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Future implications for search engine advertising Of course, Microsoft Corporation has such a sterling reputation in internet community and world at large that it will undoubtedly be trusted implicitly with such a wealth of information on every user. And most people have absolutely no reason to care if their online activity were associated with their real identities, anyway.
True, it is widely believed that almost a quarter of all web page views and a comparable proportion of search engine searches involve naughtynaughty pictures. But surely that's work of a small army of trench-coat-wearing filth addicts who spend all day doing nothing but feed their habit, and on multiple computers simultaneously. Certainly not you, any of your family members, or that guy in shipping department who wears a WWJD T-shirt to work everyday and is always trying to convince anyone in earshot that dinosaurs and radioactive dating of their fossils are yet another figment of degenerate left-wing imagination.
So naturally, Microsoft has nothing to worry about. Privacy advocates, bloggers, message boards and chat rooms around internet won't be on fire with warnings not to use MSN search unless you want a permanent record of your doings attached to that Hotmail account you deleted but that may not have really been deleted. And no prosecutor will make headlines by trying to introduce a defendant's MSN online activity history as evidence into court.
And so it naturally follows that we can all forget about Overture and Google Adwords since there's a new kid on block who's so much cooler.
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If you're interested in reading further, one of most extensive discussions of MSN's new advertising program is marketing blog of Charlene Li at Forrester corporation. That blog is representative of rose-colored-glasses view held by big corporate marketing world. Microsoft's press release announcing new MSN advertising program is also worth reading if you're that into this.
Joel Walsh is the head writer at UpMarket, internet marketing services, online copywriting services, & website content provider focusing on small and medium-sized businesses and those who serve them.