Google begins placing email-like ads inside Gmail inbox


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Google has begun testing a new form of advertising for a small portion of Gmail users, delivering email-like ads inside the "Promotions" tab of the new three-tabbed Gmail inbox. This particular form of ads differs from what was previously seen...

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I just removed the extra tabs, it seems a seriously pointless design. I'm happy with a basic inbox and don't intend to use the additions, I'm sure many others will do the same.

Just simply in the options choose Inbox and deselect the others, it goes back to being a basic inbox instead. You still get the emails I'm sure, they just feel like sorting them it seems. Guess it's good for those, who really like easy access to certain emails.


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The Dark Knight nailed it "You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain." It's the beginning of the end! Get out your Tin foil hats, put on your armadill'a underpants and get your bomb shelter ready, the internet giant that is Google is going to enslave us all!


I will move myself and all my thousands of GMail\Google Apps clients to Microsoft if Goog tries to force this behavior on our inbox. It will be the beginning of the end of Google in my world.


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I don't mind the ad's as long as they're placed behind the 'promotions' tab which I've disabled. If they appear in my inbox I'll report them as spam and block them.


I too will now have to delete my promotions tab. I didn't mind having it because it kept some of the spam like content separate from the main inbox. If they hadn't treated it like spam even it might have worked. Instead of having the checkbox on the left side of the "ads" like regular emails you either have to open the message or on the very right is the "X" to get rid of it. If it had the simple checkbox like normal at least I could delete them easily and I wouldn't be too bothered. The ads just seem too forced. I'd rather pay a yearly fee for a special version of gmail than deal with damn ads. It's bad enough that we all have to deal with spam in email, which gmail has always been exceptional at blocking, but now we have to deal with purposely put spam right in our email permnantly placed at the top none the less. /sigh


What do they think is going to happen when eventually one of those ads contains malware and somebody clicks on it because they look like emails? that could ruin somebody's computer, and it definitely brings distrust to google. alot of college websites use a google-based email system, and that puts their security at risk too. why can't they just put the adds in their notification box and leave them there?