OT: my email...big brother?

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EMom
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   Posted 5/20/2008 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Can anyone tell me why the advertisements on my email (which happens to be a gmail account) are always something related to IBD? I use that email exclusively to talk to folks with Crohn's, and just recently noticed all the advertisements are about diarrhea, constipation, and specific Crohn's medications. Anyone else notice this? I find it kind of creepy. Do they have software that reads my messages looking for key words.....or am I just paranoid? eyes
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


Sniper
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   Posted 5/20/2008 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
E mom, your not paranoid. When you do searches you leave cookies that tell your interests. I'm not real computer savvy but I think you need a program to block unwanted mail. Hope someone more in the know can answer this ? better than I.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.


EMom
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   Posted 5/20/2008 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not actually receiving emails with advertisements, but rather there are advertisements along the page (sides and top), much like here on this forum. But I suppose it still could be related to searches as you said, Sniper.

Maybe it's simply because I have this email address here on the HW Crohn's forum.....?
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


Illini
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   Posted 5/20/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Actually gmail scans the contents of your messages and places targeted ads. This was a "big deal" a few years ago when gmail first started--some people felt it was an invasion of privacy. But it's an automatic filter and there is no actual person reading your e-mail.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3602745.stm


July 2007 Drug-Induced Liver Injury
January 2008 Crohn's Ileitis
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Enteral Nutrition, Omega-3 (Flax Oil and Fish Oil), VSL#3, Vitamin E, Folic Acid, Psyllium


chroniemomx2
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   Posted 5/20/2008 9:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Illini is correct. I have a gmail account also, and it does the same thing. It told me about it when I signed up, but I can't remember if there is a way to turn it off....probably not, but you could try by going in under your profile, or contacting them.

ozonehole
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   Posted 5/20/2008 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Interestingly, I have a Gmail account and I don't get any advertisements whatsoever. I do use Linux (and thus, no Internet Explorer) so perhaps that has something to do with it, but I'm not sure. I have several browsers, and with some of them I get a message saying that I'm using an "unsupported browser", but that may be a blessing since that automatically puts me into "HTML-only" mode which turns off some of Gmail's unneeded "features".

best regards,
Robert
Crohn's since 1988
3 resections


FitzyK23
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   Posted 5/20/2008 1:01 PM (GMT -7)   
This happens to me on myspace too. Illini got it right. Someone did a paper about it in my class actually.

yogaprof
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   Posted 5/20/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
yahoo does it too. all my banner ads are about health, yoga, or middle-aged women stuff!
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


Celey
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   Posted 5/20/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
... Better than the e-mails I get.... Really, I think people just try to spam you with anything and everything...



I get emails about natural male enhancement pretty often...



*... I'm female. :P... It's funny... I have a male friend who gets emails about breast enhancements, too...*
I think I am being picked on by life, sometimes. But's that okay. Life and I are good buddies... I know life doesn't mean no harm. It just is the way it is. I can accept that.


EMom
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   Posted 5/20/2008 3:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow....thanks everyone! ...I do feel a little violated... scool

I'm sure, as chroniemom said, there was something when I signed on that told me about it. I probably just forgot!
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)


not creative
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   Posted 5/20/2008 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I get something similar- all my pages have wedding related ads as I've recently registered with theknot and David's Bridal!
Laurenne, 23 Student @ University of California, Davis.
Dx'd w/ IBS and CD in 2002
On Humira, Strattera, Zoloft, (Multivitamin, Flax Oil, and Omega complex when I remember.)


ivy6
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   Posted 5/20/2008 10:13 PM (GMT -7)   
EMom, I don't blame you for feeling violated.

I think it would also be hard, emotionally, to know that even an automatic web-reader has defined us by our illness, no matter how hard we've tried to be "normal".

:-/

I.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 5/21/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Get them on Yahoo as well ...

LYN
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Glad Bag
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   Posted 5/21/2008 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
worry about it when the computer itself starts thinking on it's own....

for now, it's a computer reading your emails, not a person. besides, wouldn't you rather get demographically-targeted ads than ads that are destined for "everyone"
"I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" - The Beatles

doesn't that just sound cool when you sing it?


sr5599
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   Posted 5/21/2008 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a friend who said he figured I had Crohn's (he knew it was something) because when he'd view my MySpace page he'd get Crohn's ads.  Now that one freaked me out a bit!  I am not sure i get the logic, but I know he was not making that up!
--40 year old female, dx as UC in '04 (1st symptoms in '03), switched to Crohn's in '05, 1 fistula, crohn's colitis, limited to large intestine
--rejected (reaction/didn't work): Asacol, AZA, 6-MP, MTX, Remicade, Humira, prednisone
--stuck on methylprednisolone, tried Prochymal in Phase III study (can't wait til it's approved!)
--started Tysabri 3/21/08
--single mom to 10-year-old girl


Sniper
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   Posted 5/21/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
See EMom, now you know your not paranoid about Gmail,, you can find real things to be paranoid about. I think my doctors laugh at me while playing golf.
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

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