UPDATE: My peeps at AOL respond instantly and they’ve reported to me that there were some freelancing sales folks/ad placement folks who went off the reservation. It’s not going to happen again. Kudos to my AOL peeps for locking this down. All you have at the end of the day is the brands… you have to protect them.
Today I noticed on Joystiq (a brand we created at Weblogs, Inc. and then sold to AOL) a popover, blocking, obnoxious advertisement.
I did not allow this kind of advertising on Weblogs, Inc. blog before or after the AOL acquisition… but I don’t own them any more so I have to sit here at my desk and just shake my head.
Tip to my peeps at AOL: This is the kind of stuff that will drive users away from Joystiq and over to Nick Denton’s video game blog. DON’T DO IT! It’s short time advertising gain that will drive away the loyal users.
STOP IT NOW BEFORE YOU DO ANY MORE DAMAGE TO THE BRANDS!