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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Why I Love Gmail Sponsor Links

love is a many-sponsored thing
You're familiar with Blogger's email-on-comment feature, yes? When someone leaves a comment, I get a copy in my gmail account. If you use gmail you're also familiar with Sponsored Links (SLs): sidebar ads related to something within each open email. Okay. So Demosthenes left a couple comments on the Syar's Story post. Here's two of the SLs gmail thought I needed to see based on Demosthenes' first comment:
Not the Momma snippet! (Click to see full post)

  • Is He In Love With You? If you're asking that question, here's what you need to know: www.lovetactics.com
  • On the edge of a breakup? How to decide whether to stay or whether to leave. www.loveisnotagame.com
Let's be clear on this. For the first one: I do not know, but I am not asking, therefore I neither need nor want to know. For the second, sorry - no. Read his first comment (14th of the "Story" post) and see if you can guess why these links surfaced.

His second comment triggered multiple SLs for "HairMax Laser Comb," which "Thickens hair at home" and boasts(?!) a "90% User Satisfaction." This raises several questions.
  • Is HairMax Laser Comb truly the best SL for the word "max?"
  • What happens to LaserComb-thickened hair away from home?
  • 90%?!
The real joke: I keep my hair stubble-short.

If only all SLs were this amusingly bizarre. Then again...what kind of SLs do you see?

7 Emissions:

Blogger Cate emitted...

I usually don't pay much attention to the little ads on my gmail, but here's an interesting (by which I mean downright strange) one:

ProudBody Belly Cast Kit - Our complete kit is so easy to do. Just $35 with free, fast shipping. www.proudbody.com

8/22/2005 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

Definitely "interesting." Any ideas on what keyword(s) triggered it?

8/22/2005 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger Cate emitted...

'Twas an extremely innocuous comment from Tayster - something about being on the phone with Samantha Fox. I just looked at it again and now SL is something about a breastfeeding bra. I'm at a loss as to what would have triggered that.

8/22/2005 02:00:00 PM  
Blogger jedith emitted...

Thankyou for telling me about statcounter.com. It will be great to know how many hits I have!

8/22/2005 03:32:00 PM  
Blogger Glo emitted...

Hmm. A little disappointed that you don't want to know how Dem feels. I live on tenterhooks for the unrolling of the story....or maybe those are literal tenterhooks on my chair. Would explain a lot....

8/22/2005 04:40:00 PM  
Blogger Radioactive Jam emitted...

Glo, one word: denial.
But now that you mention it, what exactly is a 'tenterhook' anyway?

8/22/2005 07:01:00 PM  
Blogger ScroobiousScrivener emitted...

I love those Gmail ads. I usually don't even notice them, but when I do, oh it's gold, I tell you, gold.

Well, more likely it's pizza. Which is fair. I usually do want a pizza.

Actually I'm checking a few right now. Apparently you can buy a power nap! Who knew sleep was for sale? Oh dear... odour removal. Gourmet cheese straws (surely an oxymoron?). And pet products.

Put all these together, and my supposed interests do not make a pretty picture.

8/23/2005 06:09:00 AM  

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