Gmail Fun

by on March 5, 2006

Gene Weingarten, in a column in today’s Washington Post magazine, has some fun with gmail. Google’s e-mail service, as all loyal TLF readers no doubt know, “reads” the text of messages to provide supposedly relevant advertising to the recipient. Weingarten finds this sometimes just doesn’t work the way it’s intented. Example: he says a colleague e-mailed him for his thoughts on the historical accuracy of Jesus. The message arrived with an solicitation to “Become Legally Ordained Today.” So Weingarten decides to have some fun with Google, writing some faux emails to himself with, well, interesting results. Worth reading, especially on a Sunday when you shouldn’t be doing any heavy policy wonk reading anyway.

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