New Google Tool Shows Only Ads

Google Blogoscoped has the scoop on the Google Content Blocker, which eliminates all content on web pages, leaving you with just the advertisements. This puts the focus squarely on the ads, which makes sense, since ads are how the internet works anyway.

How does Google Content Blocker work?
After you install Google Content Block, just surf the Web as you normally do. When we find a site that has content, we will block that content so you see only the ads. It all happens automatically, with no effort on your part.
Google says Content Blocker leaves both Google ads and non-Google ads.
Google Content Blocker does not block other ads. This is consistent with the “we are not evil” spirit that our PR department always talks about*.

*Google reserves the right to redirect non-AdSense clicks to Google AdSense advertisers.

Google does advise against using it in conjunction with an ad blocker. It even makes a cute li’l noise when it blocks content. Read the white paper for more info. Oh, and don’t be concerned with the privacy policy:
Google is committed to collecting every bit of data that it possibly can, and storing it forever. You just never know when it might be useful. We recognize that privacy is an important issue, but we’ve gotten so pervasive that we don’t even need to be concerned about it. It’s not like you’re going to stop using Google, right? Therefore, we didn’t even think about your privacy when we designed and built Google Content Blocker — not for a single second. But we had to write this stupid privacy policy page anyway, just because everyone else does it. It’s not like anyone will ever read it.

If you want privacy, go into the bathroom and lock the door. You ain’t gonna get in on the Web, so don’t kid yourself. We pretty much know everything there is to know about you — and it’s pretty boring. Get a life, dude.

Oh, and of course it’s a parody, you moron. Read the whole site. It’s hilarious.

May 10, 2005 by Nathan Weinberg in:

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