Browser Cookies

I’ve stopped eating a lot of cookies.

Generally, Mozilla prompts me to accept a cookie and I decline. Sometimes, a website gets upset and sends me an angry message “You have to have cookies to use this site!”

But, there is another way. NetFlix wants you to eat the cookies, but instead of saying “Eat the cookie, goofball!” they give you an ad: “Look at what you can get by using NetFlix. Want it? Eat the cookie!”

The difference, of course, is that they are trying to persuade me to stay instead of scaring me off. Because there are times when I just decide I’m not that interested in what the website has, and I’ll leave without chowing down.

Take a lesson, webmasters! Persuade rather than coerce.

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