Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Computer: Online Advertisement

We all hate all those pop-ups, pop-unders, flashing banners and colorful gifs on websites. To avoid all those I do most of my surfing on Firefox with Adblock running and Flash not installed. Nowdays another form of advertisement, where words become links which show a pop-up if mouse is moved over them. You can see an example on Indian Express site. The idea being say people reading a story about Maldiver might be interested in going there and such ads would have higher chance of getting clicked. On a basic level, it is an extension of Google's AdWords.

But this linking can easily go bad. And an example of that can be seen here. The word getting linked is in the name of the movie Dil Diya Hai and the word Hai is linked to an ad of Hai Ceramic Hair straightening Irons!! Hilarious!

Computer: Amazing Google Map Stuff

Google Mapscontinues to amaze me and I am quite fascinated with it. People link to all kind of things found on them with a latest refresh told by Google Earth blog, points to these, each of which is amazing.

Maldives
Las Vegas
Stone Hedge