«If it’s free, it’s for me!» … that used to be my motto. Now I’m not so sure anymore. I fully appreciate all these ‘free’ services live mainly off commercial ads, but surely there must be ways of making them less annoying?! I can live with little text ads, as in, for example, Gmail. I couldn’t live with the flashing, animated ads in Yahoo Mail, so I don’t use that service anymore.
There’s one service I «can’t live without», though, and there the ads are of the worst kind: the pop-up boxes [plural!] that cover the whole page, and you don’t know what is what until you’ve managed to shut them down. This is my Swedish-English dictionary site tyda.se. It’s excellent so I won’t stop using it, instead I’ve installed one of those ad-block extensions to my browser. I did check out another site for Swedish/English but it wasn’t as good, and it had exactly the same type of advertising.
So, is this what we have to do … install ad blocking apps?! Haven’t they missed their goal then?! Advertising is a complicated science, but I doubt I’m the only one who stop using services, due to ads, and someone invented the ad blocker! Aren’t ads supposed to draw people in, instead of pissing them off?! I have no answers … I only know my dictionary site is nice and clean now when I go there. When several boxes pop up on my screen, I get almost scared … thinking “What is this … have I got some trojan in my computer, or what?!”
This post was just about online ads … don’t even get me started about the TV ones.