That's what I call them. You go on a website, and an ad honks at you to get you to look. Anybody else noticing this lately? I get it on some newspaper/magazine sites. I hate it.
I also hate Youtube's new recommendations. It litters the returns with ideas about stuff you've viewed previously. By the time I'm searching for Susan Boyle falling down I've done with making a great gravy.
I don't support Google products with my patronage, and a key reason is for the YouTube annoyance you mention.
I stopped using the Google search engine, and I am not a registered user on YouTube. No GMail, and no G+.
Google is bad to datamine you, and they sell the information they collect about you to other companies.
I say to fellow DLers: use Google at your own risk.
What do you use as a search engine, R1?
I've tried getting myself to use Bing, but I always go back to Google for the maps. And then I forget and just stay there.
Have you used Adblock Plus and Flashblock, OP? I don't see or hear ads that honk. The only thing they don't get rid of are those things that slide into the lower east side of my screen (NY Times, Slate, Queerty). Or are those the things you think "honk"?
Google is the devil when it comes to this, but like R2 I find myself locked back on from time to time.. Then I wonder who the hell is spamming me with all kinds of bullshit and I realize its Chrome.
Once on the DL I clicked a link for some kind of handbag someone mentioned in a thread about such bags. I still get ads for that fucking desinger, more than a year later.
So, R6, it could be Google's fault I get so many e-mails from design businesses, based on stuff I search for and e-mail about? They all come from gmail, incidentally.
I was shocked when I started getting those desinger ads. Especially since all I did was click on a link through the DL. I didn't even use the search engine.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
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