Would you prefer a free service that uses advertising based on:

Interests you periodically select during a survey sent out every few months/once a year

Or

Interests the service's organization infers based on your usage of the service?

Imagine the company provides a service similar to Google or Amazon. The survey is a barrier to entry in this situation.

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Follow up question:

Imagine this were a service like Facebook or Twitter. Same two questions

Would you prefer a free service that uses advertising based on:

Interests you periodically select during a survey sent out every few months/once a year

Or

Interests the service's organization infers based on your usage of the service?

@brandon none, i would like to pay a monthly fee instead

@mntmn brandon@fosstodon.org
This is a good option, but of course you have to reveal your identity to do that, so it depends on who it is whether you want to.

Also they might still serve you ads even if you pay. (for example I subscribe to a newspaper and it still has ads. I use an ad-blocker, but it's still irritating since it can cause certain pages to not work right).

@leadore No, it's possible to pay money without revealing your identity. You have to have an *account*, but not an actual identity.

@yojimbo If I understand you correctly, there is one or a few businesses that have set things up to get your payment without tracking your identity. But most businesses don't do that, so in most cases my comment still applies.

@brandon
I guess that depends on the type of service. A questionnaire only is best for privacy but less reliable on accuracy. I'll chose that one

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