Who Made That Pop-Up Ad?

Breaking free of branded banners.

Comments: 14

  1. Pop up windows were always annoying to me. When you're trying to read an article, the LAST thing you need to see is a pop up ad interrupting your flow. Worst invention ever. Take heed NY Times.

  2. Yep, well said. Although I'd beg to differin holding that car alarms remain the undefeated champ as far as worst invention ever. But... a few more pop-ups and we just may have a new undisputed heavyweight king in my book. Take heed, indeed, NY Times.

  3. The giant expanding page-covering ads on the NYT front page are yet another example. Yes, they get your attention, but only in an annoying sort of way.

  4. Who cares who made them, how do we stop them is the question

  5. To reelchip:
    You can't stop them. We are not in control of what happens on our computers; the business cabal has seen to that. YOU don't matter. I would like to see millions of people cancel their subscriptions to all the
    web sites that insult us with these ads. Hurting THEM in THEIR wallets is the only thing that makes them understand.

  6. The only times that I have ever clicked on an ad is because I was trying to make it go away by clicking on a little tiny "x" to make it go away, or by accidentally touching it while scrolling a page on my iPad. The reason I get spam for Viagra in my mailbox everyday is because some people are so stupid that they actually willing to give their credit card information to some spammer in an attempt to buy prescription medicine. If you don't want to be annoyed by all of these ridiculous annoying ads, stop clicking on them!

    NY Times, I pay for my subscription, so stop shoving ads in my face. If people want to read for free, show them ads. Although I have watched several of the videos you produce and found them well done and informative, I no longer watch them because I refuse to sit through the ad at the start. My time is too precious.

  7. Who would want to admit to creating something so incredibly annoying?

  8. Innovation? Please. This is like taking credit for junk mail or telemarketing.

  9. And it's happened to the NY Times lately... the top banner on the home page expands to fill the entire page if you inadvertently MouseOver it.
    I put these advertisers in my "don't buy" mental space.

  10. Agree absolutely. The new TIMES is so annoying I might cancel my subscription. I NEVER buy anything from these pop-ups. NEVER! I do not need a new car, lipstick, weight-loss pills, or intend to see most of the awful movies being shoved in front of the public. There is a whole sub-culture that spends time doing nothing but shopping. I used to teach advertising design so I am aware of all the "tricks of the trade". That being said, I fully understand the need for businesses to sell their products and services; it is part of our so-called culture. But now I feel as if I am in some nightmare bizarre with dozens of screaming and clutching vendors pulling at my sleeve and yelling in my ear, telling me to buy stuff I don't need.
    ENOUGH, already!

  11. You know what's even more annoying than a pop-up ad? Something so bad it was commonly referred to as one of the "7 Deadly Sins of the Internet," all the way back in 1995?

    Video that automatically plays, with audio, when you load a page.

    And the NY Times is doing it with their site rebuild in 2014.

    What's next - your logo in flames?

    Shame on you!

  12. I have my plug-ins set so that I have to click to start a Flash or Silverlight video, including ads. However, the Times has now implemented something else. Is it HTML6 ad if so, this is going to require yet another means of blocking the twitching, jerking, flapping, etc. that goes on in these things? It's an obscene excrescence of technology and capitalism.

  13. This "innovation" is evidence of Netscape's utter contempt for user experience by enabling the programmer to manipulate the user interface in annoying ways that the user could not control. Clinton's DOJ, tried picking winners, though, trying to destroy Microsoft and help "poor little Netscape".

  14. JavaScript is one of the worst programming languages ever invented, yet it is an indispensable part of every "web stack," the development frameworks used by web programmers. Annoying pop up ads were not the worst problem: "cross site scripting attacks" were the first of a number of dangerous methods found by hackers for gaining access to your computer, followed by a number of others which are generally fixed as they pop up (pun intended).

    Every browser allows you to disable JavaScript, but major sites like Facebook make heavy use of it (programmers use JavaScript for a lot more than just ads), so this is usually not a very satisfying option.

    The world wide web is a dangerous place. Apparently, governments like it this way--including the US government (think NSA)--since web programmers are completely unregulated. Exciting, dynamic web pages are the primary focus of programmers with user safety and security coming in a distant second place (if at all).

    They call themselves "engineers," but in all other engineering fields, safety comes first. Programmers, and especially web programmers, seem incapable of grasping the importance of that principle.