As social sharing sites continue to incorporate interruptive advertising into their free models — Twitter’s Hoot Suite deal dropping ads into users' streams, and Facebook Sponsored Stories turning users’ social lives into ads, to name a few — Tumblr gets the Post Advertising stamp of approval for refusing to badger users with unwanted messages. Tumblr has been opposed to advertising from the get-go, but is the no interruption approach sustainable? We hope so.
It's been running all month but gets fresh comments daily. And the folks at AT&T are probably still smarting — especially since many of those comments come from jubilant owners of brand-new Verizon-enabled iPhones. Not to mention that those of us who switched networks have been feeling pretty ripped off — it seems we've crossed over to the dark side, given AT&T's blackout zones compared to Verizon's superior coverage. For a while, Verizon played politely in the world of advertising. But this commercial proves: no more Mr. Nice Network! So why kick 'em when they're down?
A new tech start-up out of (surprise!) San Francisco calling itself "Hipster" has announced its impending launch. True to its name, it's shrouded in mystery, irony, and intrigue. What is it? We don't know. But it's super-secret and the website assures us it’s “something cool.” Internet? Exclusivity? Is that Helvetica?! I want in!