Back in March I read a super interesting article on Ad Age about Facebook starting to mine real-time conversations for ad targeting.
Yes, Facebook has been delivering targeted ads based on status updates and other posts for a while – but it’s never been instantaneous. Look at what I immediately noticed after updating my status this morning:
If it’s too small to see, basically I had included the words “Colorado” and “precious” in my post. As you can see from the screen shot, I was instantly given options for “related to your post” over on the left. This caused two reactions for me:
- Wow, that was fast. Looks like Facebook is making real-time headway!
- Obviously the context was not taken into account. If the algorithms were truly intelligent, they’d offer me an ad for flowers or something you’d buy to bring to a wake.
I wonder how long it will be until context and sentiment are crucial elements to the mathematics behind Facebook targeting.