Monday, March 28, 2011

On why sometimes you have to hate Google

See, most people do not know the answer to the question: what does Google make money on? Google has gazillion services (I am using many, many of them - GMail, GCal, GTalk, Picasa, Blogger, etc, etc, etc), but these services do not bring revenue. What Google makes money on is... ads.

I hate ads. One of the reason I do not watch TV and do not listen to radio is those annoying ads. Now, the dudes at Google are pros, they know their stuff. And one of the inventions straight from Pandora's Box is targeted ads. I have heard about it for quite a while but it is only now that I see it in practice... Yes, it has reached me here - in equatorial Africa...

I like canoeing. Back home (in Europe) practically every year since I joined University I would go for at least a week of canoeing... And I have been thinking of buying a canoe for last 5 years. And one of those days (like a month ago) sitting at the computer in the middle of the night I made a mistake of asking my dear friend Google about canoe producers and prices. Admittedly I got the answer I was looking for. But...

The motherfucker remembers I asked him about kayaks and canoes. And now Google tries to target at me the ads of kayaks, canoes, etc. So every page, every service which has advertising contract with Google pushes these canoe ads to my screen. Many different US canoe producers, UK kayak producers, Scandinavian sea kayak producers, various distributors, sport and camping stores, practically every Internet page I visit now has some kayaks or canoes to offer. Enough! I am sick of kayak and canoe ads. Enough! Please do not make me hate canoeing, for if it goes like this I will. Damn, it's like in the old joke - I am afraid to open tuna can...

BTW - I want this one ;-)

Dear Google - please gimme a break. Please advertise something else... like fake Rolexes, penis enlargement services, wonderbra, baby powder, Viagra, Russian wife candidates, Nigerian banks, real estate in Buenos Aires... Please, advertise anything but kayaks...

3 comments:

yacoob said...

You mean, you don't use adblock?

But if you want to keep it this way, this should be useful to you:
http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/

November said...

You also can't sleep?
;-)
Thanks, I'll see if it helps.

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