I was looking over my Twitter feed today when I saw a post from one of my favorite Tweeters, @foodphotoblog. The tweet was simple: “Tequila Lime Marinated Chicken Over Cous Cous” followed by a shortened link to the blog post, which features a tasty looking picture of said dish.
After admiring the photo for a few seconds my eyes naturally gravitated downward to the Google ads placed immediately below the photo. I was expecting to see something about food, recipes, or maybe even more specifically tequila, chicken or couscous, which may or may not have intrigued me enough to click on them, but instead I saw this:
That’s right, wrinkle creams and colon cleansers. Now I’m guessing there are some digestive benefits from eating cous cous, but this was probably not the reason it showed up. It definitely made me think twice about how appetizing the food looked (who am I kidding, it still looks delicious!).
As expected, when I clicked on the ad it took me to a site selling colon cleansing pills instead of a page about the health benefits of couscous or, better yet, tequila. But I’m not too worried, I’m sure Google will figure out this Internet thing sooner or later.