Apple Under Fire For Sherlock 2 Ads
Posted on 19 Nov 1999
by Isaac (isaac)
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Sherlock Part 1: What is it?is a cool part of the MacOS which allows
users to search multiple sites from their computer. It doesn't reduce banner
ad revenue for sites providing plugins, because Sherlock plugins incorporate a
site's banners into the Sherlock results - or does it?
Well, yes and no. Yes if you're on Apple's small list of approved vendors, but
not so if you're the owner of a smaller site.
Tests by MacWEEK and members of the Sherlock-Talk mailing list show that
Sherlock 2 will "override ad banners in third-party plug-ins outside of
Apple's built-in set", and instead will display Apple ads with each search.
This change is undocumented (the original Sherlock allowed third-party
developers to include advertising data in their plug-ins), and leaves only
Apple and its approved vendors to reap ad revenue from Sherlock 2.
Manager of the Sherlock-Talk mailing list, Michael Ginsberg, noted that "If
Apple does not allow plug-in developers to control the banner ads viewed in
Sherlock, the number of plug-ins written for Sherlock 2 will be greatly
reduced," Ginsberg said.
Webmaster of Freedom UK, Pete Shaw agreed, adding "The default search sites
get their own banners displayed, but sites that want to support Sherlock would
have to give up their only source of revenue, which seems like a great shame.
I love the whole concept of Sherlock and want to be able to offer Freedom UK
visitors the ability to search its resources outside the browser, but I can't
see how I can support Sherlock 2 if the ad revenue is being blocked."
After using Apple hardware for most of the work done on Freedom UK, Shaw says
he feels particularly cheated.
MacWEEK reports: "Apple was not immediately available for comment." If anyone
spots a response from the company, please add information in a comment.
In the meantime, for more information, see:
Please note that evolt.org will continue to work at providing an evolt
plug-in for Sherlock, since obviously we do not depend on advertising revenue
to survive. However, it would have been nice to include a small evolt banner
ad in results - to help promote other services (thelist, the free site source
code, archives, etc) to web developers not yet aware of these.