1. syspry's Avatar
    That was Google's motto in the early days, and some have mocked Google for it in light of the techno giant they've become.

    However I've recently spotted something far more sinister (ok I'm being melodramatic with that term, I admit it) than anything Google has ever done. It's Mashable and the recent trend they've gone with to drive clicks. Some examples from just the last few weeks:

    Woman crying after receiving a puppy, articles about old flames reuniting, seniors getting walked home by a nice boy etc

    Don't get me wrong, these are all nice things. It's not the events that bother me it's that mashable is clearly using the "awww" factor in them to generate clicks = ad revenue. And they're usually linked to Youtube vids for more ad revenue. Some might accuse me of being cynical. I'm ok with that as long as my accusers are ok with being called naive in response I'm sure Mashable's editors simply just wish to make the internet a happier place with heartwarming human interest stories.

    Right?
    04-27-2015 07:51 AM
  2. Gekko's Avatar
    That was Google's motto in the early days, and some have mocked Google for it in light of the techno giant they've become.

    However I've recently spotted something far more sinister (ok I'm being melodramatic with that term, I admit it) than anything Google has ever done. It's Mashable and the recent trend they've gone with to drive clicks. Some examples from just the last few weeks:

    Woman crying after receiving a puppy, articles about old flames reuniting, seniors getting walked home by a nice boy etc

    Don't get me wrong, these are all nice things. It's not the events that bother me it's that mashable is clearly using the "awww" factor in them to generate clicks = ad revenue. And they're usually linked to Youtube vids for more ad revenue. Some might accuse me of being cynical. I'm ok with that as long as my accusers are ok with being called naive in response I'm sure Mashable's editors simply just wish to make the internet a happier place with heartwarming human interest stories.

    Right?
    and you just clickbaited me.
    04-27-2015 08:02 AM
  3. systemofadown1's Avatar
    You just made Google's (self aware AI) hit list

    I, for one, Welcome our new Google Overload
    04-27-2015 08:04 AM
  4. gone down south's Avatar
    You just discovered click bait?
    04-27-2015 10:24 AM
  5. Kylbit's Avatar
    I hate those too. There are extensions to hide ads, but click bait should be illegal. There should be a clearly defined label saying "AD"
    04-28-2015 12:41 PM
  6. Lethegames's Avatar
    That trend that popped up everywhere with news articles saying "this person could not believe what he saw when he opened the box, click here to see" was driving me mad, I'm glad it's gone.
    04-29-2015 01:33 PM

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