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A few of the emails I send are work-related (Google ads about HPLC? Cloning tools? Apoptosis? Gimme a break), and the rest is idle chit chat (Google ads on "when and where we're going to meet next", jokes).
How many emails do I send that are related to my hobbies or potential purchases? Practically none! GMail will never guess, and be way-off-the-mark 99% of the time.
Why couldn't GMail ask, upon signup, what my interests are, and be transparent as usual as to their intentions of giving me relevant advertising? Not just a few vague boxes or broad categories to click. Let me key in some serious keywords, and give me plenty of flexibility. Let me add as few or as many as I want.
I know what topics might incite some productive clicking on my part. Topics that continue to interest me and for which I have made online purchases in the past. Give me birdwatching, gardening, orchids, stained glass, hummingbirds, bats, Southwest travel, etc
I'd actually be interested, and welcome it rather than view it as an intrusion.
That sure would be a step up over hotmail's popups for online matchmakers.
This way you use Gmail to tell Google what you want to receiving. Don’t use it for mail.
Not quit the way Google indented it to work, but you cant get it all, ;-))
Hm ... this made me thinking. Has it already been mentioned how google tracks the clicks on gmail ads? I guess, they would be able to know WHO actually clicked on an ad ... not what ip or what user agent but WHO personally. Would this be something new or something other personalized services already do?
Well, this sounds a bit pathetic, don't you think!?
Everybody would know about my whole life if i'd tell em about my whole life.
But would Google actually track the account for each click? Will there be an id or something in the AdSenseForGMail links that identifies the clicker?