Dec 09

Google Sidewiki Forced me to Press OK

I don’t care what Google Sidewiki does or how important they think it is, but I was forced to view an ad about it appearing from the Google Toolbar today. I think pretty highly of the guys at Mountain View, but was¬†appalled that Sidewiki was being promoted as adware in the Google Toolbar. ¬†I didn’t ask for it. I don’t want it. I don’t agree to it. Google, STOP!


I happened to be reading a tweet from Gerald Weber‘s Twitter page when I the Sidewiki thing appeared.

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Ads don’t bother me. But not being able to close an ad does bother me. Clicking the escape key does nothing. Pressing enter does nothing. The only way to remove the Sidewiki ad? Press OK. Well, Sidewiki team, I’m not “OK” with submitting to you, especially since it is not clear what I am getting or not getting when I press “OK.” Usability anyone? Google, I won’t be forced to submit to Sidewiki.