Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

Summary: Is this a deal-breaker for you?

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Google has started to roll its own ads in the Chrome web browser. Is this a deal-breaker for you?

The ads appear at the top of the new-tab page and currently seem to be advertising Chrome OS-powered Chromebooks.

Here's what the ad looks like:

Note: I've not see the ad myself yet. maybe that's because I'm running the beta, or maybe Google is doing a limited roll-out of the ads.

So, I've got a couple of questions for Chrome users out there:

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Personally, as long as the ads don't become intrusive or pushy (or crazy, seizure-inducing like the ones in Windows Live Messenger) I'm not that bothered. If it gets too bad then I might switch over to Chromium.

Topics: Google, Browser, Operating Systems, Tablets, Windows

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  • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

    Um. That's a HUGE deal breaker.

    <I>"Personally, as long as the ads don???t become intrusive or pushy (or crazy, seizure-inducing like the ones in Windows Live Messenger), I???m not that bothered. If it gets too bad then I might switch over to Chromium."</I>

    Knowing Google, that's only a matter of time. Look at YouTube as an example. The site is useless without AdBlock Plus.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion Yeah, I have to admit that I'm worried about where this might end.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

        They start off simple, but then they grow.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @Adrian Kingsley-Hughes

        I think it will end where it began - Google is an advertising company. For all their products, advertising is their revenue, so I'd expect more ads.
        tonymcs@...
      • Exactly

        @ tonymcs@...

        Apple make money primarily on hardware, Microsoft primarily on software and Google primarily on advertising. Apple can pay for 'free' software for their users with hardware margins and Microsoft can pay for 'free' software for their users with software margins. In both cases, the users pay, the price is just split between the 'free' and 'costly' components.

        Users of Google's 'free' software/services are another matter. They aren't Google's customers at all, and don't generate any revenue. That means that all of Google's 'free' software/services are loss-making unless they direct users to advertisers, extract information about users for advertisers or create/strengthen barriers to entry in advertising (which is the point of a lot of Google's 'free' services).

        Chrome's primary purpose is probably to create barriers to entry in web advertising: controlling the browser makes it easier for Google to protect their dominant position in web advertising. Apparently, however, Google's management are getting greedy, and want to extract even more advertising rents than they're getting from web advertising.
        WilErz
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion
      Cheers, I just tried AdBlock Plus out, its great!
      it literally does what it says on the tin, no more crappy adds in youtube, yay!
      Will T
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @Will T

        I had no problem with Internet ads until they became intrusive to my browsing UX. Once that happens, the gloves come off.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @Will T Everywhere you go on the web there are ads. :( Unfortunately AdBlock slows down my browser. If Google really continues with this on Chrome, I'll just hop back tot Firefox.
        Pretbek
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        [i]Unfortunately AdBlock slows down my browser.[/i]

        I've had the opposite experience since those ads are being blocked from loading on to the webpage.

        I'm not surprised about the ads since Chrome is nothing but a big lump of spyware. Money & greed is what drives it.
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion

      Adblock Plus when used with Firefox is a good thing! :) Just one more reason not to use Chrome.
      No Facebook Required
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @No Facebook Required Chrome has the same plugin ;)
        Imrhien
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion I think it's a great idea. I remember the glory days when Opera sold its browser, then a free version came out with large ads in the browser. Now that everything's free no one feels like end-user support is a priority.
      If end users aren't going to contribute code to Chrome, then the least they should do is see a few ads.
      jgm@...
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @jgm@...

        I still disagree. Knowing Google, it won't stop here. They'll just ease you into more and more intrusive junk.
        The one and only, Cylon Centurion
      • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

        @jgm@... @jgm@... I don't "have" to see ads in FF, why should I "have" to see them in Chrome? They have plenty of other places to toss ads around, why add it to the browser now?

        At any rate, I don't use it because I still like FF better... but it's the whole idea of it that irks me. I'm tired of having "intrusive ads" thrown at us at every turn. Can't just have some ads on the side of a page somewhere, now they gotta be up in our face and personal. Whatever, adblock and FF = NO ads, not even from within the browser.
        waterhzrd
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion
      "Knowing Google"

      Their search engine has the least amount of ads compared to others. As for youtube, Google lost hundreds of millions of dollars for years to keep the site running when it had less ads. Realistically, they couldn't keep that up so I would prefer they offer the service and let those of us who know AdBlock Plus use it.
      anono
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion <br>They did this when they first announced the CR-48. This isn't new. You can easily close it and be done with it too.
      ZackCDLVI
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion

      No, it isn't. You watch ONE maybe 30 second add for each 10-30 minutes of show watching. It's not a deal-breaker, speaking as someone who HATES ads.
      Lerianis10
      • They are not talking about video ads

        @Lerianis10 They are talking about all the static ads (ie: ads on the page, not the video).

        But then again ... I could be wrong. I being using Firefox with Adblock Plus, Flashblock and NoScript for YEARS. Haven't seen any crap in any website for years.
        wackoae
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion

      I suspect that you are in for a huge shock when you move out of your parents basement... advertizing is pervasive in many regions, both in free software (that which is give away in binary form) and on web sites. If you think that Google is the only site that tracks where people come from and go to, you are in for another rude awakening!

      Perhaps you should stay off the Internet (or at least the World Wide Web), perhaps steer clear of newspapers and magazines, buses and taxis, highways, TV, etc.
      B.O.F.H.
    • RE: Google begins shoehorning ads into Chrome browser

      @Cylon Centurion
      Google is using Chrome to push Chromium notebooks, which is roughly equivalent of Apple using one its products to sell Apple TV. If this is a problem for you, I don't suppose you aren't using Gmail, or Hotmail, or Google, or Bing, or Yahoo.
      JohnVoter