[thelist] breitbart.com on-the-fly link generation

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Tue Aug 1 10:22:24 CDT 2006

> The page pulls in a Javascript file from this source:
> http://www.tacoda.com/
> I haven't gone through it in detail, but this is particularly annoying
> form of "targeted marketing" whereby Tacoda have some kind of database
> of terms, and I think they charge clients for these terms to link to
> them.
> For example, "tissue paper" might be related to "Kleenex", if Kleenex
> pay for it. They then pay content creators to pull this data in from
> Tacoda, via the script link at the top of breitbart's page.
> The script trawls the page for associated keywords, and inserts the
> links using unobtrusive javascript methods.

These do pop up (pun intended) all over the place lately, and were one
of the reasons I stopped writing articles for
http://www.devarticles.com/. I don't want my texts to be riddled with
irrelevant links.

Chris Heilmann
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