Anyone who uses the internet today hates pop up ads. From simple beginnings, traditional pop up ads have today been replaced by myriads of ad types, often making it impossible to figure out the 13 crazy facts you wont believe about childhood movies.
There is a lot more to this story and I would recommend you listen to the full podcast which you can get from Gimlet Media’s website or iTunes. You can also read the story in The Atlantic by Ethan Zuckerman to find out more background about The Internet’s Original Sin as he calls it.
As I mentioned yesterday, this is an example of an accident completely changing the world. Would these ads have been created eventually, maybe, but who knows. One thing that we do know is that these ads paved the way for the internet we know today, brought to you by (place random company name here).