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.

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