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Some things just bug me

posted 20 Apr 2014, 05:37 by Juliet Boyd   [ updated 23 Apr 2014, 07:21 ]
I watch the majority of my TV on On Demand services on the internet these days. For one thing it means that I only watch programmes I really want to see. No longer do I watch something for half an hour just because the programme I really want to watch is on after it. That's definitely a good thing, because it leaves me more time for reading and other pursuits.
Woman and Laptop by George Hodan

I don't mind the fact that On Demand has adverts (apart from the BBC, of course). There are usually fewer than you'd get on the TV, although the same ones appear over and over again. I don't even mind the interactive ads that have pop-ups and clickable  links all over the screen while the ads are playing.

What I do mind is the ads that have 3 or 4 options where you have to click on one of the ads for it to play, unless you want to sit there in limbo for 10 seconds or more before it chooses one anyway. When I see one of these ads, the picture on the left shows exactly what my face looks like  - not happy. Just play me an ad - I'm not interested in which one, because I'm not really watching it anyway.

I don't know whether or not they analyse which ones people click on. I guess they do, otherwise what's the point? What they would find if they analysed my choices is that I always click on the one on the far right - because it's closest to where my mouse pointer is. That's the only reason I choose that one. There's nothing scientific about it al all!

I really wish they'd get rid of this type of ad. It doesn't make me want to buy the product any more than any other add, it just annoys me. I don't suppose they will, but I can hope.


Image Woman with Laptop by George Hodan at Public Doman Pictures.