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New Ultra-Intrusive Pop-up Ads Introduced

timothy posted more than 11 years ago | from the get-your-day-pass dept.

The Internet 1068

CrashRide writes "According to this story at AdAge.com, Unicast is attempting to introduce a new on-line ad format that takes over the entire screen of the PC for about 15 seconds and must be closed by the viewer. "The ultra-intrusive new format opens when a user is on one page of a Web site and clicks a link to go to another page on the same site. Instead of seeing that new page, the user sees an ad that fills the entire screen.""

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pop up killlers (2)

poison_reverse (647609) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845923)

Can't pop up killers take this out?

Re:pop up killlers (4, Insightful)

mrjive (169376) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845961)

Mozilla [mozilla.org] is a good choice.

Seriously, this is nothing new...suddenly changing the size of the popup ad makes it innovative?

Re:pop up killlers (1)

fockewulf (74360) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845965)

I don't see any reason why not. It seems to me it's just another form of pop-up which takes up your entire screen instead of just the browser window.

Re:pop up killlers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5845967)

I need a browser with javascript disabled! Where can I get it?

Re:pop up killlers (1)

WetCat (558132) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846015)

Galeon can have per-page javascript and pop-up controls...
As far as I remember, Konqueror has that options too.

Opera rulez! (2, Informative)

Tirs (195467) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845989)

Watch me not care... I use Opera! I don't even remember what pop-ups are... and if I enter a page which does need to show a legitimate pop-up, I hit F12 and I am happy again!

Unicast should be Unicastrated (5, Interesting)

MrCaseyB (200218) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845925)

Anyone else worried about the quality of the net degrading? How long until peopel are so fed up that they just stop using it?

Ok So I'm not going to stop using the net, I will continue to do what I always have done. When a website resorts to these Ad tactics, I either a) give them money to stop as is the case with slashdot. ONLY if the content on the site is worth the price they are asking though b) use the handy features of phoenix to make the site usable, block ads from this server, nuke this image, dont allow pop ups or javascripts. or c) stop using the site all together.

I imagine these ads will piss off users and confuse the hell out of net illiterate types, to the point where they just stop visiting that site. What good is running a website and selling advertising space if NOBODY is watching anymore? Seems to me if sites are so desperate for advertising dollars, there is a better, less intrusive way to do it. Or maybe they should call it quits.

I like my slashdot subscription, but im curious if they makes more money from me removing the ads or from me viewing the ads?

This article said the ads would be 300k. Imagine some poor sap on dialup who has to download that crap when he is quickly clicking through links and subjected to 4 or 5 of these stupid things.

If I ever get one of these awful ads shoved in my face, I assure you I will not be coming back for seconds.

Re:Unicast should be Unicastrated (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846062)

If I ever get one of these awful ads shoved in my face, I assure you I will not be coming back for seconds.

Hehe, yeah, I would wait at LEAST 2 to 3 seconds before coming back. ;)

Re:Unicast should be Unicastrated (0, Offtopic)

notque (636838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846107)

I knew the day would come when my 300 baud modem would be obsolete.

*sniff*

Sounds Like (5, Funny)

Apparition-X (617975) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845929)

An absolutely fabulous way to absolutely positively guarantee that I will never visit that website again. Good luck with that one, guys...

Re:Sounds Like (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846063)

Agrred.

A while back I went to tucows looking for a shareware program. Aside from the fact that I did like the way I was being routed all over the place, the killer was this persistent popup window that would reopen itself upon being closed. Pissed the hell out of me and I haven't been back since.

Re: 2nd post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5845931)

You got to be kidding me...
The point is to make ads less intrusive.

"Ultra-Intrusive" my ass (5, Funny)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845932)

no seriously - like the subject says - until they develop a digital technology that invades my ass without my permission - then they best lay off prepending "Ultra" to that shit.
otherwise you leave yourself no room once they do develop ass prodding software in ads.

It's too late for that... (5, Funny)

Jack_Frost (28997) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845997)

RealMedia has cornered the market on "ass penetrating" software for the past several years.

Re:"Ultra-Intrusive" my ass (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846034)

that's the real reason Chris D left - Michael and Taco have been working on digital anal intrusion technology for years, and he didn't see any money in it. Plus Cowboi Kneel had his colon surgically rebuilt so they could no longer use him as the lab rat for their experiments.

Re:"Ultra-Intrusive" my ass (4, Funny)

Orblivion (548121) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846041)

Nah, you have:

Ultra-Intrusive
Ultra-Wide-Intrusive
Ultra-Fas t-Wide-Intrustive
Ultra-Fast-Wide-Intrustive160
and coming soon:
Ultra-Fast-Wide-Intrustive320

So? (5, Funny)

conner_bw (120497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845933)

So what? This works for TV and Newspapers, why wouldn't it work for the web!

Oh wait... i'm a marketer and i'm also an idiot.

If I see one, (0, Redundant)

kliklik (322798) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845937)

it sure is going to make me never to visit that site again.

"Ultra" intrusive? (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5845942)

Aren't ALL pop up ads ultra-intrusive?

Whoever uses that... (0, Redundant)

dfiguero (324827) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845943)

won't have me as a visitor anymore.

And now... (0, Offtopic)

nuwayser (168008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845945)

... a word from our pop-up. OK, a thousand words.

I remember popups ... (5, Insightful)

RealAlaskan (576404) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845947)

I used to see a lot of popup ads before Mozilla could block them. Are the advertisers still using them?

Set mozilla script permissions (5, Informative)

esanbock (513790) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845950)

Disable page moving, page resizing, and bringing page to foreground.

Requested popup? (5, Interesting)

AnonymousCowheart (646429) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845952)

"The ultra-intrusive new format opens when a user is on one page of a Web site and clicks a link to go to another page on the same site."
hmmmm...since you have to CLICK on it, would this be considered a "requested popup," something that pheonix, and mozilla allow? I'm sure the great team of programmers will still beat it,but until they do, this will be annoying!

Oh great! (1)

dacarr (562277) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845953)

Just what we need, more popups.

The ultra-intrusive new format opens when a user is on one page of a Web site and clicks a link to go to another page on the same site. Instead of seeing that new page, the user sees an ad that fills the entire screen.

And this means that if somebody starts using them, I leave their site. How long until Yahoo [yahoo.com] starts using these?

thats the last straw! (2, Funny)

Durandel1020 (230673) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845956)

where's my copy of Lynx!

I can just see it... (5, Funny)

Shant3030 (414048) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845957)

While surfing around at work during some downtime and all the sudden you land on a questionable site and BAM a big vagina pops on your screen for 15 seconds...

You begin freaking out but that doesn't compare to the reaction your boss is going to have when he walks by...

Re:I can just see it... (3, Funny)

oddjob (58114) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846092)

Porn sites already do this sort of thing.... I mean, I've never even heard of this sort of pop-up before...

4 Easy Steps... (2, Funny)

rasafras (637995) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845958)

1. Think of a bigger and better ad.
2. Piss off everyone that sees the ad.
3. ???
4. Profit!!!

SP!!! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5845962)

Second Post! W00t!!!

That should work nice. (1)

secret_squirrel_99 (530958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845963)

Speaking for myself, I'd visit a site that used something so incredibly annoying exactly once. It shouldn't take site operators long to notice that no one ever clicks more than one layer down into their site and realize why.

First post WOOHOO

This won't last long (1)

Blaine Hilton (626259) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845964)

It seems today is "Ad Day" at Slashdot. I believe though that text ads are going to be much better then this Unicast method. Web surfers are going to respond immediately and in force by not visiting sites that use such an intrusive ad format. The article says that you can click to close it, but they will probably make that little feature very hard to find.

Go calculate [webcalc.net] something

Disabling JavaScript window resizes (3, Redundant)

VT_hawkeye (33442) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845966)

I predict that, if this kind of thing becomes popular, future browser releases will include disabling of JS window resizing and JS foreground/background control, just like we have pop-up control now.

If it gets obnoxious enough, people will find ways around it.

Where is Jon Katz? (-1)

Xenix (232152) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845969)

  • 2003-04-24 20:52:37 Where's Jon Katz? (askslashdot,slashdot) (rejected)

I was doing some research and noticed that Mr. Katz hasn't posted an article in literally a year. What is going on here? Didn't all of us as a slashdot community enjoy beating up on Jon with every post, complaining of his arrogance, his lack of foresight. Screaming for justice and his violent, untimely death. Jon was bait for the very WORST of the trolls. No serious discussion was ever accomplished. He was the comic relief (not that damn large foot stuff) of site, now we have nothing. Come back, Jon. Please, come back.

Sign me up, Master Chief! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5845970)

most professional site EVAR! where can i go to start paying you for this shit?!?

-><-

404 File Not Found
The requested URL (articles/03/04/30/1752236.shtml?tid=) was not found.

If you feel like it, mail the url, and where ya came from to ghey@slashdot.org.

Nice one with no thought. (5, Insightful)

questamor (653018) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845974)

This one will work quickly to do two things.

1. make sure a user of a website is forced to see at least one ad for 15 seconds.

2. make sure the user goes "wtf is this shit?" and go find a better site without that kind of crap.

even if it becomes pervasive, and 90% of sites use this kind of 'feature' in its ads, it'll force people over to the sites who don't... which will in turn increase their traffic and own ad revenue.

tards!

I'm not worried (3, Insightful)

F.O.Dobbs (17317) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845975)

Power users won't have a problem with this. Either this will be easy to block with Mozilla or only work with IE or people will get so fed up that it'll peter out quickly. I've been using Mozilla so long it's always a harsh shock when I use IE and pop-ups start cluttering everything. But I'm sure there'll be plenty of people who get used to sitting through this crap and it'll catch on.

Well... (1, Informative)

AntiOrganic (650691) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845982)

I use Opera anyway, with all my windows contained within one MDI container, so there's no way it could hope to take over my entire screen. Additionally, I have the browser set not to open pop-up windows I don't ask for explicitly by clicking on links.

I think this mostly just affects the poor schmucks still using Internet Explorer out there. ;)

Don't the game sites already do this? (5, Funny)

thatguywhoiam (524290) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845983)

I think it was IGN or one of the giant networks... not a pop-up, but an interstitial page that appears between pages.

Don't see the point of a pop-up. However I have set my Mac to emit a large belch every time it smacks down a popup for me. I like that.

I'm just waiting for New Ultra Protective... (1)

Ieshan (409693) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845985)

Mozilla Javascript Filtering!

No biggie (1)

Tighe_L (642122) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845986)

These types of ads are very effective at killing the number of visitors to a web site. I know when a web site that I visit starts using click though ads I stop visiting it. IGN [ign.com] lost me that way.

and i thought... (1)

darthgoat (91778) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845987)

the flash ads that pop up right in the middle of the article i am reading were annoying. this seems orders of magnitude more irritating.

good work!!

Fight fire with fire (1)

Omni Magnus (645067) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845992)

Fight popups with spam. All of us with high speed internet need to spam the hell out of these sites.

Mozilla (1)

Christianfreak (100697) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845994)

Or other pop-up blocker. If that doesn't work, turn off Javascript. If they have found a way to do it without Javascript then I'll be impressed and I'll want to see the code (I'll also never visit the site again).

Great, now I'll Need a TiVO to Browse the Web... (5, Funny)

27B-6 (239669) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845996)

..for me when I'm not sitting at the computer, so I can replay "my" browsing session without ads later on. Just delightful. I just can't wait until the whole world is super-broadband so these delightful adverts can feature full video and sound. Sigh.

Flickering, too? (4, Funny)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5845999)

That's certainly one way to discourage traffic at your site. Maybe they should make sure it flickers through a whole bunch of colors really, really fast just to make sure that no one will come back. Oh yeah, and don't forget really loud obnoxious sound either. The advertising trifecta of annoyance!

Lynx (1)

jon787 (512497) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846000)

But does it work in Lynx?

Yup. (1)

VistaBoy (570995) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846001)

I guess it's an advantage to use Mozilla and alternative open source OSes. Now we can keep this crap (probably IE oriented) from showing up on our screens.

Uses... (1)

thoolie (442789) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846002)

I am quite sure that the uses for this add will not only be used by "average" webtailers...but also the prono industry. I have "heard" that they already use a variance of this type of pop-up when viewing "internet-prono". I wouldn't know...but i have heard.

It is just hard to believe that anybody reads those damn things, so their purposes just seem to be to make one NOT want to see the site. I know when i see one, I just jump to ctr+del+alt. Frankly, i find the adds that just sit on the side of the screen with some info and maybe a catchy picture grab my "positive" attention more than the screen blockers.

But what do i know........:-)

Old News (4, Funny)

HughJampton (659996) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846003)

These have been in common use in porn sites for years.

Of course, this is not through personal experence.

Of course.

Are they OS X compatible? (1)

BMonger (68213) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846004)

Can I get these on OS X? I hope not.

brilliant (1)

taijirad (584518) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846006)

It's a great way to cut down on those pesky bandwidth bills... make sure no one ever comes to your site twice!

Getting Around This (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846007)

Can't you right-click on it, select "open in a new window", causing it to be put in a browser as any other web page would?

Anyway, I believe that any ads in this form will backfire. I won't buy anything from those who'll do something like this. Who wants their entire screens to be occupied by advertising?

Thank God for browsers like Mozilla (1)

jimmy_dean (463322) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846008)

I just thank God that I use and prefer web browsers like Mozilla that will disable unrequested pop-up windows if I choose. Still, this is a new low for ads and these will be the ultimate in making end users mad beyond belief.

duh (1)

kUnGf00m45t3r (628515) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846009)

even if you do get one of these ads, it's called alt+F4 (doesn't matter if you can't click the X).

sheesh (2, Insightful)

Spoticus (610022) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846011)

Why not just call them "Stop all future traffic for your site" ads.
I know the _instant_ I ever see anything like this, that will be the very last time I go near that site.

Worse than /. Editors! (0, Flamebait)

rgmoore (133276) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846013)

Wow. These guys are not just evil, but their command of English is even worse than the Slashdot editors. Here's a direct quote from the article:

"We believe that just like in television, the creative you build is what gets shown, the technology should not get in the way," said Allie Savarino, senior vice president for global marketing, Unicast.

CmdrTaco is better than that on his worst day. I hope they can program better than they can write English, or there are going to be a lot of crashing web browsers when this thing comes out.

Just as bad as interstitial ads (2, Insightful)

havock (42287) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846014)

This is just like interstitial ads which have been around for ages and pretty much force you to view the ad until you can continue to the next page where the content really is.

Hopefully popup killers will be able to nuke this new type though.

This is wonderful (5, Interesting)

overshoot (39700) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846016)

No, seriously. I'm not trolling.

Garbage like this just makes b0rken browsers like IE less and less tolerable to Joe User. Making Joe unhappy with IE is good because the sites the rest of us need to use will be less and less able to count on IE as some "universal standard."

As the French Revolutionaries put it, "The worse, the better."

virus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846017)

I tell you what, IF anything takes over my screen befor asking i will regard it as a virus and report it. And i will demand compensation for the damage the virus did (eg took my screen over)

I dont minde banner adds, or such, but if something takes over my screen and does not let me close it wiht atl f4 or any other "normal" means then it will be treeted just as the rest of the viruses out there that take over screens.

Maybe I'm just ignant (1)

0x00000dcc (614432) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846018)

'scuse my ignorance on the laws on this, but aren't pop-ups possibly illegal? Could it not be proven somewhere in some court that these pop ups (and other other for that matter) are indeed a way of "hijacking" a computer? The original intent of a user was to go to a website. Banner ads are ok, similar to something like a billboard. If we are to follow that same analogy, pop ups would be a billboard suddenly appear in the middle of the road and you have to activly avoid it in order to move on.

Hooray for whitelisting! (2, Insightful)

seasleepy (651293) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846020)

Yet another plus to using Mozilla [mozilla.org] , or Firebird [mozilla.org] , or Opera [opera.com] , or... Well, another plus to using anything *other* than IE, actually.

sigh... (1)

silic0n (649294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846021)

I see things are going to get worse before they get better. If you ask me, the most sure-fire way to make sure I don't ever find out more or buy a product or service, is to advertise it in such an invasive manner. This is practically rape of the mind.

Pow (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846022)

This Program [analogx.com] is fantastic for killing popup ads. and better yet, it's free. you can export your list so you can use the same list on other machines, and you only ad the popups that you want dead to the list. so, at first, you'll be busy adding them to the list, but eventually your system will kill a series of 5-6 popups just with pow sitting with its tiny footprint in the system tray.

What's next? (1)

Gefiltefish (125066) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846023)


So when are they going to come into my house, tie me down, cram lidlocks into my eyes, and force me to watch their drivel? It seems that we're getting closer every day.

Maybe Ted Kaczynski was right about the evils of technology...

EEK! That's too big (5, Insightful)

gerardrj (207690) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846024)

A pop-up ad is one thing. It's small code and content-wise. It probably takes 3-4 seconds to download, but the article states that these new ads are 300K!!! That's almost a full minute to download at 56K modem speeds.

If their going to force people to spend 1 minute to download an ad (plus a forced 15 seconds to view the ad), they had better come up with a way to reimburse people, either financially, or with MUCH better content.

the victim (4, Insightful)

sstory (538486) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846025)

The real victim here is going to be the ability to use scripts on web pages. It's almost to the point where I'll turn off scripting entirely just to get away from these terrible things. It's like the ability to put macro things in emails. It could provide valuable new capabilities, but it's ruined by abuse.

Must KILL.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846027)

NO, must RESIST URGE.... to killlll......

Why do marketing people think the more obnoxious they are the more receiptive we are to their message? Don't any of them understand basic psychology?

Freedom (2, Interesting)

m0rph3us0 (549631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846030)

I think it is a good thing, it will speed deployment of mozilla, and other browsers with pop-up blocking features.

The most dissapointing thing is I think adult sites have been doing this for a while now. So it really isnt new.

Anyways this technology doesnt really affect me as I dont have the features enabled to take advantage of their new ads.

They're free to do what they want with their sites but we're also free not to view their sites.

I think that with AOL reducing pop-up ads that you wont see too many of this format.

Wow, talk about advertising money poorly spent! (1)

ClippyHater (638515) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846031)

Honestly, how many advertisers who are going to use this type of pop-up ad actually believe it will put the ad viewer in a buying frame of mind? Personally, if this happens to me, I will take care to note what company forced the ad upon me and do everything I can to not purchase products manufactured by them, and let all of my friends and family know that the company is not one to do business with.

Evil (1)

rf0 (159958) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846039)

This is just pur evil. For those of us on slow connections a 300K add may take a minute or so to download. Thankfully you can disable pop-ups in Mozilla (galeon etc). Settings/Allow Popups. Simple

Also if I do get to see one of these I'm going to just blacklist the host in my DNS. Yeah they might move IP but I can just keep blacklisting. I understand people have to pay for websites and advertise but this is just shoving it to far down my throat.

Least with normal Media I can ignore it or just change channel

Rus

i've seen this... (2, Interesting)

Blob Pet (86206) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846042)

My coworker was fuming after a full-screen ad took over his screen after while he was going to msn.com.

If he's any indication of whether or not these things work, well, I think this won't go over well with people at all. It may turn some people off of the advertised products. In any case, use mozilla or netscape with pop-up blockers...and don't set msn.com to be your homepage *sigh*.

Definitely help Mozilla migration (1)

burgburgburg (574866) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846044)

Every browser with pop-up killing capabilities tuned at these ultra-annoying ads will take market share. The least technologically savvy will be driven to "peaking under the hood", installing new browsers that prevent such invasive, annoying assaults.

... This isn't New (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846045)

This isn't new or anything. I wonder if the poster of this has ever surfed for some good hardcore p0rn. I get those full screen popups all the time whenever im p0rn searchin. Nothing new. Just gotta be fast with the Alt-F4 key. ;)

Not really news (1)

swtaarrs (640506) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846047)

I've seen this before, sites have been doing this for at least a couple months now. And the only major browser that it'll really work on is IE. With Mozilla and other real browsers, you can disable the Javascript it uses (window resizing and repositioning).

Not very new (1)

rzbx (236929) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846049)

This isn't a very new concept.
Two examples that come to mind are Salon and Gamespy.
If your not a member, then your forced to view a page (which is most likely fullscreen since that is how most of us use our browsers) for a few seconds before going to the actual news/preview/review/screenshot/etc.
I know other sites have used this method of full screen same site ads before. So call it anything but new.

why can't pop ups close automatically? (1)

rjnagle (122374) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846051)

This idea probably won't pan out, but I could see a limited use for it. Websites that stream a video or a memory intensive application might say that the cost of the free download/view is to view this commercial (kind of what Salon does today). In other words, you have to consciously choose to endure it and you are warned in advance).

A lot of times, though, you are not warned about this kind of ad, and that is really annoying. It's getting to the point where I need to keep javascript off permanently. It's starting to get extremely bothersome to go to a site that uses popups (even for legitimate uses). Besides the delay in getting the popup to appear, you lose the focus on the main page you're on.

Gosh, if they have anything like popups, they need to have a timing mechanism to close this popups automatically.

Redundant (1)

Richard_at_work (517087) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846052)

I guess this makes the other ad story 3 or 4 down the main page a bit of a moot point.

I knew this day was coming. (2, Funny)

notque (636838) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846053)

I've felt all along that at some point the internet would let me know that I wasn't needed anymore.

I will admit that it was subtle. I thought the pop-up ads were a plea for attention, but the concept of full screen ads is a direct hint that I am no longer needed.

It's time to curl up to an ex called sunlight.

Bandwidth angle to pop up ads. (1)

xot (663131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846055)

Has anyone ever looked at the angle that a good amount of bandwidth gets wasted with Popup ads.Especially the new heavy duty ones which hang ur IE.I just went to a tripod site yesterday(my fault) and it opened so many popups i could'nt find the original window.

just... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846059)

www.proxomitron.org

humm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846060)

I wonder if they actully did this because of browsers like mozilla that have the option to only open popups you click. I guess this is one way to force them to get a popup.

I also have seen popups in mozilla dispite having it set that way, and can't remember who it was, but I think they are doing some sort of new window or using obscured java.

w00t (-1, Troll)

Trolly McTroll-Troll (632114) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846061)

Opera is teh r0x0r! First post on a stollen WiFi connection. My neighbor must hate me. Good thing he's a tecnically inept shit-eating retard, otherwise I'd have to *pay* for internet access!

News? (1)

rritterson (588983) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846064)

I've run into these things all over the net, usually on the *ahem* underground sites. Imho, a full screen pop-up ad is better than those stupid pop-under applets that create new pop-up ads every 20 seconds. I prefer in my face advertising to the subversive type.

As long as the ad doesn't spawn an infinite loop of more ads, it's not too bad. A simple alt+f4 will take it out.

Get Pop-Down (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846066)

I've been using this [rr.com] little app for the past 4 months. It has changed my browsing expeirence forever. I have never gotten an unwanted pop-up since.

Note to self: (4, Insightful)

billmaly (212308) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846067)

1. Find out who does these ads. 2. Do not buy products or services from these places.

WebTV (1)

iCoach (658588) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846068)

I really am not looking forward to these ads. Nor am I looking forward to a Web that accepts them. The nice thing about the web right now is that you CAN ignore the _(*$! ads. If I see something that intrests me I'LL FOLLOW IT. But I don't want life-size porn popping up on my screen when I follow a bad link.
My opinion: if you can't make money off of what you are currently doing, maybe you should consider the fact that it might be a bad idea(tm). Or at least recognize that you aren't going to make oodles of cash from click-throughs.

And this is new? (2, Interesting)

ccnull (607939) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846070)

How is this different -- or worse -- than sites that stick an interstitial between pages. Even Yahoo makes you view an ad after reading more than a few Groups postings, then you click "Continue on to the next message" or the like.

At least if this is a genuine pop-up, you can use a pop-up blocking utility to kill it. With the interstitial ads there's no way around it because they're actually integrated into the page.

Full screen advertizing (5, Funny)

SeanTobin (138474) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846071)

I'm sure this is just a natural progression of advertizing and

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it will go away eventually as it is deemed ineffective. Unfortunately all the IE users are going to be stuck in the meantime. Another plus for mozilla.

This tech is the death knell ... (1)

Paolomania (160098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846076)

... for any website that uses it!

how do they work?? (1)

jtilak (596402) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846077)

does anyone know how they work or what browsers they work with??? like do you have to use ie or do you have to have flash installed? am i safe if i use mozilla or opera with popups blocked?

Distributed Consumption Attack (1)

Zebra_X (13249) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846078)

I propose that we build a database and client application in which people can connect and download the offensive unicast ads thereby making their ad formats untrackable. The full ads won't be partiucularly useful if the activity and impressions can't be accurately tracked (becuase of all of the downloads by people participating). In addition the "number of impressions" that are served will be inaccurate and advertisers campaigns will not run as long.

Nothing new (5, Funny)

Lowen Na (648807) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846080)

This is nothing new. Porn sites have had these full screen pop-ups for years. The worst ones are the ones with sound. Nothing worse than trying to masterbate quitely at night when one of these pop-ups take over your screan and plays at a volume load enough to wake up your roomate "Ooooohhhh! Hi, my name is Candy and I have a secret web site." That's intrusive.

bring on the new GNU/Linux users... (1)

SubtleNuance (184325) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846081)

Unicast promotional materials suggest the new format will enable advertisers to reach their audiences "with the same impact" as TV.

As with anything, their will be a portion of the population who will avoid this like the plague. The same people who watch PBS and pay for Cable (or liberate it in my case) so they can avoid the broadcast-friends-cop-drama-pap.

#2, will this work *anywhere* other than Windows w/ IE? Further driving the masses to somewhere where their PC did not become a vector for advertisers ala television.

How do they sell these? (1)

moankey (142715) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846087)

Aside from porn sites, how does the company intend on selling such a service?
Everyone knows that pop ups are a hated thing by all users. So why would a in your face, take over the screen approach be that much better?

How would you sell this? If I were a company the last thing I would want is to take over the screen or use pop ups. It seems it would hurt the company's reputation or brand recognition more than help them.

Disable Javascript (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846088)

I've disabled Javascript since it serves no real purpose anyway, and I haven't seen a popup ad since.

This isn't new (1)

Squarewav (241189) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846090)

I remember when segas heat.net went live (96 I think) when you wanted to play a game there you had to sit thrue a 15 second fullscreen ad. It wasnt that bad couse you got a free gaming service that worked with ipx for free basicly. I dont see how a full screen ad working well for a basic web site thoe, I think most people will just refuse to visit that site again

The line was back there a ways. (1)

Demon-Xanth (100910) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846099)

There's a limit to the amount people will take. And for me, the limit was passed at about Mach 8 by that little number. I wouldn't even frequent a site that had that.

more info on this at unicast (1)

tekxtc (136198) | more than 11 years ago | (#5846104)

Unicast [unicast.com]

The Chicago Sun-Times' site is doing this already (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5846106)

I haven't seen it in the last week or so, but checking ol' Ebert's movie reviews (http://www.suntimes.com/ebert) was a PITA during April, because I would get one of those damn "Bend it Like Beckham" fullscreen ads, and couldn't make it go away.

To make it even MORE annoying, it displayed one when I CLOSED the browser at the main review page! I had to wait nearly 15 or 20 seconds before it closed itself.

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