Thursday, January 31, 2002

In the post directly below this one, I mentioned a post at USS Clueless. In that article, he lauds Hewlett-Packard for providing ad-blocking software pre-installed. While this may sound like a good thing, I think it could actually do more harm than good. While no one likes pop-up ads and banners, they're legitimate. If you want to see the site (a privilege, incidentally, not a right), you have to take the bad along with the good. If my understanding is correct, then the ads for Blogger and Amazon PayPal on InstaPundit will be gone as well. This isn't good. Mr. Reynolds makes money off PayPal, and Blogger simply asks that their image be used on all sponsored pages. Come to think of it, part of the GeoCities terms of agreement is that you must display their ad on your page, meaning that a lawsuit might be in the future. Hopefully, some of the better-educated blogs will weigh in on this.

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