Thank you @kalman and @Anonyme for the welcome.
K - Could’t the practice you describe be called “Monetizing our conversations”? That’s what I’ve called it ever since discovering the practice.
At a friends place. Talking about our plans 5 years ahead. Mentioned I wanna live in a place covered in solar panels (something I hadn’t talked about in over a year at that point). The next day, my Chrome browser has ads from companies selling solar panels. This friend had a Google Home “Smart” Speaker in her den.
At a different friends house. Sharing with them why I have to have $63,000 infusions every five months. “Because my neurologist says my multiple sclerosis will have me in a wheelchair within 10 years if I don’t”. Next day, my Chrome browser had ads from companies selling wheelchair vans.
I’ve come to terms with my MS but having Google remind me that I have a debilitating disease by placing ads in my browser and making money in the process? My apologies to anyone reading my next comments but F*CK 'EM VERY MUCH.
My body has become an enemy. It takes so much longer for me to figure things out now. The year I got it, I was working as a Full LAMP Stack Dev. I miss it. I miss keeping up with the web. I miss keeping up with what’s going on. I miss the community.
Hoping I can find answers I need here. Hoping I don’t frustrate the community with my muddled mind (things take longer to “sink in” now). Most of all, hoping I can learn enough about /e/ to help.