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The Jolly Green Giant and Me – the final chapter

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Thank you to SP tech support for their prompt response to my questions about my “hijacked” nutrition tracker (details in yesterday’s blog).

It seems that the Green Giant ad is in such close proximity to the drop down menu (bfast,lunch,dinner) in the tracker that I must have inadvertently clicked on it or at least (in my opinion) let the cursor hover long enough that it was interpreted as a click.

The ad isn’t there this morning. Yea!

I really don’t mind the ads that just sit there passively and let me read or not read them as I see fit. I want this site to remain free.

Yet I wonder about the mindset of the creator of the ad campaign. Did they actually think that this would encourage me to buy their product? While I am definitely aware of it now, I can’t help thinking of it with annoyance.

Oh well, I will consider this just one more reality of modern life.

Read nutrition labels carefully. Guard your identity from theft. Don’t walk down dark alleys. Be aware of your surroundings and be very vigilant about where your cursor is.

Thanks to all who offered comments and suggestions.

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  • MARYJEANSL
    I have a cursor problem with my laptop which has caused numerous annoying situations like yours. Actually, my son says it isn't the cursor itself, it's the pad. Apparently, wherever the cursor may be, if I tap ever so lightly on the pad, it is a click to the computer. Reeeeeeeally drives me crazy on those occasions when I try to play minesweeper. Perhaps it is the computer's way of telling me that there are better ways to spend my time.

    I have to say, though, that it seems very strange to me that clicking on an ad - an AD - would add whatever is in the ad to your nutrition tracker. Since when? If I were to click on, say, an ad for an entire turkey, would the whole turkey be put into my tracker? Insane!
    1048 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    This cracked me up:

    "I had no friends except for Spark Guy and it was his JOB to be my friend. "

    I like the Sparkpoints because when I see my number, I know I've done a good job to stay accountable and present. I have Sparkfriends that started at the same time as me, or later, who have half what I do, and haven't been as successful. See how that works?

    I like Sparkpeople because each of us can participate to the level that works for us!

    OH, and I was on Sparkrecipes today and OUT OF NOWHERE an ad starts talking to me about Minute Rice! I couldn't find where it was so I finally had to turn off the volume on my computer. Yeah, annoying. I immediately thought of you! emoticon
    1049 days ago
  • MERRYMARY42
    glad to hear you got some satisfaction
    1051 days ago
  • WATERMELLEN
    It's reassuring that SP responded and helped . . . makes us all feel a bit better!! The curse of the cursor . . .
    1051 days ago
  • RICKISMOM1
    LOL! Will have to be carefull!.........
    1051 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    I love the tech support they are really helpful.
    1051 days ago
  • STRIVERONE
    There is a similar situation with the Facebook and Pinterest sharing buttons to the left of the nutrition tracker search box. It's really annoying to be put into the pinning process in a new tab just because I stepped out of bounds when selecting a favorite.
    1051 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    I wonder how many millions of Sparkers there are? And how much they would need from each of us?

    I would be willing to pay a small fee ($5 a month? $10?) to get rid of the ads. They are getting more and more intrusive. Have you had the one that scrolls in front of what you are trying to read???? GRRR.
    1051 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Same thing happened here on my tracker. Another thing that has happened is that even though I have signed on every day this year and tracked faithfully my log-in tracker streak is 3 or 4 days short. Sometimes on my Nutrition Tracker I will have recorded after each meal and in the evening when I look at the pie charts for a quick visual the data will be gone! Each time it has returned after a PC reboot. But, emoticon
    1051 days ago
  • CELIAMINER
    I was mad enough at Green Giant when it happened to me that I changed brands.
    1051 days ago
  • DR1939
    It certainly doesn't encourage me to buy that product.
    1051 days ago
  • SMILES4383
    I use Moxilla Firefox w/ ad blocker -- it was the only way to eliminate those pesty ads.
    I had a Green Giant Pea ad crash my PC and that was the end of that.
    Moxilla is wonderful.
    I SEE NOTHING ~ emoticon
    1051 days ago
  • WUMPASTAR
    Well, I must admit their marketing I find stupid and most people probably do, too. But it's probably someone who's never been on SP who designed this, and who thinks it's a brilliant idea. Let's give them credit for trying..? :P
    1051 days ago
  • SUZYMOBILE
    Too funny! At least it was veggies and not 20 servings of Reese's! This happened to me a few times with I forget what product and it's sure annoying!
    1051 days ago
  • KRISZTA11
    Interesting story...
    Now, after reading the last chapter I remember this happened once to me too,
    but that was in the summer or so, but I didn't care much as I didn't track food at that time.
    Great you found out about it!
    1051 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    glad you got it answered!
    1051 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Yay for losing the giant (he was in my way a lot too!)
    1051 days ago
  • NELLJONES
    I have the same problem, mostly on days when pages load slowly. The thing I think I click on is superceded by whatever is there after fully loading.
    1051 days ago
  • KANOE10
    My green Giant Ad is gone this am. I am glad you got an explanation!
    1051 days ago
  • TERI-RIFIC
    In the EARLY days of the internet I used to actually write to companies and tell them that their ads were so annoying that I would never buy their product. What really annoyed me yesterday was a jingle (and I can't remember the product) that just started playing out of nowhere and I couldn't find anywhere to click to stop it. Weird. ( I remember now -( BELVITA) How about the ad to buy Nicole's DVD at Wal Mart to get 250 points and Wal Mart doesn't have it!!


    1051 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/18/2014 7:48:16 AM
  • MAUREENREDUX
    I understand that the ads are annoying, but it is a way to keep the site free.
    1051 days ago
  • GINIEMIE
    Glad they got back to you. Sorry I commented on your page before reading this blog. It's funny that the ad is gone.
    I'll watch the hovering cursor. Geez and you thought you were just perusing a site!
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    1051 days ago
  • JAROL7
    If you download "adblock plus" it sure makes life easier on SP.
    1051 days ago
  • JSTETSER
    You're right.
    We all have clicked on the Green Giant.
    I seem to end up clicking lots of ads when I use my IPad with Spark.
    1051 days ago
  • DRLMAZ
    Thanks for sharing
    1051 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    emoticon I, too, have found those Green Giant ads annoying... and I find TABLETS annoying and touchpads annoying that "interpret" a hover as a click! I turn my touchpad on my laptop off and attach a regular mouse via USB port because I so dislike that touchpad.

    Glad you got an "explanation" and I hope Spark People listens, and for that matter the Green Giant ad people listen: you are making your potential customers ANGRY! Do you read us?

    Thank you!
    1051 days ago
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