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vbaculum
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7/20/2011 7:00:48 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
What would happen if the developers of Firefox (or anyothe browser) decided to put AdBlock software directly into the browser without the user having to get it as an add-on.

This is what I envision: It would quickly gain in popularity since most people don't like websites being cluttered with ads. The other browser makers, seeing that they were losing market share, would follow suit and add ad blocking software to their software. Now, no ads. The Internet ad-based economy shivels up. All Internet businesses that depend on ads for revenue will have to find different ways of making money or go out of business. This would change the internet dramatically, no?

Could it happen?
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7/20/2011 7:08:51 PM
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At 7/20/2011 7:00:48 PM, vbaculum wrote:
What would happen if the developers of Firefox (or anyothe browser) decided to put AdBlock software directly into the browser without the user having to get it as an add-on.

This is what I envision: It would quickly gain in popularity since most people don't like websites being cluttered with ads. The other browser makers, seeing that they were losing market share, would follow suit and add ad blocking software to their software. Now, no ads. The Internet ad-based economy shivels up. All Internet businesses that depend on ads for revenue will have to find different ways of making money or go out of business. This would change the internet dramatically, no?

Could it happen?

I was thinking the same thing while I was reading.

But yes, the less people ads reach, the less ad companies are willing to pay for the ad space. The less they are willing to pay, the more that internet sites need to find alternative sources of revenue.

Meaning subscription costs or simply the closing of some web-pages.
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7/20/2011 7:15:16 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 7/20/2011 7:00:48 PM, vbaculum wrote:
What would happen if the developers of Firefox (or anyothe browser) decided to put AdBlock software directly into the browser without the user having to get it as an add-on.

This is what I envision: It would quickly gain in popularity since most people don't like websites being cluttered with ads. The other browser makers, seeing that they were losing market share, would follow suit and add ad blocking software to their software. Now, no ads. The Internet ad-based economy shivels up. All Internet businesses that depend on ads for revenue will have to find different ways of making money or go out of business. This would change the internet dramatically, no?

Could it happen?:

Uh, who do you thinks funds Firefox? It's the same as television. The commercials are the one's who pay the networks to run their ads. How else do you think they have the money to run it?
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vbaculum
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7/20/2011 11:55:30 PM
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At 7/20/2011 7:15:16 PM, PARADIGM_L0ST wrote:
At 7/20/2011 7:00:48 PM, vbaculum wrote:
What would happen if the developers of Firefox (or anyothe browser) decided to put AdBlock software directly into the browser without the user having to get it as an add-on.

This is what I envision: It would quickly gain in popularity since most people don't like websites being cluttered with ads. The other browser makers, seeing that they were losing market share, would follow suit and add ad blocking software to their software. Now, no ads. The Internet ad-based economy shivels up. All Internet businesses that depend on ads for revenue will have to find different ways of making money or go out of business. This would change the internet dramatically, no?

Could it happen?:

Uh, who do you thinks funds Firefox? It's the same as television. The commercials are the one's who pay the networks to run their ads. How else do you think they have the money to run it?

You're right, the Mozilla Corporation gets some of its money from ad's (http://www.computerworld.com...). But that doesn't have be the case. They make most of their money by making Google Firefox's default search engine.

But Firefox itself is open source meaning any group can create a free distribution of it. Consider IceCat, a re-branding of Firefox which seems to be a strictly volunteer effort.
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