20091223

Problem ID: 780514689040189263
Entered by: Ben Simo
Is there a problem here?  

When advertising breaks functionality



TwitPic is an ad-supported service for sharing photos on Twitter. It appears that when the Alaska Airlines advertisement above is displayed, some of the TwitPic functionality disappears.

If you don't see the problem, or aren't familiar with TwitPic's functionality, take a look at the image below.

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The thumbnails for browsing photos and some other functionality appears to be hidden below the advertisement instead of displayed below the advertisement.

As a user, I see a problem that interferes with my using the product. Although, I can refresh the web page and get a different advertisement and the hidden functionality reappears.

From the perspective of TwitPic or Alaska Airlines, might there be good reason to not fix this now? What if the advertisement was hidden by application links instead of the advertisement covering the links?

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