Facebook Log Out Ads

Facebook Logout Ads - The Anti-Social MediaFacebook introduced a crap ton of new ad products last month.

As to be expected, they are a ton of crap.

The ones that seem the worst to me are the log out ads.

Maybe I just have too many secure personal computers, but who logs out of Facebook?

People who log out of Facebook need to be sharing a computer. So these people are either broke and using a computer at the public library, or they’re kids using their parents’ computer.

Great, the poor and young need more terrible marketing messages thrust at them so they can buy more crap.

Still, even then, who hangs out on the log out screen once they’re logged out?

So, here are my questions: Do you log out of Facebook, and if so, why?

I want to know if these ads are even worth their ones and zeroes.


14 Responses to Facebook Log Out Ads

  1. Ron Shevlin April 11, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    Jay — You got it backwards. It’s not kids using their parents’ computers who log out of FB. It’s parents (often checking up on their kids’ FB pages) who log out.

    Us older folks don’t know that you can just leave the tab open and come back to the site at a later time, so we log out of FB.

    Which makes log out ads a brilliant strategy, because us older folks are also the only ones with any money to spend. 25 year-olds don’t have two nickels to rub together, and when they do they’re spending it on macchiato lattes at Starbucks. 🙂

    • Jay April 11, 2012 at 8:49 am #

      I forgot that those crazy kids often have parents to go with them…

    • Claire Wagner April 11, 2012 at 11:08 am #

      Sorry, Ron, but at my house, it’s my daughter that logs me out in order to log in herself, and I’m pretty sure she ignores the ads. I’m just grateful she doesn’t hack my account and post idiotic things to my timeline. (Actually, I have friends who regularly mess with their kids’ timelines when they forget to log out, such as liking Justin Bieber, changing the birthday to the next day so they get scores of wrongful birthday wishes, etc.)

      • Jay April 11, 2012 at 11:34 am #

        I wish I had kids to mess with. Cats just get all bitey.

  2. Jamie April 11, 2012 at 9:29 am #

    No. I have a Mac. And a 7yo. He has his own user ID on my laptop so I don’t have to log out of anything except my ID. When I log back on after he’s played his allotment of Animal Jam or Zombie Whatever, I log back in and all my stuff returns like I never left. Freakin’ genius. But now I’m curious and want to log out and see above mentioned ads. But not curious enough to actually log out of FB.

    • Jay April 11, 2012 at 9:33 am #

      I’ve seen one, and it was interesting, but it’s really more of a hassle to log out just to look at an ad.

  3. Monica April 11, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    I must be one of the old people. I log out of everything when I’m done with it. I shut the computer off at night. I don’t have a smartphone, or a cellphone of any kind. I must be a dinosaur.

    I block ads so imagine my surprise when it popped in on the logout page.

    The only ads I’ve seen so far are for Bing. No, the ad didn’t make me want to go and try it.

    • Jay April 11, 2012 at 11:34 am #

      I saw one for Subway. I ate the lunch I packed for myself.

  4. Teri April 11, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I log out and close my browser sessions on my PC & MAC at home because I do not want to leave active sessions alive hanging out there for session stealers. It takes one wiley hacker to compose the right query string to steal your active session.

    Since my log out activity is hitting logout and then closing the browser in a 1-2 action, I have but a nano second to note the ad that might be displayed. Are they getting my clickthrough? No. I am logging out and closing for a reason. To shutdown my device.

    • Jay April 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      I bet they get really upset with people like you.

  5. Neil April 11, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Wait… you can actually log OUT of Facebook? But what else is there to do on Netscape?

    • Jay April 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

      There’s some cool sites over on Geocities.

  6. Julie April 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

    Was forced to log out to go and look – no ads. It seems they don’t know enough about me…… or perhaps nobody wants me.
    Or they know I’m broke. Now that is worrying.

  7. Shay April 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm #

    The adds mean nothing to me…never even look at them. I log out because facebook is boring and overrated!!