letao says: As someone who's used Tumblr for years, along with Twitter, I feel having in-stream ads spaced between my curated feed is perfectly fine. It's a free service. I feel there's a lot of entitlement that comes with using social media, but it helps to remember that they are free to the consumer, in exchange for advertising. Otherwise they wouldn't exist!
» SFB says: Exactly my feeling. Wouldn’t be opposed to paying a couple bucks each month to get them removed, though. But I recommend that anyone considering using ad-blocking software check out this 2010 article by Ars Technica which I think is encapsulates why it’s not fair to creators. At the time, Ars Technica was feeling the pinch from such ad blockers because their site’s audience is so tech-savvy that many of their readers were using it. I understand why people hate ads, I understand the moral and privacy reasons that people are upset by advertising, but I also know at the end of the day it’s the best thing that most content-producing sites have for making a buck. Smart people in boardrooms and skunkworks labs have spent the past two decades working to figure out a plan B, and we’ve only gotten as far as plan AAA. I don’t begrudge anyone for disagreeing with me, but that’s my stance. — Ernie @ SFB