17 Aug 2010
AOL Keywords 2.0
I only noticed last night that the latest Vauxhall Corsa TV ads show a Facebook URL at the end rather than a Vauxhall one.
If it works in getting traffic and engagement then great, but it does all feel a bit like a regression to the 1990s. You may or may not remember AOL keywords, which were sometimes used in ads to direct users of the then-popular service, before people abandoned the walled garden and URLs took over.
So not only is Facebook trying to recreate an AOL-like parallel internet where users stay within it for social networking, messaging, micro-blogging, photo sharing, etc. (while leaking as much personal data as possible out of the walled garden to search engines), it’s now also being used in advertising in a similar way. Ugh.
(See also: ads that tell the user to “Search online for…”, which probably works well in some cases but can be risky or expensive)