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Old 09-03-2007, 11:56 AM   #1
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Whiting Out the Ads, but at What Cost?” (link good for a limited time) in the technology section of the New York Times today discusses Firefox and the AdBlock Plus plug-in. Author Noam Cohen likes blocking web ads, but also makes this comment:
The larger importance of AdBlock is its potential for extreme menace to the online-advertising business model.… From that perspective, the program is an unwelcome arrival after years of worry that there might never be an online advertising business model to support the expense of creating entertainment programming or journalism, or sophisticated search engines, for that matter.
Major site owners do not seem to be especially worried at this point (or aren’t discussing it, anyway). Firefox has only 15% of the market, after all. But the author says some small web sites are organizing against Firefox, saying they cannot block the plug-in from working so they will forbid access to anyone using Firefox.

The Times points to Why Firefox Is Blocked, one of the advocacy sites. I have been using Safari instead of Firefox, so have not seen that warning when browsing. Have you?

By the way, Safari also blocks ads, but I guess either the small site managers do not run into it, don’t know about its effective ad blocking, or do not care because of the low numbers of users.

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