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Submission + - Hack Google to only show me my own ads? (techcrunch.com) 4

labradore writes: Recently, Google has started to retarget ads across web sites and with somewhat creepy results. Personally, I keep seeing the same ads for flash memory cards and art prints which I have previously bookmarked while visiting rather popular online retailers.

I get it. This stuff is effective. Sometimes. And sometimes is enough in the amorphous world of advertising. To me, it is a bit creepy that the things I have browsed in idle moments pop up with amazing specificity and constant repetition. I'm half-tempted to just buy the damn products in the hope that other ads will appear. But, somehow, I doubt that would happen and there's no sense in rewarding these advertisers for annoying me.

Then, a thought struck me. Is it possible to buy advertising from Google that only targets me? Instead of seeing these annoying ads, can I pay Google just to show me my favorite pictures or funny quotes?

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"