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Question to the public at large:

It seems that LJ is making available to people with paid/permanent accounts the ability to put Google AdSense ads on your LJ, thereby earning you a little dosh, should you have a high enough hit count to your post.

It's - of course - sparked a huge debate over on the link where this was announced. My question to you is, are you for, or against this, and why?

I'm pretty meh on it - I see ads everywhere I go online, so I ain't bovvered. Plus, if it puts money in someone's pocket, what's that to me? But of course, my thoughts on the matter are just that, mine. So what are yours?

To sweeten the deal, allow me to link you to a funny (AND NOT WORK SAFE) video of a comedian/rapper, who just happens to be the VERY FIRST BOY I EVER DATED. He's quite handsome, still. Oh, my stupid lame LDS upbringing, preventing me from making out with him when I had a chance... Lol. (Hee, I can remember the outfit I wore on our first date, and everything: navy blue off the shoulder sweater with white piping, very naval-inspired, and a white pencil skirt and white espadrilles. He wore skater punk chic and I thought he was the hottest thing EVAH.)

Off topic, what did you think of House last night? Most likely will be spoilers in the comments.

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harmonyfb
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:29 pm (UTC)
ads
Count me on the side of OH HELL NO. I'm a paid member so I don't have to put up with that bullshit - I damn sure don't want to log onto my friends list and see it. I'm bombarded with enough unwanted advertising as it is. GRR.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:39 pm (UTC)
Re: ads
Really? That strong of an opinion? I don't notice them, personally. I do think you can opt out of viewing them on other people's pages, though, so if someone does choose to sign up (I've bounced around the idea) you don't have to be bombarded.
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harmonyfb
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
House
I quite liked it. I hope this signals a return to the first season where House was obnoxious and a little arrogant, but still had compassion and was a decent human being underneath the smart-mouth.
dangomango
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: House
I hope this signals a return to the first season where House was obnoxious and a little arrogant, but still had compassion and was a decent human being underneath the smart-mouth.

I agree with this. I also thought the sex scene was beautifully shot. I missed Wilson though, but then I always do.

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liz_marcs
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I'm with you on the "meh", mostly because I have AdBlock Plus/Firefox which means I never see adds.

Here's the way I look at it: There are a lot of people on my FList who are unemployed or need the cash because of expenses and/or pay cuts. I am not going to begrudge them the chance to grab a few pennies where they can (and really does come out to a few dollars and cents and not much more from what I understand).

I'm not going to do it, because hey, I gotta decent job at decent pay (even if I'm being squeezed so hard by unexpected bills that the buffalo on the nickle is taking a shit on the purple plains of majesty) so a few bucks one way or the other isn't going to matter. However, if I found myself on the unemployment line, you can bet your ass I'd be grabbing what ever revenue stream I could — including a potential one from my already paid-for LJ.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:44 pm (UTC)
Yeah - you can block what you don't want, so I don't get the really aggravated NOOOOO!s I saw over on that post.

And right there with you, a little extra cash could come in handy for a lot of folks. Why begrudge them, exactly. Esp. if someone has a permanent account?
brunettepet
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
That guy is cute, and hysterical which makes him even more appealing! I don't care about the ads, as long as they don't jump around.

Haven't watched "House" yet, but I loved Andre Braugher on "Homicide," so I'm looking forward to seeing him and Hugh Laurie together.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Isn't he? He was cute when we were teens, and never quit being cute and funny. He was actually a blind date that my DAD set me up on, if you can believe it. Ha. I'm glad to see that he's successful doing what he loves.

I really enjoyed House - let me know what you think after you get to see it! I thought Andre Braugher was very effective - he's a solid actor.
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moosesal
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:49 pm (UTC)
I don't watch House, so no comments there. I don't really have an opinion on the ads. I don't plan to put them on my journal because I don't think they'll really net me any money. But I think for people who want to do it, go for it. It's no different than seeing ads on any other webpage.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's my opinion, too.
fabrisse
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
I got a paid account to stay away from ads. Most of my friends have them for the same reason. Putting ads on my paid account would most likely alienate the friends I want to keep most.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:14 pm (UTC)
it's been said, but you can opt out of seeing ads both through LJ and through firefox's adblocker.
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bitchygrrl
Sep. 22nd, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Times are hard if people who need to can make a little extra, no skin off my nose. I know how to use ad-block. Just not that deep to me. *shrugs*
He is still handsome and very funny. Your outfit sounds adorable. *pinches your cheeks* You were a good girl.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
He is still cute, huh? :D DAMN IT, WHY WAS I SUCH A GOOD GIRL? So many missed opportunities, lol.
tabaqui
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Apparently, the amount of 'revenue' you can make is tiny. Like - a percentage of a percent of a penny per click or something, and you're not allowed to use it on comms, so only people with *huge* followings on lj will see any money at all, and then not much.

My biggest reaction was that they wised up and made it opt-in, as they have done a couple other times lately, so that's a huge *yay* on my part. I truly loathe ads, thank gods for Firefox popup blocker and such.

House pretty much rocked, though i do get tired of people saying he's miserable. He never seems miserable to me - he seems to be having a hell of a lot of fun pretty much all the time. I rather thought that his 'recovery' was a bit too quick but then, this is television.

*i admit to going back and forth, in the last half hour, between house and the season premiere of The Big Bang Theory, so....*
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
I know there are some folks out here though that have HUGE flists and have really popular LJs - if they wanted to generate twenty bucks a month, or something, by adding ads, I don't mind.

Yeah - making it an opt IN, and not an opt OUT was very smart on their part. FINALLY, huh?

I do think that House can be miserable, but I ALSO think that most of the time, he gets a sick pleasure in being who he is. And I thought the same, re: recovery time. But then I realized that I'd been watching a 2 hour episode and remembered that's like, seven months in TV time. Heee.
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julia_here
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
It's opt-in, and there's wank?

Oh, LJ users, never change.

Julia, thanks for the link, great way to start the day.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you liked the link! There are a bunch of really funny ones that links to, and his site is great as well.
poshcat
Sep. 22nd, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
And I make pretty good spaghetti sauce, mutha fukka! Hee, that was my favourite line. I feel bad on your behalf that you didn't make out with him when you had the chance. You could have used the ministrone soup and/or rice pudding on him, man.

LJ ads: Well...at least somebody might be making money off the internet. \0/ I have to admit that YouTube ads bug the crap out of me, as they get worse and more invasive every damn week. As long as the ads on LJ don't pop out at you at the interesting moment, I'm good. Are your view numbers high enough to make this worth your while? Go for it, if so.
stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC)
If you got a bad back, put your hands up! LOL. He was funny when we were kids, too. He works in the entertainment industry, has for almost 2 decades! Why did I let him slip out of my dry, Mormon-girl hands? LOL.

I think you can even change what kind of ads appear, too. Maybe not the content, but if it's an image, a text ad, or a banner. I've wondered how much I could make from it, I won't lie. I average several thousand hits a day here, which is mind boggling to me.

IF YOU HAVE A PET CAT PUT YOUR HANDS UP, MOTHA FUCKA!
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stoney321
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
I LOVE ADS. Ahahahaha. I want billboards surgically implanted on my eye balls, HOW ABOUT IT, SCIENCE? Hee.

Oh my gosh, I thought I looked SO CUTE. And we went to see Dirty Dancing, and I was SCANDALIZED. Also, I was awkward and weird, too, so... But we had a few more dates, so it couldn't have been that awful? Ha ha ha.
darlas_mom
Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
Eh. ::shrugs:: It seems a little pointless, since you have to pay to opt into the program in the first place, and the average blogger probably won't even recoup what they put in, but I'm not wildly opposed to it. It's not as if I'll ever see it, and I don't feel a lot of sympathy for the basic or plus account users who won't have a choice. Ads on webpages! Horrors! My God, it's like the dictionary definition of a first world problem. Besides, LJ probably got a fair bit of cash from Google for brokering the deal to set this up, and if people ever want their a la carte userpics, the money for it has to come from somewhere.

Your first boyfriend is cute! I have no speakers right now, so I can't hear what he's saying, but he looks like the beautiful love child of Joe Flanigan and Eric Bana. Nummy. *g*

I did not watch "House" last night! I watched "Heroes." Mine was awesome, I hope yours was, too. :-)
killerweasel
Sep. 22nd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
I don't see what the big deal is. It's an opt-in option and if someone wants to try to make a little money, that's their choice. *shrugs*
cdvla313
Sep. 22nd, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Re: House, I usually only see it if I'm flipping through channels and it's on, but I love Lin Manuel Miranda (Alvie) so I totally watched last night's episode. I may watch it in the future, though, I really liked the ep!

A friend couldn't get over the fact that Alvie was allowed to have a Puerto Rican flag over his bed, though. For a split second we thought Alvie was going to hang himself with it at the end. lol. Lin was taking questions on his facebook about the episode, and I think she actually asked him about it. He's in Spain, though, and he lost his connection before he could answer. lol.

And regarding ads, I don't have a paid account, so I live with them all the time. I don't really notice them any more.
altyronsmaker
Sep. 22nd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Honestly, in these times, I'm not begrudging anyone from making money anyway they can. I'm not opting for the ads, but I'm not hugely opposed to it either. To each their own, right?
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