Thursday, April 08, 2004

Claria IPO

Hey, what's this? Another web IPO? Must be a good sign, right? Well, you should know that Claria used to be Gator. And, in case you didn't know, Gator's the company which has been installing spyway on millions of computers through peer-to-peer apps like Kazaa. Then you have hundreds of thousands of people suddenly wondering why pop-ups are appearing on every site they visit. And you have pop-ups for, say, Bank of America appearing on a Wachovia site. It's been called a "parasitic advertising scheme." And pretty much no one's happy with it except for the truly slimy CEO of Gator, I mean, Claria, Jeff McFadden and his cronies.

I like the ZDNet headline: "Gator mutation Claria files for IPO." Avoid like the plague.

(Via John Battelle.)

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