Sunday, March 16, 2014

Identifying mystery photos in online ads

A lot of small online ads use attention-grabbing photos to get you to click on them. Sometimes they’re of attractive women, usually with big breasts. Other times they show something odd or captivating.
Earlier this year, I tracked down the source of some photos used in Facebook ads and elsewhere. (See “Sourcing photos: Sexy women edition” and “Facebook experience cheapened by trashy ads.”)
It was a fun process, so I’ll continue the series today with a selection of ads from Forbes.com.


One ad titled “New Rule in Great Falls, Va.” showed a police officer leaning against his squad car with a woman standing in the foreground.

But the photo has nothing to do with Great Falls, Va., the area where I live. The text was generated automatically using my computer’s location.
The photo was taken by Orlando Sentinel photographer Hilda M. Perez in Daytona Beach, Fla. It was used with a July 27, 2006, article titled “Prostitution crackdown.”
Unlike Daytona Beach, Fla., Great Falls, Va., doesn’t have a problem with street hookers.


Another ad says “Great Falls Arrest Records Now Online.” It features a photo, presumably a mug shot, of an attractive mixed race woman.
The picture turns out to be a mug shot of a 19-year-old woman named Gabrielle arrested on a drug offense. Her photo was included in an online slideshow on GuySpeed titled “Bad Girls With Smoking Hot Mug Shots.”
The article doesn’t say where Gabrielle was arrested, but I doubt it was Great Falls.

Lastly, there’s a photo of U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama giving the stink eye to Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was used for a political ad titled “CAUGHT: The End of Obama.”
The unflattering photo of Ms. Obama was taken in France on June 6, 2009, by David Silpa for UPI, according to America Times.

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