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Also, please don't be tricked by anything on their site that says "enter your email!" I have been flooded by countless emails by there endless aliases, firstname.lastname@example.org ...@opt2.com i think it goes up to opt25.com with about 1 hundred advertisers to each opt. I believe I have blocked about 140 or so senders..
Over the past month, a little-known Internet search engine called GoHip.com has become a hot topic in several newsgroups, discussion boards, and media accounts. But it's not because it went public, got sold, or gave away free prizes. Rather, GoHip has come under fire for distributing an ActiveX control download that automatically modifies several components on a user's PC -- including one that adds a tenacious GoHip signature to every piece of outgoing email.wired [wired.com]
BTW, Nettaxi backed out the deal to acquire them in December. I'd say that was a good move.
Every time I'm disappointed by some wingding that doesn't have a Mac compatible version, I hear about something like this and think, "I'm not so 'deprived' after all."
God, I couldn't imagine doing something like that to my viewers..
As for raping your visitors, tonight I ran across a new technique while scouting for affiliate merchants. When I entered the merchant site it spawned a pop-up and -for lack of a better term- a task bar resident. I killed the pop-up, but couldn't easily make the task bar resident open into the active window. I figured it was some sort of time bomb. Sure enough, in about a minute it tossed out another pop-up. I had to right-click to kill the task bar resident, there was absolutely no way I could find to get it to open.
Oh, I decided against putting that merchant's code on my site.
Then about a year ago they got a lot of heat when they installed something similar to what they have now. It was a script that made Gohip your start page just by visiting the site.
That script was taken away after a lot of bad press.
Then they pulled out many of the leading SEs and their search was not that good anymore.
And now they are back doing the same stupid stunt from last year. I think it is a real shame that they did not capitalize on the good search they once provided, instead of cheating visitors to give them page views.