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Automated Ad Stupidity
Today's a big day for spotting bad choices in user interface. I was looking at this AP story about the Teamsters and Service Employees International Union both pulling out of the AFL-CIO to form a new alliance. It's a pretty major story and it shows how much strain there is on the labor movement in the US. Well, at the bottom of the page, there's a contextual ad box pushing these two items:

  • AFL Online: In-depth Company Info - Go to Hoover's Online for in-depth, first-hand, company coverage provided by business experts. Get an overview, key executive bios, financials, news, industry trends, and competitor info.
  • Trading AFL? Click for Recommendations - Find near term, mid term, and long term analysis for AFL (stock symbol). Stock Traders Daily helps you determine when and what to trade. Join us for a free trial now to see for yourself.

Somehow, I don't think that the stock ticker symbol AFL (also known as duck-based insurer AFLAC) is what they're talking about here.

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Along those lines, I have become completely disenchanted with Google's suggested spellings. You know, when you type so-and-so in your keywords and above the search results it says, Did you mean such-and-such? Initially I thought, Cool!, but about one in three times with me it suggests a term, I look to see what's there (because it's fun to surf), and there's Nothing There!

Grrr, Aargh

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