In this post Robert Scoble wonders if Google is trying to recruit one of Microsoft’s researchers because there are Google Adwords on her name. Maybe, but what I think is more likely is that she’s well published in her field and they are ads targeted at other researchers who are likely to be doing searches for her work. I noticed this a long time ago because there’s a well known computer science researcher with my name at IBM and for a long time I’ve noticed that Google has adwords running on his name.
Hmmm, actually, now that I think about it, maybe their ads on “Rakesh Agrawal” are because of that great elevator algorithm I wrote in my operating system class in college that won me fame and adulation around the country! 🙂