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Flashing adverts on websites are a distraction

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I understand that in today's competitive business environment, selling your product is important.  And advertising helps to do that.  Recently, though, I've noticed that more and more companies are using flashing ads.  These make trying to use the website a pain in the neck, literally.  I find that when confronted with either ads that flash or that move around on screen I just leave and buy whatever I want somewhere else.

Right now 2 people are spying on you...

The worst offenders include auction sites, mobile phone service providers and even train companies.  There are also 'static' ads everywhere you look.  Yes, I know there are ads on The Weekly Gripe but at least this is a free site.  You would expect that.  I find it irritating when you are trying to actually buy something or use a service that you have paid for and you get confronted with sometimes not so tasteful advertising.

My pet hate must be the tacky adverts that say something like 'Right now 2 people are spying on you' and 'Right now 2 people think you are a little ugly'.  What childish drivel.  The problem is though that teenagers who might already be having a bad time for whatever reason, or other vulnerable people in society could be pushed over the edge by these type of ads.  They are rude and cruel and I think they should be stopped.  How about an advertising standards body for websites?

Facebook ads, annoying flashing ads on websites ... a bit miffed to see an advert for wrinkle cream right next to my photo

Also, a well-known dating site puts ads everywhere - right next to people's profiles.  I had a go at online dating once and was a bit miffed to see an advert for wrinkle cream right next to my photo.  Yes, I know I'm getting on a bit but still, that's a bit cheeky!

At the end of the day we can appreciate advertising may be necessary, but these businesses should really be more considerate of the visitors to their website and try to keep the ads as unobtrusive as possible and think a bit more about the user experience.


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Sk8kid

Sk8kid

I use Adblock Plus on Google Chrome. No ads of any kind. Webmasters will cry foul. Well Stop Annoying your potential customers who are likely to go elsewhere.
Sk8kid
15th Jan 14 09:22

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Sally

Sally

I've just been trying to type an email on Yahoo and at one point, an ad opened up and completely covered my email. I tried to close it but had to wait a couple a minutes until it had finished. Then, I was able to continue typing and send the email. Utterly ridiculous - I thought the object of advertising was to get people to buy the product not wind them up and put them off.
Sally
11th Oct 13 15:42

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DW

DW

I hate those mouseover ads when you suddenly are confronted with a burst of sound or a video. I use Adblock too now, which removes the adds and webpages load up faster.
DW
22nd Aug 13 01:58

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TimesLover

TimesLover

Adverts help pay the costs of website hosting, development etc. If everyone blocks them, more and more of the Internet will be subscription based. Get ready to pay for Facebook, Twitter and Google by 2020. At least it will reduce the amount of cobblers on the Net, and discourage trolls.
TimesLover
14th Aug 13 23:44

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Dave

Dave

Definitely agree with using Firefox with the Adblock add-on. Not only does it stop the distracting and flashing ads, but it takes away the sponsored links from the top of google searches that are often scams or copycat sites trying to part you with more money than you need to!
Dave
9th Aug 13 23:27

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Oi

Oi

Will echo the comments of a poster further down.

An ideal solution= Firefox browser plus Adblock. You can also add another good "add-on" called Ghostery which blocks advertising and other crap at a server level.

With those 3 elements it really makes the web a nicer place. Fully recommend them.
Oi
9th Aug 13 19:56

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

The ones that follow you down the page when you're trying to read something drive me mad.

I too have gone elsewhere when confronted with too many adverts; but they will probably never learn!
grumpyoldwoman
9th Aug 13 17:14

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ahforfoulkessake

ahforfoulkessake

the gripe is right.
I hate when you try to click the little X in the top right hand corner to make the ad disappear and its always too small so you end up opening the page even larger and obscuring the page you're looking at.
I know they probably get a nice sum from the pop-up advertisers but all they reallly do is cut their nown throat as a lot of people will press the top left hand arrow to go back to google or whatever and try a new site.
ahforfoulkessake
8th Aug 13 20:25

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LancashireLass

LancashireLass

Yes I agree very annoying especially when you are forced to watch the damn ad before actually getting to the website you really want. Then you get the little countdown clock letting you know how long you have left to endure it.
LancashireLass
7th Aug 13 09:13

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Charmbrights

Charmbrights

Do as I do and disable Shockwave and Adobe plug-ins on your browser. If you use Firefox Adblock is very effective. If you want to see a flashing picture (e.g. cartoon, news item, etc) then it is a matter of seconds to enable Shockwave temporarily.
Charmbrights
7th Aug 13 09:10

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coady

coady

i get the same, i only have to drag the mouse over it and wham a full screen advert appears, it is a pain in the kneck, is there a way to stop these?
coady
7th Aug 13 09:07

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