I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this at first.
I was looking through my Random Unsung account today and kept refreshing the page to see whether money was selling on the LindEx, and I saw these ads for gold.
I thought at first that there was some glitch in my Firefox browser, that this was somehow shining through from somewhere else...how could it be on my Second Life page?!
And how could it be related to Second Life? I'm not a gold bug and never buy gold and never do anything with gold.
I kept refreshing the page, and even relogged, it was still there, on this account, but nothing was there when I logged out and went over to Prokofy.
Did anyone else see this?
Then I wondered whether this was just a cheesy ad being pitched to me inside my SL account, the way Google and Yahoo pitch ads inside your email -- the Yahoo ads seem vaguely tagged to your demographic but are mainly those car insurance and belly fat ads, the lowest.
The Google ads seem more attached to what you're actually writing in the email -- and that's so creepy that there's a campaign against it now from Scroogle. BTW, does Microsoft fund Scroogle? Or what *is* it exactly? It seems to have been driven offline as a site, but I see ads for this anti-gmail campaign everywhere.
BTW JOIN ME JUNE 3RD FOR A DAY WITHOUT GOOGLE!
In any event, I thought to myself that among the many ways the Lab might be thinking of gaining revenue these days is by pitching ads inside the account. It's a little creepy, as I had long gotten used to the idea that "I am alone" when looking at that page and my accounts and land groups and such, but of course "we are never alone" online.
I see a lot more SL ads in general these days -- I'm reading the New York Times, I get pitched an ad for LL's Patterns; I'm reading some blog somewhere, I see the SL ad with couples; it's all over. They are marketing much more than they used to.
If pitching cheesy ads into each user's individual page helps them pay their bills and stay in business, great. Naturally, I'd like something more interesting than gold ads, but whatever...