Google = God?

November 5, 2009 at 9:44 am (Life, Uncategorized)

Now this is really really eerie stuff. Today I came to office wearing my “Holland” T-shirt. I normally never wear this shirt to office.

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I fired up my Gmail in the browser, and see a “Study in Holland” Google ad!

A few minutes later, I received a call from this organisation. They were calling a friend of mine, but had my number against his name. I gave them the correct number. A few minutes later, on Google ads, I see the name of the organisation!

What the *hell* is going on here?

EDIT:

Had a phone conversation with a friend about pirated Windows installations and how they are harmful. Within an hour I see Google ads of anti-piracy campaigns, stuff I have never seen before. I did some research and found this paper http://www.google.com/patents/US20040083101 where they detail how they achieve this.

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11 Comments

  1. phoxis said,

    Google is also indexing people’s mind..

  2. Rangeen Basu Roy Chowdhury said,

    That is eerie stuff..

  3. vigneshwar (@vigneshwar) said,

    do you use android phone?

    • debayan said,

      I have recently been using Android, but the first 2 instances happened when I had a non-Android phone.

  4. Joe SuperParanoid said,

    It’s called selective attention.

    • Ivan Savov said,

      Ok for one thing. Ok for another. But three coincidences in a row?

      A while back I was having a fight with an ex gf via gchat, and then while reviewing the chat session ads like “Fine the perfect match” were showing up in the sidebar.

      Any self-respecting tech person should be hosting their own mail server. Not giving “the system” the opportunity to spy on you is probably the best strategy. **ching ching ching cutlery on glasses sound** I now publicly vow to leave gmail by the end of the year, and become self-respecting as I was before 2004.

      • Joe SuperParanoid said,

        Similar scenario here. I have a love hate relationship with Google, but technically they are currently in possession of 100% of what I digitally consider valuable, and have now suddenly changed their data policies from $20 a year to $5 monthly for the amount of data that I use. Very sad. Yet they continue smudging my screen with ads.

        This might be helpful for you though.

        http://gmvault.org/

  5. sagar said,

    Were you on VOIP

    • debayan said,

      Nope. On my mobile phone.

  6. david blaine said,

    Kinda street magikk! 🙂

  7. satyaakam said,

    Does it not infringe there privacy *sic* statement , we need to do more trials and some research to nail them, also we should be getting ourselves freed from there clutches by moving on to Cynogen and leaving Gmail i suppose.

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