Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Adblock degrades Internet

Many of us use Adblock software to filter out the text ads and other types of advertisments that are presented in websites along with the content we are looking for.
But, do we understand that we are risking the probability that we may never see that site again!
Think again friends.

Many websites use advertisements and advertisements are the only source of their income.Such sites present free and useful content to everyone at the cost of the advertisements. But, by using software such as "Adblock", we cut off the primary income source of such websites.
We wont have much trouble in allocating a few more bytes of bandwidth in order to fetch adverts.
By using "Adblock", we are discriminating ad-sponsored websites from providing free service.
I can write more on this, but i hope you understood what i have to say.

Make a difference, turn off "Adblock".
I will be happy if atleast one of you turn off "adblock", please let me know...

2 comments:

  1. Adblock is a backlash from users who feel that advertisements have taken over their Internet experience. From pop-ups, pop-unders, flash ads, floating javascript ads, flashing banner ads that would give a normal person a seizure, and so on.

    Much like you do not allow Anonymous comments so that you may filter out junk postings and spam, the rest of us choose not to allow random ads without our consent.

    It's the users way of saying that they've had enough.

    I would guess that a majority of people subscribe to at least one website (be it news, humor, porn, or whatever) to not only support them, but also to get their enhanced, ad-free content.

    There is also the matter of pornographic advertising. Many parents do not want their children to see an unintended pop-up porn ad, and the only way to be sure of this is by using ad blocking software (unless, of course, their child *went* to a porn site -- then, pretty much all bets are off).

    While you raise an interesting point, the Internet is a balancing act of supply and demand. However, it is unique in that demand dictates supply.

    Many people don't want to risk malicious javascript, cookies, and the like.

    Once ads sit back down and just simply become "ads" (not ones I have to close in order to read the site I came to read), I may think about removing ad blocking software.

    Until then, I will enjoy my ad-free Internet.

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  2. The alternative, for firefox users, is just to 'hide' the ads for sites you like, instead of simply not loading them.

    That way it looks to the server like you're viewing them, but in your browser, it's clean as a whistle.

    Personally, I drop a few bucks to some of my favorite sites, and I surf with adblock on.

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