Unusable RSS ads, courtesy of Jacob Nielsen


Thanks Jacob, I really wanted this is life insurance ad in my RSS reader when I subscribed to your Alertbox RSS feed powered by ‘News is Free’ (but at a cost):

“Up to $250,000 in life insurance with inexpensive rates. Highly advanced life insurance system. Complete your application in less than 10 minutes. No blood or urine tests.”

Jacob…why don’t you supply your own feed directly so I don’t have to delete these untargeted, irrelevant, and really unusable spam-bits?

 


Comments (10)

  1. <blockquote><p>"Up to $250,000 in life insurance with inexpensive rates. Highly advanced life insurance system. Complete your application in less than 10 minutes. No blood or urine tests."</p>
    <p>Jacob…why don’t you supply your own feed directly so I do

  2. With email spamming it’s safe to bitch because you have no control. With a blogfeed, you have totaly control. If you don’t want the ads, don’t read his feed.

    I often wonder if people who write incredibly stupid drivel like this also write letters to thier local TV stations with a simliar tone.

    Seriously dude. You have 100% control over the messages you get via RSS.

  3. SwitchBL8 says:

    When you subscribe to a newsfeed, you are interested in what that person usually has to say, not in the ads his rss-provider supplies for "free".

    And indeed, how difficult is it to provide the rss-feed yourself? No matter what (scripting-)language or blogsoftware you use, there is an rss-generator at hand.

    So, I must agree with Alex: as a promotor of usable IT, News-is-Free falls out of the category.

  4. SuperJason says:

    It’s really annoying when the advertisements show up as posts. I think it’s alright to have them in a footer of the actual post. People have to make money somehow. I was thinking about adding very simple advertisments (text only, 1 line) to the footers of my posts.

  5. Rok Hrastnik says:

    To Paul D. Murphy:

    Paul, I don’t think you got Alex’s point.

    Jacob Nielsen is a prolific usability expert who trashes everything and everyone that’s not to his, sometimes rather "strange", standards.

    As a marketer, for instance, I often find Jacob’s advice practical from the usability point of view, but completely wrong from the marketing point of view.

    Anyway, Jacob, as a usability expert, should know better … and I think that’s Alex’s point.

  6. Seun Osewa says:

    Why don’t you just subscribe to his mailing list?

  7. I just created an AlertBox RSS feed with FeedYes.com:

     http://www.feedyes.com/feed.php?f=vT9f590mLnxm5tFa

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