Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC

So there you have it - ads are very likely going to be part of Gmail soon. After all, it seems almost silly to not monetize a core app with an absolutely massive install base - between 500 million and a billion. I just hope these ads won't be overly intrusive, and from the looks of things, the Gmail team is approaching the situation with care.

Ads on my Android Gmail application? Seriously, Google?


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Do we have to have Ads with everything we do?
How long before the Ads send their serving details to the NSA?

This all reminds me of an old SF story I read a long time ago. It was about the consumer society and how everything you bought had a finite lifespan and if you didn't replace it within that time not only would it stop working but your face (if I remember correctly) was posted on billboards as the latest 'anti-consumer'.
The sort of anthesis of 1984 in many ways.

I will continue to block ALL adverts when I use the internet. Whilst some people may find this as 'not playing the game', I am old enough to be able to make up my own mind about something. If I really want to spend some money no amount of advertising is going to persuade me to buy one thing over another. I will do research, ask questions and THEN make my own mind up.

Yes folks, I am a Grump Old man and not really high on may advertisers target market list so in reality they won't mind (well I hope so)

I do financially support a few web sites just to keep them running so blocking their ads is worth it in my opinion.
The other reason is that how can you trust those ads not to try to do nasty things to the system you are using? We can't. I am sure it won't be long before the NSA(or other security services) start hijacking ads and slurping our browser history (and other things if they can get away with it)
They won't catch many terrorists but they will get a lot of Porn splattered over their systems. Not a bad thing IMHO ;)

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