Is Gmail Creepy, Illegal, Or Does It Really Not Matter?
from the and-will-anyone-care? dept
Well, it was not at all difficult to predict that Google would eventually launch an email product. Plenty of people knew that. However, we also predicted the fact that folks would freak out over the privacy issues of sticking Google ads in email. It certainly didn't take long. You don't have to look very hard to find stories with all sorts of scary quotes about how Google's decision to place ads in their email product is potentially illegal or just plain creepy. The thing is, I doubt it's going to make an ounce of difference to the average user. Most of them will say they really don't care if Google's contextualization bots pick out keywords from their incoming email for the sake of advertising. However, what should be fun is hearing all the stories of very poorly placed ads. Back when Google first launched their contextualized advertising for content pages, a story spread about how some newspaper that was running a story about a stabbing murder case was showing "contextualized" ads trying to sell you on a set of knives. It's a bit amusing when it's in a news story - but people might get a bit more offended when something like that shows up in their personal email. Still, I would bet that the concerns are far outweighed by the convenience and the "I really don't care" attitude most people have. On a separate note, it appears that (at least at this moment) the second result if you do a Google search on google email points to Techdirt. Isn't it great that it points to use before it points to the actual Gmail product? And, yes, we're getting a lot of random traffic from that search.