Doc Searls on personalization in advertising:
The first problem is that personal advertising is kind of an oxymoron. Advertising has always been something you do for populations, not individuals, even if ads show up in searches by individuals, and advertisers are looking for individual responses.
From the individuals side, advertising shouldnt be any more personal than a floor tile. You dont want the floor tile in a public bathroom to speak into your pants.
In fact, weve never liked personalized advertising of the old conventional sort, such as direct mail. We see our name on the envelope and then toss it anyway, most of the time.
Sounds good, but anybody got a counter argument?