Advertising, rich media, and….trendy sexuality?!?!? (a stealthy Urban Dictionary prank?)
For a while now, Urban Dictionary has been randomly redirecting to the (NSFW) entry for EyeBlaster. No, not the former digital advertising company, now known as MediaMind – but instead the vulgar description for a sexual act. At first I thought this one of my friends pulling a prank, however no new chrome extensions had been installed.
I thought, this must be some kind of internet-wide prank, but there was no sudden mention of the redirect on twitter, and there weren’t any discussions thereof…..anywhere. After some investigation, I came across a single YouTube video of someone else experiencing this:
Now also notice, it’s tagged “rich media” — which suggests to me that the author knew what’d happen
I figured that Urban Dictionary’s Query string/return was simple enough that a small conflict could case the eyeblaster redirect. Lastly, these redirects were inconsistent and appeared unintentional (with respect to urbandictionary) – therefore it must be a third-party! Certainly then, another party running the same code should suffer from the same effect
….and this is where I discover the connection between Mediamind, Eyeblaster, and redirects.
In the month since I first discovered this oddity, there has been some buzz about the eyeblaster redirect affecting blogs and other websites, confirming that this is a third-party phenomenon.