What’s the Catch?

Ok, this I found slightly comical. Seems everyone is trying to cash in on the iPod phenomenon. It’s good to know that I can get those three free songs just for joining the National Guard and risk going to Iraq to die. Otherwise, it might have cost me $3.

Today I spent more than a few seconds on those spam sites that offer a free Mac Mini if you subscribe to a magazine or something. When did the internet become a playground for advertising? This is arguably worse than the whole concept of spam because now obnoxious advertising is invading legitimate sites. Shame people, shame. (bandwith costs money, I know)

And Google is right in the middle of it all. They made a name for themselves by producing the be-all and end-all of search engines and followed it up with an excellent map system. But these days, it seems they are just the largest peddler of cheesy ads since MTV.

Online applications? Ad-based software? It would seem Web 2.0 is not the Titanic it claims to be. Or rather, maybe it is. Time will tell, of course, but I have the feeling that Ads are an eternal part of whatever future is coming our way.


Jan 2006

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