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Now that both Mac OS X and Windows Vista have widgets, or cool little gadgets you can spread around your desktop, ad companies have decided to try their hand at widgets. These ad-widgets would probably be put into a widget that actually does something, such as check facebook/myspace/sports statistics. Whether or not these advertisements would actually do anything would be hard to determine, considering tracking these widgets would be extremely illegal.
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i dont think it will do much..... i never pay attention to that stuff
but then again, they have good researchers..... it must work, otherwise they wouldnt wast the money
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If they make a widget it will be completely ignored by OCN-type people. However, there are thousands of people who will think it is useful.
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Wait, so the widget would be an ad? Why would someone use that...
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Wait, so the widget would be an ad? Why would someone use that...
No, it would have some sort of built-in functional component that people would want to use, but would also have an ad rotating in the widget itself. It would not be solely an ad... it would be like a webpage with ads on the top basically.

And yes, people would be too dumb to edit the .xml file within the widget to remove the rotating ad.
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wud be good if ocn made some form of gadget maybe the top 10 ocn news posts & newest posts
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No thx I hate ads!!
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I don't believe anything coming from the inquirer. But this does appear to be true and sounds like a bad turn.
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Hey, I would use it. Gimme here, im always for helping out those companies.

As long as I can still effectively use the widget I really don't care if there are ads or not.
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Originally Posted by Chopes View Post
Hey, I would use it. Gimme here, im always for helping out those companies.

As long as I can still effectively use the widget I really don't care if there are ads or not.
It depends on the widget's usefulness, the person making profit, and the type of ads displayed. I'm not totally off the idea of an ad but if it's obtrusive or disruptive in any way, I won't bother. I'm on a wireless internet connection...sometimes I have great bandwidth, other times it's about the same as dial-up (depends on weather mostly), and I will not tolerate 2000ms pings in GW or FEAR Combat just to let someone drop an ad on my desktop. If OCN made an ad-widget that did something useful like display system temps or HD/RAM/Network usage, I'd give it a shot, but I won't do it for Yahoo! or MSN. Those guys spam me more than enough as it is and don't really provide anything useful that I can't get without the ads from someone else.
 
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