Web Mail – Ad Free
As a small, mom & pop site, we know how important ads are to our revenue stream; we’re pretty sure it’s important to other small sites like ours. That’s why we are not generally in favor of ad-blockers; they punish small sites and don’t really affect the big boys because the big boys always find ways to block ads.
There’s one site where ads actually limit the view and become quite irritating and that site is Gmail. We love Gmail but we sometimes find the ubiquitous ads annoying and when they seem to reflect the contents of an email, spooky! Now before your paranoia grabs you, no one at Gmail is reading your mail and pushing the “car ads”, “weight loss ads” “liquor ads” button just because the email you just received contained references to someone’s 2010 Ford Fusion, and how they had trouble squeezing behind the wheel because they’ve grown so fat and so depressed from being fat they’ve taken to drinking vodka and bourbon.
If for nothing more than aesthetics getting rid of the ads on Gmail pages is a good thing – and we assure you, Google’s not going belly up because you blocked the ads on your Gmail account pages…now you knew that right? Google makes more money in one hour than Cloudeight will make in a century and I’m sad to say we’re not going to make it to the century mark – we would be in our 130’s and 140’s and I’m sure even if we did live to that age, you wouldn’t want to read what we’d right then – I mean who wants to read about our bathroom habits, the best brand of prune juice, the best brand of diapers and stuff like? No! No! No! We will never write a newsletter called Geriatric Premium by Cloudeight – even though EB has suggested it several times — she’s always looking for a new angle.
Seriously, if you use Gmail and you use Google Chrome there is a safe, clean, extension you can add to Chrome that will make the ads on Gmail pages disappear and won’t affect anything else – you can compose and send email as you have always done – you can receive and read email as you’ve always done. The only thing missing is the advertisements – and we know you can live without them – and so can Google.
Sound interesting? Yeah? Really? OK!
And note, dear friends, that this fine Chrome extension not only blocks ads on Gmail, it blocks ads on Hotmail & Outlook.com as well as Yahoo Mail. Yahoo Mail – yuck! Yahoo might need your ad revenue though – they are always losing money.Micro$oft’s Outlook.com/Hotmail and Google? Not so much. So you just worry about you and let them figure out what to do about the $1.01 per week they’re losing because you didn’t see their ads. Heck that’s $52.52 a year Micro$oft, Google, or Yahoo would be losing. If you feel sorry for any of them, just send a check for $52. 52 every January 1st – that will ease your guilt and keep them in business (you think?).
Anyway to get this very useful extension for Chrome just go to this page and install it. If you are not using Chrome, you know you could if you really wanted to. And if you don’t use Chrome and don’t want to, then we hope at least you’ve been amused.