granted.”

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