Anyway, as I've been surfing on my personal laptop from home (and on which I'm typing right now), I've noticed, in recent days, an increase in the number of annyoing Flash-based rollover ads. Thinking maybe this was a recent trend of the advertising industry, I did a quick Google search, only to have this 2005 blog post from Business Week as the top result. It happens to perfectly describe what makes the damn things so irritating.
OK, so they've been around for awhile. I just can't figure out why I'm encountering the stupid things more and more over the past week. I haven't changed any settings on my security setup, so, yeah. I'm at a loss. I'll have to observe if I encounter them as much at work or on my desktop computer. And look, here's here's how to build one.
Then I found this Wired blog post from September of this year about an upgrade to another kind of rollover ad (in-text ads) that will supposedly make them less annoying by offering more "related content" in the resulting Flash pop-up. These are the ones you've probably seen, green links instead of the traditional blue, with two underlines underneath, that bring up information on products tied to whatever key word or phrase is highlighted. I recall a few sites I frequent that use(d) this type of ad, but of course I can't find any examples in their articles. So here's a link to Vibrant Media. You'll see what I'm talking about in their display.
Those in-text ads, while annoying, aren't as infuriating as the rollover Flash ads. Stupid things. So I'm curious if I'm alone on all this.