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Topic # 80445 31-Mar-2011 03:03
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Saw a banner ad come up in windows live messenger saying facebook - 1 new message which looked exactly like the top part of facebook. By the time snipping tool opened on this piece of crap the ad had changed so no pic of it.

Lead to this address - dodgey site - whic appears to be one of the despised things to get people to sign up to have overpriced crap sent to them on a recurring basis. Says $9 per week in the corner in barely ledgible white on light blue.

Perhaps we should all email and tell them what we think of this?


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  Reply # 453689 31-Mar-2011 07:26
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I wouldn't call that "barely legible". In fact, this is the first time I've seen one which is designed in such a way tat just reading the headline will smack your attention directly into the price tag (which it does). Their terms imply no double opt in, though, which is not cool.

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  Reply # 453690 31-Mar-2011 07:32
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The $9 per week looks quite clear to me



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  Reply # 453780 31-Mar-2011 12:25
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Looked on the desktop PC and it is a lot more visible. On the lappy its very faint unless I angle the monitor (the joys of the lousy panels in a sub one grand dell)

Its an issue that competent web designers take into account when choosing their palette and they have clearly ignored to make it not stand out.

My issue was more the banner add they were running, but it seems that microsofts ad network are quite happy to accept fake new message ads, this one is doubly bad since it used facebooks logo and interface instead of the more generic ones, as messenger has facebook integration even I clicked it thinking it was something new they had done to alert me etc. Havent seen any "download messanger update" ads in a while so they seem to have some QC operating on what they will show there.


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