People in Blinking, Animated Glass Houses

David Pogue, writing for The New York Times, which puts at least two blinking, animated ads on every page of its site, including this one:

Second, and more important, I don’t think advertisers should be blinking, animating and distracting in the first place. If I’m interested in the product, I’ll read the ad. But trying to pull my focus as I’m trying to read crosses some kind of line.

You know what? I would never click any ad that blinks or animates in the first place. It’s obnoxious and juvenile, and I’m not about to reward them.

(Via Merlin Mann.)

Friday, 6 November 2009