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Title: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: 911jason on June 27, 2010, 05:29:28 am
Started seeing lots of them tonight...

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Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: MAGreen on June 27, 2010, 06:07:29 am
Have you seen the one for Shakes & Fidget? I think it might be a video game or something...\
German, maybe?
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: drenee on June 27, 2010, 06:39:11 am
I just noticed these myself.  I was going to ask a mod about it, and then found your thread. 
Since we have a global audience, I guess these ads make sense.
deb
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: 911jason on June 27, 2010, 06:44:43 am
I just noticed these myself.  I was going to ask a mod about it, and then found your thread. 
Since we have a global audience, I guess these ads make sense.
deb

Yes, that's true... I guess I assumed that through the Magic of Google, they'd be able to serve up ads directly to each user based on their IP address (which would indicate country of origin). If it's a choice that is made by Harvey, I would think English would be the natural choice since that has been the common language on the board to date.

I'm thinking this is an error of some sort, which is why I posted about it. I'm not complaining one bit! ;)
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 27, 2010, 09:13:19 am
The ads are selected by Google - I'm not sure why some of those foreign ads are appearing. My understanding is that Google selects the ad to be displayed based on user location and on the content of that particular page. Maybe the ads will get better as Google gets to know us. :)
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: drenee on June 27, 2010, 09:15:54 am
Thank you, Harvey. 
deb
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: Ann in Arlington on June 27, 2010, 03:34:01 pm
Is this a new thing?  I just started noticing it, but I'm using a tether app via my phone so I thought it might be a by product of the freeness of that app.  . . . . .
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 27, 2010, 03:38:41 pm
Yes, the Google ads are something new I'm testing.
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: Andra on June 27, 2010, 06:06:09 pm
Are we allowed to voice opinions on these new ads?  I find them extremely distracting, especially the animated ones.  Please tell me there is some way to turn them off...
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 27, 2010, 08:05:50 pm
I appreciate that feedback. Right now the ads are a necessary evil on the site - to offset our server costs which are significant and have grown as our site traffic has increased. But I hear you and I will try to keep things from being too crazy with it.
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: KBoards Admin on June 27, 2010, 08:15:41 pm
PS this is not elegant, but you can press Escape to stop the animated ads from moving. This will also stop any animations in avatars or other graphics. Just FYI.
Title: Re: Foreign language Google ads on the board?
Post by: Andra on June 28, 2010, 06:02:29 am
I'm trying to learn to look past them.  I post on a netbook when I'm at home and on that little screen, the ads are very intrusive.  On a computer with a larger monitor, they are not as noticeable.