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Not Thrilled With This One…

If you go to the front page of imdb in hopes of entering a name in the search engine, you have to wait a few seconds for King Kong to shake up the search slot.
There is no advertiser who has ever been benefited with me by interrupting the course of me trying to do my basic online functions.
Kong hanging out on the search slot? Cute. Slowing me down? If there was a way to punish imdb and Universal for it, I would.

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15 Responses to “Not Thrilled With This One…”

  1. Jeffrey Boam's Doctor says:

    Dave – not sure what you mean unless they’ve been yelled at already by many users. There is a tiny Kong ad above search function but thats about it – doesn’t seem to affect speed.

  2. David Poland says:

    Try reloading… Kong is still shaking the entry spot on the left side up…

  3. Lota says:

    If you have your 3rd party images/cookies restricted Dave that won’t happen, yo.
    IMDB never bothers me anymore since I blocked just about every dumb Ad gimmick they’ve whored out for in the last 2 years, but I can’t blame them–they have so many free users they have to have some way of raising revenue to keep running.

  4. martin says:

    If it was a tiny movie, a super annoying ad could accomplish the goal of making an impression. But Kong doesn’t need help making an “impression” everyone on the planet knows KK is out and about. All these ads do is piss off a few audience members that were 50/50 on whether they were gonna rent it.

  5. Me says:

    Are you seriously complaining about a 6 second slowdown?
    You’ve now reached Jeff Well’s level of petulance.

  6. Aladdin Sane says:

    I’m curious as to who around here does pay for IMDB?

  7. Lota says:

    i paid for Pro way back then stopped it after a month when I recognized it didn;t have the information I needed. Some of the financial info is interesting the way it is presented, but there are many things that are out of date or just plain WRONG in the listings, so it just wasn’t useful.

  8. jeffmcm says:

    Didn’t happen to me just now when I tried it.

  9. Crow T Robot says:

    The first second of that ad is a little slow but once Kong shows up, the next two seconds just fly by…

  10. David Poland says:

    Well, Me… sling insults if you like. The point of posting this is to bring up the issue.
    Are ads that interrupt your web experience effective?
    Frankly, had it happened once on a day, I wouldn’t have been bothered. But after my third trip to the imdb home page, yes, something that kept me from going about my business was irritating. Moreover, like many pop-ups, I felt encumbered by needing to negotiated where I was clicking, lest I open some King Kong promotion page that I had no interest in seeing or supporting with a click-thru.
    If it doesn’t bother you, that’s fine. But oen thing that has been consistent over the history of the web… slowing people down sends people off your site.

  11. Sam says:

    6 seconds may not sound like much, but when you’re browsing online resources, it’s unacceptably long. Complaining about it is laughably far from “petulant.” You obviously aren’t very experienced with web design.
    But I don’t see the ad, and I don’t have 3rd party images/cookies restricted. Maybe they finally took it down. In any case, my bookmark is for I’ve never really had a reason to hit the main page first. If for some reason I’m not searching for an actual movie and want to read an IMDb feature, the toolbar on every page is just as quick.

  12. Me says:

    Sorry Dave, I wasn’t trying to hurl insults, just making a joke (granted, at his expense, though).
    It’s just that considering it was obviously a one-day ad to highlight the DVD release, that the delay was minimal, and that Dave probably spent 10 times more time coming over here and writing about it (and rebuttals to peoples comments) than he lost in the first place, I do find it laughable. Could be just me.

  13. jeffmcm says:

    Here’s another annoying King Kong thing: I just got the DVD and popped it in; on the main menu you have the option to Play, go to Scenes, change Languages…or watch “The Volkswagen Touareg & King Kong See More of NYC in ‘Wish You Were Here'”
    Ugly, and the wave of the future. Good thing it was a period movie or they would have put friggin’ Touaregs in it, speeding away from Kong as all other cars get crushed.

  14. Richard Nash says:

    The IMDB does this now and again with their advertisers. Switching you to a whole different page. I got one today from Netflix. It really ruins the flow you are especially if you’re doing work and using the site. I know every ad is money and every hit helps but they need to show a little more compassion to the consumer.

  15. KamikazeCamelV2.0 says:

    I don’t see any King Kong ads on the IMDb search…
    But the ads I do hate are at Rotten Tomatoes and JoBlo. When you click a link to a news story or movie page and first it takes you to an ad for a movie and in the corner it says click here to skip directly to your chosen article or whatever. And I’m like, well who wouldn’t click that? Why do they even bother, nobody cares about those ads.
    Plus, it doesn’t help that I only have dialup so the ad hasn’t even loaded by the time I click the button to move on.

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