Facebook knows & Me
Posted January 18, 2011on:
It’s probably not that hard for the computers in Facebookland to figure out which advertising to send to me. And I don’t find that creepy at all. Facebook knows, as it should.
Before the holidays, there were ads for shirts and mugs of fake Jewish unions like the Guild of Jewish Mothers, which had a motto of “Worrying today for tomorrow.” I can relate to that.
Other so-called Jewish unions included the
- International Association of Dreidel Spinners – “One good turn deserves another” and “Have Gelt – Will Gamble.”
- Allied Matzo Ball Makers League – “Flat Bread, Fluffy Balls”
- Federated Gefilte Fish Grinders and Fressers Guild – “Scaling New Heights” and “Carpe Carp.”
- Associated Jewish Outdoorsmen (or Outdoorswomen) – Schlep, S’mores, Sleep, Repeat.
- Loyal Order of the Latke – “Fried and True” and “For the Grater Good.”
- Union of Jewish Handymen or Handywomen – “Repairing the world one light bulb at a time.”
I loved these Jewnion Label products marketed by Café Press, buying ones that fit different family members. I should have gotten one for myself but alas I ran out of money.
Showing up more recently on my Facebook page are ads for The Jewish Hostess.
I’m Jewish; hostess not so much. My mother was; my daughter is. It clearly skipped a generation – unless you are prepared to be very informal and lend a hand.
The front page of www.thejewishhostess.com is dedicated to “5 COOL TU BI’ SHVAT ACTIVITIES FOR TODAY’S KIDS.”
Think of Tu Bi’ Shvat as the Jewish Arbor Day, which is celebrated by planting trees and eating dried fruits.
The cool activities from the Creative Jewish Mom involve buying trees to replace the horrible losses of the Carmel Forest in Israel, making grape juice sangria (which I bet the moms would prefer being non-non-alcoholic), fruity centerpieces and planting seeds in egg cartons.
Also suggested was making citrus pomanders – a project harkening back to when folks carried balls of perfume to cover smells of their less frequently washed bodies and clothes. Perhaps professional football players might find a citrus pomander useful in the huddle or when at the bottom of the pile.
I was wondering if there was a comparable website to the Jewish Hostess for the Christian Hostess. I found Modern Christian Housewife, Mrs. Happy Hosuewife, Chronicles of a Submissive & Gracious Wife, Naughty Christian Housewife, the NotSoPerfect Christian Housewife and more
The strangest is http://www.bettybowers.com/fashhostess.html, which gives satirical hostess tips based on Biblical passages like this one: “Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind.” Leviticus 11:22
What did Betty Bowers suggest? “When guests drop by, show not only your hospitality, but your Bible knowledge by preparing God’s very own recommended taste treat! Heat up a lovely plate of locust, crickets and grasshoppers (about 1 minute on medium heat in the microwave should do the trick!). Your guests will gobble them up, crunching on them while you fellowship. What a crowd-pleaser!”
Funny, none of the Christian hostess sites were suggested to me in Facebook ads. I’m sure it’s because my hostess interests are limited. As I noted, Facebook knows.