Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Algorithm, Doctorow, Fungus

"The Algorithm" made two assumptions about me, one very flattering and one not.

First, Facebook believes that I may "know" author and internet hero Cory Doctorow.

Perhaps Mr. Doctorow actually knows some people I "know" on Facebook (but don't actually know). That's possible. Or maybe it's just flattering me.

Meanwhile, Google's GMail algorithm thinks I have toenail fungus.

I can usually figure out why Google is serving me up an ad. Read an email from Abebooks and it serves up flights to Victoria, Canada, where they have their headquarters.

But I don't know what confluence of keywords suggested this. Was it my wife telling me about Liam's swim class? We all know pool dressing rooms are fungal paradises. Anyway, it has me worried. Google has some powerful technology. Maybe I have do have toenail fungus!

Oh, and check out the end of the ad, "Written by a well known auther." Ouch.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, if they meant author, it's probably by Doctorow. See, there's the connection. :p

4/26/2008 5:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Authers cure fungs. Well known fact.

4/26/2008 5:40 AM  
Blogger Liam Hegarty said...

My name is Liam and I had athlete's foot a few years ago. Maybe they knew I was going to read your blog?

4/26/2008 9:16 AM  
Blogger Tim said...

You had athlete's foot, I had athlete's foot—let's be friends on Facebook!

4/26/2008 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Tylman79 said...

Mmmm... Maybe it's a toenail fungus cure tract written by Bradbury? or Mark Twain? or Dostoyevski? That would be fun, a contest of fungus cure texts written in the style of famous authers :P

4/26/2008 2:07 PM  
Blogger Andris said...

That's an RSS feed at the top, not an ad - I think. Ads are at the right.

4/28/2008 9:41 AM  

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