I suspect our friends at Google have updated the algorithm that decides what ads I should be shown on the internet.
Previously, I was bombarded with tricks for white teeth and flat stomachs. But in the last month, they have disappeared. Now I see the same google-hosted ads for flights to Australia and expensive bicycles, on numerous websites. Which, surprise, surprise, is something I have been looking at online.
But here is the interesting thing, I have not googled “flights to Australia” or “expensive bicycles”. I have been browsing the Air NZ and Qantas websites recently, but I go to those sites directly, not via google. Similarly, I do not google “expensive bikes”, rather I have sites like cyclingnews.com bookmarked on my browser.
I am sure there is some high-tech trickery going on here that is beyond my intellect. I don’t mind though, these websites that I visit need to make an income and I sure as hell was not clicking through to the ‘teeth whitening’ sites.
But, the question begs to be asked, why do I also see occasional ads for Russian mail-order brides? Mrs TFC uses this computer sometimes too. Is there something she is not telling me?