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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Mon, Aug. 25th, 2008 07:00 pm
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I wish ads (including google ads) had a "rate this ad" feature where they could use a recommendations engine to aggregate opinions on ads and ultimately show me cooler ads (the ones that make it through adblocker anyway). Cuz some of them aren't bad and maybe .000001% might even get clickthrough, but some just look like SPAM and set off all sorts of negative feelings in me and I want to close my gmail window in disgust. In exchange for me saying I hate an ad, they don't show it to me again EVER. That seems fair. And I'm sure goohoodobesoft could use the data on what ads people DON'T hate creatively.

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agentsteel53
agentsteel53
Danger Moose
Tue, Aug. 26th, 2008 02:24 am (UTC)

I don't think I've purposely clicked on an ad since the first time I saw one.

remember in 1996 or so when people were worried about the commercialization of the web?


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, Aug. 26th, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)

The commercialization of the web was/is an interesting conundrum. Without it, there'd be a lot less internet and an entire generation of nerds would be out of work. But the whole notion of serving ads as its primary profit model makes me throw up in my mouth a little.

(I click ads in one specific condition: when I'm searching google/live for a product that I want to buy. In a surprising number of cases, the ads links DO have the product I want for cheaper, sometimes even from the vendor I was going to use anyway by means of some kooky coupon discount referral scheme. And Live has that cashback thing that's actually worth a scan even tho it's kinda a hasle.)


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factitiouslj
factitiouslj
Diane Heaton
Tue, Aug. 26th, 2008 06:47 am (UTC)

I'd like Google Ads and their ilk implement a feature where people who never click on ads and don't want to see them could opt out, so that the ad service won't waste time and impressions on them. (Ideally ads would be opt-in instead of opt-out, but who am I kidding?)

Advertisers still probably wouldn't go for this, since they do get some awareness benefit from showing ads even to people who will never click on them. And besides, the feature might also be used by people who hate ads but click on them anyway. (There must be some people like that.) Might as well stick with client-side ad removal.


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aaangyl
aaangyl
YES WE CAN HAS!
Tue, Aug. 26th, 2008 11:41 pm (UTC)

Well, I'm operating under the assumption that since Yahooglesoft collectively employ some of the best minds in the world for the purpose of serving me ads, simply asking to not get them might not go over so well. I just figured 'rate this ad' would make a fun game to play when the ads made me laugh or shut the page of stuff like gmail. This post was prompted by a string of REALLY BAD "featured" ads while I was reading my LJ comment mail in gmail. Usually the ads are really funny and sarcastic in gmail so it was upsetting. :(


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