I saw a story from Softpedia about Microsoft and Google and thought it would be worth taking a look at. I started to read the story and moved my house and wallop! Up comes a big advert, which I then have to either click to remove or move my mouse away and wait a few seconds before it disappears. A few seconds later I inadvertently did it again - same thing happened. This page is literally festooned with mouseover adverts; there are 15 of these, 9 small Google adverts and 1 large Google advert. What's worse is that the mouseover adverts have very little, if any relevance to the story I'm reading - they are there simply to try and make money for these idiots and to irritate me.
So, here's the rant. A webpage should be there to be read. That's what it's for - you have information and you want to make it available to other people. Only not according to the idiots at Softpedia. Oh no.. they're not interested in the story, other than as an opportunity to puke adverts all over your screen. Once you start to think about it, this is where it gets really stupid, because once you realise that, you start to wonder just how they have twisted and written their story to ram in as many adverts as they can. So the news becomes less about the actual news, and more about them. As a user it means that I have to try and skip through a minefield without blowing up the bombs and spraying advertising over everything. I can't trust these people to provide good quality news, and I can't even read what they are saying, so what IS the point of going there in the first place? There comes a point when it becomes so blatant that a company is that desperate for money that it's embarrassing, and that's what's happened here. Of course, it's going to backfire because they're not going to make any out of me, because I'm not going back to their tatty marketstall again. (Rant over)
Seriously though - how stupid is that? Yes, I sometimes have the Snap mouseover operating on some of my pages, but only where I actually think it's useful for a reader, and it's not as intrusive as the rubbish being thrown out here. Don't these people ever *think* about the effect of what they're doing on their readers - the one group they can't afford to annoy? (OK, rant really over this time).