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Do Facebook’s Sidebar Ads Work?

Do Facebook’s Sidebar Ads Work?

The short answer: Yes. In my most recent study, we started from that question. We checked the difference between the effectiveness of Facebook’s two desktop ad placements: in-stream ads and sidebar ads. Effectiveness was in this case the most basic outcome of advertising: minimising ad avoidance. In our experiment, we found that sidebar ads are Continue reading Do Facebook’s Sidebar Ads Work?

Things I Learned Attending Academic Conferences

Things I Learned Attending Academic Conferences

As a Ph.D. student, I already have attended quite a few conferences. These are some things I learnt: Be sure to know beforehand the Twitter hashtags. Make sure you have a full battery and tweet the shit out of that conference! Photos of presenters & compliments about the ‘lovely’ conference venue and great organization have a high chance Continue reading Things I Learned Attending Academic Conferences

STUDY: Older Adults Are Privacy Concerned, Yet Don’t Act Accordingly

STUDY: Older Adults Are Privacy Concerned, Yet Don’t Act Accordingly

Nowadays, much is to do about privacy on social media. Often children, adolescents and young adults (so-called ‘digital natives’) are described as ‘young and reckless’ with regard to the diffusion of their personal data on Facebook and other social networking sites. But is that rightly so?  In order to get insights in the way online privacy is Continue reading STUDY: Older Adults Are Privacy Concerned, Yet Don’t Act Accordingly

How to protect your privacy against advertisers on Facebook

How to protect your privacy against advertisers on Facebook

Facebook has grown out to become an immense popular social networking site, with a vast user base of over 1 billion users. Through the Facebook advertising platform, advertisers have the possibility to reach a very specific part of these 1 billion users thanks to granular targeting options e.g. “males” and “18-year olds”. But also less Continue reading How to protect your privacy against advertisers on Facebook

About Me

About Me

I am Evert Van den Broeck, child of the so-called ‘generation Y’. Researchers describe us as the first ‘digital’ generation. We discern ourselves from former generations through a significant increase in use and familiarity with communication, media and technologies. We grew up in a rapidly changing society, and take for granted those technologies that changed Continue reading About Me