So yahoo mail has these clever "smart tips" they like to auto hyperlink based on words in your email now. However, my last name (Goodrich) is incredibly common, and a fortune 500 company (Goodrich Corp). I'm royally irritated that they now have a pop up when I mouse over my name in an email address.
As my family has been in the USA for nearly 340 years (I have a family tree & can prove it, etc) it's quite frustrating. Almost, but not quite, the same as auto linking "Smith" or "Jones". Do you feel Yahoo's interference with your email goes too far?
Jeremy, yesterday I got 3 intrusive phone calls - did I want to lower my interest rates..., buy more insurance from my bank, replace every window in my house. Last week I went to a hockey game and every time the whistle blew, a robotic female voice touted the joys of eating at MacDonalds. The televised hockey games are filled with "Gillette" Overtime Statistics. One day will we have to buy clothes with big TIDE and DOWNY ads all over them? Will pop songs have to be changed so that the lyrics say, LUV you BABY IF YOU WEAR NIKE?
I am so tired of it all. Yahoo, my spam0filled mailboxes, my junk mail filled letterboxes, my phone ringing off the hook with wonderful offers..
What is safe? Books still are... and those cardboard inserts in panytyhose packages. They're still ok ;) but for how long? Maybe cars can even become advertising space in a mainstream way. Buy your car, choose your sponsors? lol.
he he he, good point. I was telling my dad today that a lot of products reach their "over the top" saturation point for ads, and then go into decline.
For this site, I'm determined NOT to do that, and in fact, we have less ads today than we did last year. A lot less for logged in members, and less also for logged out users.
It does "cost us money" as in opportunity cost...but, the gain is people being much happier with the site.
It's tough to say where the line is, but it's pretty easy to tell when you've crossed it.