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Doritos commercial for old guys only
popups, pop unders, video ads,

 6:47 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

It has been a while guys. But for those that have been around since the beginning I gotta tell you, it is like that Doritos commercial with the guy comes out of the cardboard time machine.
Remember back in the beginning pop up ads pop unders and ad saturation was considered taboo. The ads today are getting downright annoying. Videos that just start playing. Video's that won't stop playing. Rushing to find the mute button.
And my favorite the right clicks that pop up a full page ad.
I feel so old!
We used to kind of police ourselves and kindly tell each other in a nice way "Hey you are being obnoxious!"

Content used to be king. Does anybody really click on the annoying ads other than by accident?

Any oldtimers feel the same?

Just a little foo.



 7:14 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

I'm amazed that business owners are still happy to let their web people p**s people off....

My pet peeve, right now is F1.
I love F1, but, I hate waiting for 6 secs for a 3 sec flash 'vrooom'.
And did I mention the roll over ads?
Guess they're using a retired pron designer....LOL


 7:35 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Makes you wonder about the desperation level.


 10:31 pm on Jul 8, 2014 (gmt 0)

Ahhhh, back in the day...

What about Gmail's ads in context to your email subject? Back in the day, NO ONE would stand for that! Never will work! Horrible idea.

I, and others, had the technology to do contextual ads in 2000, even before Google was doing it. I couldn't sell it, I was finally convinced I was wrong. I learned to listen to me.

Desperation? Yeah, I see that. Still, Gmail is dependable and stays cutting-edge because it has a biz model that works.


 2:33 am on Jul 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

Well, some of us old timers have kept up with the times. We've installed very know ad blocker, flash killer, silencer, etc. we can either find, or write ourselves. For us the web is rather quiet and mundane... we like it that way. (FF users can install NoScript and see what I mean, or install BetterPrivacy to manged those hidden LSO cookies for the spooky ad behavior, etc.)

At present you can manage your web experience... and for those sites that don't offer all that much upon first land (because they want to irritate me with vids, sounds, pretty pics and way too much JS) I vote with my feet and beat it to another site less obnoxious... after all there are way too many websites on the web. That's one of the reasons we're here... trying to stand out in the crowd. (winkers)


 11:15 am on Jul 9, 2014 (gmt 0)

Hey, golocal, don't' make it a while until the next time. :)

tbear, I agree with the F1 flash intro. Bernie's old, very old, so he has forgotten it first time around. ;)

Right now, my favourite pet peeve is that stupid, stupid cookie acceptance. Where it's badly implemented, and especially on a mobile, you can't find the stupid cookie warning, and then can't use the site. grrrrr.


 5:07 am on Jul 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

or the ads that are ALL OVER THE SIDES ALLLLLLLL the way down the page.

You can clearly see at the top both sides are an ad, you scroll down...its nothing but blank black space.. click to scroll some more BAM AD! I leave those pages ASAP.


 6:06 am on Jul 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

I don't mind ads before the content of a video. If they're exceptionally clever I might even stay beyond the initial 5 seconds. But I get very, very riled when an advertisement pops up to obstruct part of a running video, and I have to scramble to find the teeny, weeny close box so I can see the ### movie without being inadvertently taken to the advertiser's page if my click is off by one pixel. Advertisers please note: The chances are precisely ZERO that I will be interested in a product or service promoted in this way.

Rushing to find the mute button.

The tab close box is closer and easier to find.

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