For your consideration.

The terms of my ad agreement stipulate I cannot tell people to click on their links, and I’m not, but I do call your attention to them briefly today, and never again. You know how they work, right? Google’s servers sniff your page and figure out who might be reading it, then toss up some ads to suit what it thinks are their tastes. Once I searched Blake’s line “the moon like a flower in heaven’s high bower / in silent delight sits and smiles on the night” and got an ad for 1-800-FLOWERS. Proving, I hope, that computers have a way to go to catch up with us.

So I just loaded the page and got four — two for ice-skating, apparently prompted by my mention of Kate’s ice capades; one for Detroit home inspectors, perhaps because of my driving tour of Mexicantown; and finally, one for roll-off Dumpsters. Huh? Ah, this must be the reason: Yesterday came the news that Ford Motor Co. could not have lost more money last year if they’d set fire to the building and used a dump truck to drop $100 bills into the flames for 12 months straight.

This is going to be fun. This may be a new form of written performance art — the Google Ad Scramble. Let the games begin.

Posted at 4:56 pm in Housekeeping |

10 responses to “For your consideration.”

  1. alex said on January 29, 2007 at 5:05 pm

    Wonder if Judi Dench’s boobs will get you some porno ads featuring “hot older ladies.”

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  2. alex said on January 29, 2007 at 5:06 pm

    Wonder if Judi Dench’s boobs will get you some ads featuring action with “hot older ladies.”

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  3. alex said on January 29, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Trying to make a wisecrack about what your Judi Dench remarks are going to bring you but it won’t let me post.

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  4. LA mary said on January 29, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    I like the Amazon ads that mention whatever you’re searching. Say your kid has violent diarrhea, so you google it to get some idea of when you should call the doctor. Up will pop an ad on the right margin asking you if you want to search for books and music about violent diarrhea.

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  5. Danny said on January 29, 2007 at 5:54 pm

    No, the ads for violent diarrhea will come when the ad-crawler sees the unenlightened political discourse here.

    Just kidding and not directed at you Mary!

    Here, let’s try this.

    Ann Coulter rocks and Laura Ingraham is brilliant! We want to see their books advertised here. LOL!

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  6. alex said on January 29, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Tried to post from work but it wouldn’t let me. So here goes again:

    If Judi Dench’s boobs elicit ads for porn featuring older women, will it still be worth your while, Nance?

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  7. nancy said on January 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Actually, it put you in the spam file, Alex. Just de-spammed you, and now you look like a guy who repeats himself.

    I hadn’t considered that particular situation. But I guess it could bring me lots of traffic…

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  8. Kirk said on January 29, 2007 at 7:23 pm

    the only ads i see are both religiously oriented. boy, are they barking up the wrong tree (with me, that is)

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  9. alex said on January 29, 2007 at 8:19 pm

    Funny, from home I don’t usually get blocked for mentioning porn or boobs.

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  10. Connie said on January 30, 2007 at 9:58 am

    The ad’s content matching doesn’t always work out quite right. I remember once Lance had a rant about fundamentalist right wing Christians and for days afterward his ads were links to fundamental Christian web pages.

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