Setting up a Bellsouth dial-up account for my father, an acknowledged computer novice, was fun this holiday week (yes, I’m joking). However, the advertiser in me chuckled as the tech support wizard led me through the setup process.
Bellsouth´s tech support´s FIRST step in configuring my dial up settings was to have me remove whatever my current home page was and enter in “home.bellsouth.net” so I could "stay up to date with BellSouth´s features and services". Were it not so ridiculously funny I´d have blown a gasket! Before they´d even set up the part that would connect me to the world wide web, they made sure my home page was owned by them.
For someone like my Dad, they´d have owned his page forever. Of course, on this page that had all the features and services they promised, they also had a Google search feature (serving Google ads) and sponsored ads running down the side of the page.
Normally I wouldn´t have balked at this advertising. I think monetizing your website is smart. However, forcing someone to take your page every time they connect is just plain wrong, especially if you´ve monetized it.
The irony here is that Microsoft overrode the homepage settings and made itself default after all. Sorry Bellsouth, looks like there is a greater evil than you. 😉