Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Oct 2013 16:02 UTC, submitted by bowkota

Google back in 2005:

There will be no banner ads on the Google homepage or web search results pages.

Google today:

The company confirmed to the Guardian that it is testing a system with about 30 advertisers in the US in which it shows banner ads for companies including SouthWest Airlines on pages which include them in web search results.

And people wonder why I have zero trust in companies.

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Good to know.. Mayer
by StuS on Thu 24th Oct 2013 19:00 UTC
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Good to know.

Annoying, but with flashblock and adblock *shrug* (Hey, I did give Thom money for this long article when he linked to payment for it.. but, yeah, I use adblock).

Now if Google pressured firefox into breaking adblock - that would evoke a *sigh*.

Most interesting bits to me is that:
- This tells me, despite all their talk about innvoation - that the only way Google can figure out how to grow revenue with acceptable margins is to just keep growing space devoted to ads.
- Marissa Mayer, now CEO of Yahoo, made the original promise. Can't say why that strikes me as interesting, but it does. Shows some of incestuous nature of the power brokers in many tech industries, especially the marketing ones, and how adaptable the values and beliefs of these executives are..

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