Sunday, July 08, 2012
"Social survey" popups from major corporate media sites
Saturday morning, I browsed ABC’s site for its 20-20 program and got not only the usual one pop-up, but a second pop-up ad asking me to take a survey.
Surveys elicit suspicion. Remember the “social surveys” that come up with misspelled Facebook domains that result in spam to your cell phone (“guessology”) that you may wind up paying for.
I can’t be sure that this came from ABC. Maybe it was piggybacked onto another ad.
The Washington Times, a “conservative” newspaper, also serves popup ads with rather cheesy looking (extremist) content (some of them invite you to watch endless videos promising some kinds of life-transforming financial tip), but none of them have ever done any harm as far as I can tell.