[OSM-talk] advertising

Matthew Perry perrygeo at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 17:44:06 BST 2007

On 7/3/07, paul youlten <paul.youlten at gmail.com> wrote:
> I think the big difference is that adverts integrated with the map itself
> add value to the map.

No. No it doesn't. Quite the opposite. Ads on top of a map pollute it
and make it look like spam-ridden crap. If the place is valuable
enough to be on the map, let someone add it to the database.

However, context-based ads appearing off-map might be very helpful.
Zoom in to an area and get a list of nearby shops on the right-hand
side. You could *choose* to click them and see them on the map. Or you
could choose to ignore them.

That's the key point: With maps place directly on the ads you can't
choose to ignore them. It's a very tacky and devalues the entire

Matthew T. Perry

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes
the existing model obsolete" - R. Buckminster Fuller

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