Skip to comments.Google launches ad-free net experiment
Posted on 11/22/2014 5:40:20 AM PST by Dallas59
Google has unveiled a project that offers web users the option to pay to visit sites rather than see adverts.
Dubbed Contributor, users can pay a monthly fee of between $1 to $3 for ad-free sites.
When those who have paid their subscriptions visit a participating site they will see pixelated patterns replacing the adverts.
It has so far signed up a handful of websites, including ScienceDaily and Urban Dictionary, to test the system.
Others in the current trial include WikiHow, Mashable and Imgur.
Access to the service is currently by invitation only and interested websites can sign up to be on the waiting list.
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.com ...
Doesn’t look like too many partners at this point.
Great idea, but I would want the major sites I go to blocked and none are listed.
Interesting. $3.00 and no more adds.
I don’t mind the kinds of ads they have on the actual search engine page, i.e. plain text ads. But the pop-up / floating ads on sites like Breitbart.com have gotten so obnoxious that it really makes it hard to read the web site content - particularly on a lower power platform like an iPad. I use AdBlock on my PCs, but that’s not an option for the iPad.
What google needs to do is ...
STOP REQUIRING a SSL connection just to use their google maps site.
Try it and see if you can get to http://maps.google.com without it migrating to HTTPS ??
I don’t want a browsing experience with SSL. Maps are public information and have no reason to be behind an SSL wall. I have my SSL turned off since I still use XP and FR is fine as well as hundreds of other sites.
Thank you google for trying to CONTROL me.
Useful only if the amount of data transferred is reduced. My main beef isn’t the ads themselves, it’s the amount of bandwidth they take up, which slows down the loading of the page overall.
The absolute WORST are the pages that have 5 or 10 animated ads, one of which also auto-plays its audio track. Those sometimes scare the bejeebers outta me when I’m having an insomniac episode.
Oh yeah, I forgot about those. I concur, those floaters are another major pain especially if you open them in a small window, because the “X” is obscured. When you expand the window, the page remains scrolled to where you can’t get to the “X” on the pop-up/floater. I end up closing the page and either resize the opening window for just one article, or quit, to find the info elsewhere.
Use another map source besides google if you don’t like their use requirements.
Sites with too many ads aren’t worth paying to view.
It is filler for lack of content and too much overhead.
Sadly many conservative news sites *Blaze* are like this. FR is the only one that doesn’t bombard us with that crap.
ad blocker is free....
google is sticking ads everywhere these days.
I never notice the ads anyway; I’m sure the vast majority of people ignore them and would never dream of buying from them.
Wish there was something like this for my landline phone.
Oh, wait... there is, the DNC list. (side note: is the creation of that a subliminal ad for the ‘Rat party?)
Thank you google for trying to track me without compensation. :-(
The ads are still there but pixilated. They’re still slowing your computer down and freezing it. I’d pay to have no ads whatsoever. I can’t stand them popping up in the middle of what I’m trying to read or freezing and sending my screen to desktop.
I don’t want the ads pixilated. I want them gone with all the screen areas they consume restored to the originally requested page and all the bandwidth they waste recovered.
Install an ad blocker ... Speeds up web browsing and ditches the ads
yeah....that was supposed to be what Sirius and XM Radio was, in addition to DirectV, Dish Network and all the rest. It’s bullsh!t.. One way or another, they are going to waste your time in trying to get more money from you and still tell you it’s premium no-hassles while they’re pi$$ing down your leg and telling you “that’s the rain.”
Yes, they are a real PITA. On the tablet, half the time when I go to click the “X”, I miss and it opens a full page ad.
I find it hard to avoid the site (Breitbart). Even thought Breitbart isn’t a breaking news site, they often have stuff well before it shows up on FR.
why would I see pixelated patterns?
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