Inside the Googlemind

A little while back, I signed up for Google’s AdSense program, which puts ads down the right-hand side of this page. The idea was not to make money (just as well — to date I’ve earned a grand total of about $10) but to see what inferences Google servers would draw from the Blog content. The results are sometimes puzzling and sometimes hilarious. For example, I’ve just posted something about Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of community sites for twentysomethings and the first ad is now for “Free Sex Dating Contacts”! The second ad is for an Internet Security Guide. The third and fourth are for search-engine services (presumeably triggered by several posts about Google). Whenever I write about Iraq, there tends to be an ad for something about the CIA. Weird.