I find them to be quite annoying.
They are randomly found on hubber's profile pages, or hubs themselves, but they scare me each time they come on...
I can't stand that Wii ad! It's on my profile page EVERY time I log in, and I jump out of my chair every time I hear that woman say "Congratulations!" So I've developed the habit of putting the sound on mute all the time. You're not alone!
Ugh, I utterly loath that advertisement. Ads that automatically play sound should be banned.
I havent come accross them before but note to hubteam - some people surf at work when they aren't supposed to! Never run audio automatically!
Yep, scares the crap out of me too, every time. H A T E , H A T E, H A T E it. Terrible idea that actually creates anger and avoidance feelings in me towards the companies whose ads do that.
I haven't come across these audio ads yet. Are they just here on Hubpages?
Quotations, the Wii one is all over hubpages like tics on rats, leaping out of your speakers to infect you with their noise. Open up five or six hubs (preferably mine, lol) and you'll hear it. It may be other places too, but I've only seen it here. I get other ones sometimes on other pages, like the talking smilies one. Horrible, invasive idea.
My computer is on mute unless I am on a video call ... for this very reason. I LOATHE audio, especially audio that I didn't ask for.
i just looked at the source code for that advertisement... it isn't with one of our affiliate programs... and is served through hubpages' share of the impressions... it comes from fastclick.net... they're owned, or affiliated with valueclick media... here's a quote from valueclick's page...
Earn revenue through our ad network platform by running ads from hundreds of quality advertisers on your web site. Receive some of the highest eCPM rates with unmatched fill through a wide variety of standard banners, pop-unders and rich media.
Earn revenue through our affiliate and co-registration platform with some of the highest payouts and new offers to choose from daily. Increase your yield on registration paths, web sites and e-mail lists with lead-based direct offers and our registration path managers."
hp is earning through them, but it really is a VERY annoying advertisement... i hope they don't ever serve any of those even more annoying pop-unders... that would REALLY be a bad move... WAY worse than serving those audio ads for wii.
I hate-hate-hate ads being forced on me. Plus, I often have earphones on when I'm computing. A high-volume voice bursting out is Not Good for middle-aged ears!
Please make it stop. (And ditto to ProCW's preemptive opposition to pop-unders.)
I started a thread on this two weeks ago.
But I sure like this one better.
I'm so happy to see others are annoyed by it too. Blek!
Hey guys. Thanks for your concern. We are not intentionally running ads with audio, but they may be miscategorized within the ad network. We are working to remove them as they appear.
Thanks so much for bringing this to our attention!
Thank you, thank you! (I haven't heard any lately, so it must be working.)
Oh, I'm SO glad that I wasn't alone in this annoyance!! I would also jump out of my chair with that voice booming through my speakers!
The first time it happened I was looking all over the page trying to figure out where it was coming from. I finally figured out it was the Wii ads. Thank you for taking steps to bleep these out of here!
Sally- sorry I didn't see your thread! Sometimes it's hard to dig up old threads, esp. if you don't know what they're named. At least we got some good discussion going here, right?
Thanks Maddie for getting the ads removed! They are quite annoying. I just have one question:
Is it too late to still get my free wii???
Oh my god. these things nearly give me a heart attack when they come on, it seems that annoying voice seems to be at a louder audio volume than most of music files, so I'll be blasting my music then that noise comes through my amp. holly crap. interrupts music, and nearly blows ur ears out. i hate it.
not a good advertisement that causes anger and frustration.
So it seems I'm in the majority, I like them!
Oh wait, no I don't. Sorry, it's early here and I had to remind myself we are talking about the advert and not the console! (which is going UP in price in the UK right now!!)
Has anyone else had the email of Adsense today about the new stuff coming? The new pop out ad's by Google are coming soon. They look pretty slick, and from the look of it, they only play sound if the user interacts with them. That's Google for you, working out what's in the best interests of the users.
I have my speakers off as standard, and only turn them on when I specifically want audio. Works for me (-:
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