Calling the irony patrol


I don't speak Dutch, so I went of course to a Dutch search engine, www.vinden.nl. And upon my arrival I was greeted with a pop-up ad offering me a pop-up blocker.

There's something wrong about that.

Comments (12)
  1. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen those before, in English. My bet is your Dutch version probably said something along the line that "had you had a popup blocker, you wouldn’t see this popup message" :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    A friend received a spam e-mail a little while ago advertising a spam blocker, which he then bought!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I hope you abused him mercilessly, Magic…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Oh the Irony! My favorite (ok, not my favorite, but you get the context) spam emails are the ones advertising "how to avoid spam"…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Imagine getting a phone call in the middle of dinner selling caller id or a Telezapper…

  6. Anonymous says:

    So Raymond, have you played with crazybrowser? It should protect you from further doses of irony.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I once got a spam mail advertising "The powerful, effective and intelligent anti-spam tool." I had blogged about it here: http://www.vasanthdharmaraj.com/PermaLink.aspx?guid=69e1b942-51ce-4bc7-8a1a-4319520b9a45

  8. Anonymous says:

    A few weeks ago there were reports in newspapers about a US court ruling, saying that a US operator who was sending spam pop-ups advertising their spam pop-up blocker for sale would be allowed to resume doing so.

    > There’s something wrong about that.

    Ditto.

  9. Anonymous says:

    For tabbed IE browsing (with popup blocker of course), I prefer AvantBrowser: http://www.avantbrowser.com/faq.html

    It appears a little more polished than CrazyBrowser and has some neat features, like hiding to tray, open in background, disable Flash, etc. Of course, this is IMHO… both are good, your opinions may vary.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I don’t really think it’s such a bad idea.

    This way, people who actually need the blocker

    will get the message, in well, pop-up form.

    People who are already using a blocker wouldn’t know it’s there.

    There is some irony to that but not totally irrational.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen those too. Funny. Anyway, I’m from

    "Holland" so if you need anything in dutch

    shoot me an e-mail at visuar@iname.com

  12. Anonymous says:

    I also have seen this before and I find it genious :) It is:

    1. 100% targeted ad – if you have blocker, you will not see it;

    2. get clients from competitors – if you have blocker and see it, you need another one;

    3. makes their users – if you have forgot about popups, it reminds you what it is :)

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