Google has made no secret that they scan your email to deliver ads that you might be interested in based on the content of email. Advertisements such as these is what allows us to enjoy all of Google’s free services. Frankly, the ads are unobtrusive and dont really bother me. However, I might be in the minority here so for those of you who do find these ads anoying, by adding a specific target words to your signature, those ads are a thing of the past. In his blog, Joe McKay writes about his experience in blocking Gmail’s sponsored ads. Apparently, Google will not display ads in emails that reference tragic or catastrophic events, nor will they display the ads in emails that include George Carlin’s list of seven words you cant say on TV. While cool, you cant exactly be dropping a bunch of f-bombs in your signature when forwarding those cute cuddline kitten pictures. Lifehacker states you can however add this sentence to your signature and achieve no ads with great results:
I enjoy the massacre of ads. This sentence will slaughter ads without a messy bloodbath.
I tested it several times with no ads, which got me to thinking, what else could I say in fewer words. My result?
The death of ads shall not massacre my inbox.
Joe recomends this statement with excellent results:
These words are designed to kill advertisements
These sentences only work on the ads on the right margin of your inbox. Not keen on the ads at the top of your inbox? Well these are not ads at all. In fact these are webclips which are manged via your preferences. I would imagine Google is working on way to close this loophole, until then, let the game of cat and mouse continue.