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The inventor of the pop-up apologises

August 16th 2014 in interesting stuff


His explanation for why the idea came to be is quite interesting.  “It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major car company freaked out that they’d bought a banner ad on a page that celebrated {a certain adult activity}. I wrote the code to launch the window and run an ad in it.”

Of course, users still associate pop-ups with the page that displays them for the most part, but it was a good idea at the time 🙂

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