I was wondering if people could help me do a quick test. Each day, I read a political blog called The Moderate Voice. I happened to notice today that there was a Google ad there for KoreanCupid.com, an "international Korean dating site".
I'm wondering if that ad is targeted to me or if it's just a general ad. The only reason I use gmail is to chat each week with my partner in Seoul for our research project. I've always known that the ads I get while using gmail are based upon our emails. They are mostly about Korea and learning English. But, is Google using that same info to present ads to me when I'm on other sites as well?! That bugs me. So, first, does anyone know if Google ads are that smart, and second, would you mind clicking on to The Moderate Voice and telling me if you two are offered a nice picture on the right hand site about Korean Cupid?
UPDATE: It looks like you have to click to read the comments, and then Korean Cupid appears for me right in the middle after the post's main text. Here's a link to a discussion of the New Deal.
The Moderate Voice