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Smart adds are sometimes dumb

  1. Feb 26, 2007 #1


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    You know those smart ads on some websites, where you search on a key word, go to the page, and the advertisements are somehow related to the keyword.

    I was searching for some articles on the ESA's Rosetta spacecraft which is flying by Mars to get a gravity assist on its way to Comet Churyumov Gerasimenko.

    I went to an article on CNN, and I found the following ads on the sidebar of the page:

    mars lodging
    Know before you go. Read reviews from real travelers.

    Homes In Mars
    Find Homes In Mars on Trulia. Browse property listings, photos, and interactive...

    residence champs de mars
    Find deals, read reviews from real people. Get the truth. Then go.

    Mars Motel Six

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  3. Feb 26, 2007 #2
    they're just ahead of their time =P
  4. Feb 26, 2007 #3


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    I don't see the problem. If you're going to fly to Mars, unless you know someone, you'll need a hotel....

    This one looks pretty good: http://www.hotelmars.net/home.htm [Broken]

    If you're on a budget, you can try this one: http://www.nextag.com/SUPER-8-MOTEL-MARS-62190814/prices-html?nxtg=64820a24051e-166AB1B9B353D3AB [Broken]

    And after your conference, the night life is pretty good: http://www.marsbarsf.com/

    By the way, ever been to California...? http://www.google.com/maps?q=California,+PA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title
    ...Lebanon...? http://www.google.com/maps?q=Lebanon,+PA&sa=X&oi=map&ct=title
    Yeah, we got it all in PA.

    Oh....and "adds"?
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  5. Feb 26, 2007 #4


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    Google has tons of those key word ads. Whatever object you search for you can end up with a sidebar full of sellers. I have a nephew who made a lot of money during his college years using google ad words. I think he was selling cover letters.

    They charge the advertiser everytime someone clicks on the sidebar ad. Now all kinds of web sites are using them.

    A company called Bizrate has a side bar ad for just about every object imaginable. Shopping Yahoo does the same thing.

    I just googled 'horses" Yahoo Shopping has them.:rofl:

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    My favorite was that somehow I got an ad come up for bull balls trailer hitch ornaments (which I recently read some lawmaker with too much time on his hands is trying to outlaw). I actually had to click on that one...it was too tempting to ignore. I had issues with their placement...they didn't seem hung quite right. :biggrin:
  7. Feb 26, 2007 #6

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    I wonder what the ads were when we discussed electro-ejaculators for rhinos.
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    That's the downside to not seeing the ads. Sometimes they're pretty amusing. Maybe I should sign out and see what shows up now. :biggrin:

    Edit: Aww, shucks, nothing fun.
  9. Mar 3, 2007 #8
    Bold and italics in Moonbear's quote mine.

    Is that what those are. There's a truck that parks behind a building across the back alley from my place, and I saw those things hanging from his trailer hitch with some asinine wording over top of it (them?). I thought the truck owner in question had them custom-made as I haven't seen anyone else with sufficient weirdness genes to sport them on the back of their trucks. But, there they are in all of their mass-produced glory.

    A little research has led me to their official names of either Truck Nuts or Bumper Nuts.

    http://www.bumpernuts.com/best%20balls.htm" [Broken]

    Sorry if I wandered too far off topic.

    Good heavens. I wonder what sort of ads this post will generate. (Edited to add: nope, the ads here remain pretty faithful to the words "homework" and "physics".)
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  10. Mar 3, 2007 #9
    My computer was recently infected with "Seekmo", a spyware program reminiscent of Gator (Weatherbug scandal). It opens the pop ups in a seperate window, the content of which is based on your current surfing.

    So I went to google to find out which areas of my registry were effected by this thing, and imediately two windows popped up: One for a professional registry cleaner, and one for Anti-SpyWare programs!!
  11. Mar 3, 2007 #10


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    No ads for Rekall, Inc? :biggrin:
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