Just recently I saw these two ad spots on Google.
I’m looking for directions to a coffee shop on Google Maps. Do I want to sign up for University of Phoenix? Really?
I saw a different ad before (non-google).. but this is an ad on a logout page.
Google generally has the highest standards in the industry for ad guidelines. Yet, both of these feel very ungoogly. I wouldn’t be surprised to see ads like this on Yahoo or AOL.
I think they are sliding. In fact, Paul Bucheit was the one who coined the “Don’t be evil” at Google and he hasn’t been there for many years. (I think he is part of Y-Combinator now.)