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As if pop up/unders were not annoying enough already, here comes the next big thing. Gonna be time to permanently switch to Opera soon........
How far can media properties push the end user till they "kick back" and move on to more user friendly sites?
>"There's an enormous segment of the population that are appreciating these ads."
lol yeh - all of us, right forum? ;)
This has certainly crossed a line.
Web savvy surfers know whats happening to them - so there in a position to stop it.
But those that are new to the web are more easily confused. They could quite easily be lured into thinking that www.mycrappywidgetstore.com is part of the new york times.
It really is on par with aggressive sales techniques that are used offline, that went down the drain a long time ago and are only used by companies that dont have what it takes to offer a quality service.
At some point governments will have to step in to regulate the industry. Hijacking surfers should be illegal. A simple mouseover is going a bit to far, why not make changes to the registry, reset the homepage, put links in Favorites and just call it "effective". Of course everyone knows that no one will accidently mouseover that ad to get to the X in the URH corner.
Someone needs to kick some people alright...
[edited by: littleman at 2:59 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2002]
[edit reason] Just a little CYA, Digitalgost. Silly lawyers... [/edit]
Creatively, their ads are really clever - they make you *want* to mouse-over them.
But once I discovered that they pop open a new window and send you to their site, I vowed never to use their service.
Fortunately, there are enough other cheap airfare sites out there that I can boycott them and not take a beating on the product.
There are some big companies out there that actually do care about the negative experience this type of thing causes the end user. From my experience they tend to be the more grounded ones, they actually use the Internet sometimes. They stay away from it.
The ones that have cash to burn and just look at the bottom line financial and "kick through" (what a term?) numbers will buy these things all day long. Kinda like dumping your trash in someone elses neighborhood.
Maybe Google will figure out a way to knock sites that run these things out of the index.
[edited by: skibum at 2:24 am (utc) on Dec. 21, 2002]
$0.50, red and white flashing popups, on a content site where there is no other revenue stream.
"sorry we can't remove the pop ups, they are the only way we can keep the site free to the public"
somehow most reputable 3rd party ad services know this, you can get your serving of 1000 red and white flashing banners for $0.15 for a whole thousand of them.
>>From the article
"We try to minimise the annoyance for them"...within a 24 hour period.
Everyone knows they are annoying, maybe they are OK if they make the webmaster some cash to keep the site live (im talking non-commercial here), but nonetheless, everyone knows they are annoying :)
Is that really possible or was I dreaming?
I have kazaa-proofed my computer using AdAware.
this latest tehnique can really becoem annoying..soo nwe will ahev to "fear" where to move our mouse!
now what aboutthis pop up: when i was watching some (khm,khm) movie (i dont know if it was divx or mpeg or asf) some iexplorer window just poped up out of nowhere. like it was triggered IN movie at certain time..