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Old 12-05-2001, 03:00 AM   #1
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Thumbs down Orbitz, Comet Cursor wheel-and-deal

In an annnouncement that is sure to tarnish upstart Orbitz' image in the eyes of web publishers and ethical marketers - if not in the minds of the consumers it's targeting - the service has called upon Comet Cursor to deliver its aggressive marketing message to users as they traverse competing websites:
http://www.internetnews.com/IAR/arti...933111,00.html

I didn't even know that Comet had gone down the theftware route until this announcement, and it's tremendously disappointing to see that a service whose software has an installed user base of 10s of millions is embracing such a strategy.
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Old 12-05-2001, 06:58 AM   #2
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One of Comet's features is that we as web masters can select the cursor that will show when the user is surfing our site.

One less "Chainsaw"
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That was one little annoyance I never indulged in!

Any site that popped up a comet curser box got closed VERY quick.
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Old 12-05-2001, 07:26 AM   #4
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Same here.

I've often wished that alongside the "Always trust downloads from this company" (or however it's phrased on the security/save box that pops up when on a Comet site), Microsoft would include an "Always ignore downloads from this company" option to diminish the irritation encountered when surfing Geocities sites and the like.
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Old 12-05-2001, 10:01 AM   #5
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Well I don't really like the concept, but competitors of Orbitz are not complaining and users will probably like it. So long as they fully explain to users that this feature is there users will probably LOVE IT. All they (users) want is the best deal and if Orbitz can pop-up with a better deal then the users will love this.

I think it all depends on how they implement this. If they fully disclose to users what is going on, then users may really go for it.

And if the users take to it and their main competitors are not complaining, this will be around for a long time.

Let me say again I really don't like the concept, but I don't see it going way if they roll it out well.
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