recently i moved my main email account from hotmail to gmail. firstly let me say i LOVE gmail. it’s intuitive, searchable and instantly updates while you watch. also, because you can set it up so it logs emails as ‘conversations’ it is a real halfway house between email and IM.
anyway, in the header gmail has little, unobtrusive text ads which are picked by crawling your emails for relevant content. sofar today mine has said:
Dr Who Dalek T-shirt – buycoolshirts.com
Wired News: Top Stories
Making Sense of AJAX – http://www.backbase.com
Password – PCbeginner.com – 100% Find Any Password, Access Any Computer Now!
it’s a worry really…
you can buy the knickers at Think Geek