Great Deals On Sewage Courtesy of Google and EBay

“Automated Ads Serve Up Nonsense” from today’s Wall Street Journal.  If you type SEWAGE into Google, an EBay keyword ad will offer you ‘great deals on sewage.”  That power-seller of sewage pumps is going to get a lot of click-throughs today so he’ll probably remove the ad before you read this.  I’m not quite sure this proves much about contextual advertising.  A better oddity occurred when a news site ran a story about a body found in a suitcase and Google served up ad for luggage.  Hat tip Kevin.

Update: Boing Boing found missing weapons of mass destruction on eBay.

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