Free v. Paid

Pay Here by R4vi on Flickr

Tonight I was perusing Twitter, looking for some inspiration when I came across a promoted tweet in the timeline. Yep. A little, yellow box with an arrow inside of it, just like on the Trends and Who To Follow sections. Not much unlike the the little green triangle with arrows in it, but buried a bit more subtlely in the timeline.

It made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Maybe it’s the GenXer side of me, but sheesh… I’d rather see ads on the sidebars than have them inserted into my timeline. At least I know what’s true content, and what’s promoted / advertising. It’s kind of like product placement in TV shows and movies as well, placed in there unobtrusively.

And that’s where this post is ending today since the train of thought has been derailed due to some news. I found out that Jim Robertson passed away today after a long fight with cancer. A former co-worker (and Ringling Bros. clown) who could always find a way to make people laugh. I hope you have them doubled over in laughter up there, Jimmy, with tears of joy streaming down their face.

Photo: Pay Here by R4vi and used under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license.



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