Are you one of those people who goes ahead and presses "the big red flashing button" when you're explicitly told not to? I can't deny the fact that I have a little trouble restraining myself. So when I came across an article on Wired about Didier Stevens Google AdWords experiment, I knew I had to see if I'm the only curious cat out there. Stevens posted an ad on the net which read "Is your PC virus-free? Get it infected here!" and 409 people clicked on the ad. Luckily Stevens "Spamdexing R Us operation" was harmless and didn't corrupt any computers, but the fact that 409 people still clicked on the ad with its suggestive wording seems to be telling of just how savvy most web surfers are - or at least think they are. They tell us we're going to get infected and we know we're not. The worst part is Google, who usually trolls their ad content, let it go unnoticed. Do you think this was just tricky wording or people were clueless as to what they were clicking? Do you think you would click on the ad? Scary, especially since USA Today came out with this article.
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