Gmail was Re: Internet cautions was Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy

Subject: Gmail was Re: Internet cautions was Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy
From: Laura Lemay <llemay -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 13:22:55 -0700


I'll come back to the posting delicate information in a public forum
issue, but I wanted to pick a nit here seperately first:

On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 12:24:42 -0700, Ned Bedinger <doc -at- edwordsmith -dot- com> wrote:
> Google apparently is
> doing something like this with google email accounts--their
> marketing side is reading the email, and matching the words to
> keywords for products. Don't be surprised if you send an email
> about a copy editing boo-boo and get an instant spam
> advertisement offering the complete Yogi Bear cartoon collection
> on DVD. Harmless?

This is not at all what Google is doing with Gmail. No one is reading
your email. They are using the exact same technology (adwords) they
use to put targeted ads on web sites to put ads in the email. Its a
program, not a person. The ads are really unobtrusive and not a big
deal -- they're certainly not the HUGE FLASHING BANNERS that hotmail
and yahoo have with thier free email services. They never send you
any spam.

If ad-supported free email services offend you in general, OK then.
Don't sign up.

Obvious disclaimer: I'm posting this from a gmail address.

Laura

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References:
TECHWR-L ADD Therapy: From: Andrew Plato
Internet cautions was Re: TECHWR-L ADD Therapy: From: Ned Bedinger

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