Browsing LinkedIn With Intrusive Ads

December 6th, 2008 | by Jason Alba |

Yuck… this isn’t a super-big deal but one of my pet peeves…

I was browsing a new connection’s Profile when an ad popped up (I use that term lightly), forcing me to close it before I could move on.

I don’t know how long this has been happening in LinkedIn, but it’s the first I remember seeing it… I hope this doesn’t last long :(

  1. 5 Responses to “Browsing LinkedIn With Intrusive Ads”

  2. By Prakash on Dec 8, 2008 | Reply

    With you on that.These ads are quite intrusive and the close button seems to be tucked away in some invisible corner.Took some time to find and close.

  3. By Daiv Russell on Dec 8, 2008 | Reply


    I think it’s because LinkedIn lets their advertisers just check in any old sort of Flash scripts. Some can be loud and obnoxious, others do pop-outs (like SafeCount), and so forth. Until they are shown to NOT pull new participants, or enough people actually complain to LinkedIn, I doubt LinkedIn will do anything to change it. They may not even know the advertiser is doing it.

  4. By Paul Zagoridis on Dec 10, 2008 | Reply

    It’s been happening for a long time.

    As a result I switched to Firefox 3 with NoScript installed. I only allow content from and I don’t get any poorly behaved flash ads.

    As a result linkedin is really fast for me as I no longer get all those ads.

  5. By Dave Manchester on Dec 30, 2008 | Reply

    Paul, I’m with You on that! Firefox with NoScript is the only way to go – because You can allow only what You want to see. Other handy add-ons I use: FEBE (backup FF plugins environment), ZOTERO (awesome for research and snapshots) and Web Developer.

    If I had to deal with popup ads on LinkedIn, I would not use LinkedIn.


  6. By www on Dec 31, 2008 | Reply

    Just exchanged email with linkedin support about popping up on site. It appears that they have no clue of what’s going on here. Pretty sad.

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