Well, I believe so. The email sent from email@example.com with the subject "You're Invited to the AdSense Online Advisory Council" reads very similar to the one I personally received from Google back in February 2006. My email was from the same email address but had the subject line "AdSense Beta Council Invitation." The new, non-beta, advisory council's email reads:
Congratulations on your success with the AdSense program. Given your extensive experience with AdSense, I’m happy to invite you to join AdSense’s Online Advisory Council, a select group of publishers who offer input on new AdSense products and features. Our development team relies on the Online Advisory Council to help us refine our new services and features. As a member of the Council, you will have the opportunity to:
- Contribute to a community of other respected publishers in the council
- Test new features and products before they are released to the general public
- Provide direct feedback to the AdSense team on how we can better serve our publishers
We hope that you’re excited about the opportunity to help shape the AdSense product offering for Google’s extensive publisher network. Upon receiving confirmation of your acceptance, you will receive an e-mail with further instructions on using the AdSense Online Advisory Council forum. If you’d like to participate please reply to this email with the following text:
“I agree. I understand that information provided to me as part of the Online Advisory Council is Google Confidential Information under the applicable Google AdSense terms and conditions.”
Please note that by sending such a reply you are guaranteeing Google that you have legal authority to accept these terms.
The Google AdSense Team
Has anyone else seen or heard of this group before?
Anyone else get this invite?
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