What The _____?

Intersticials are the flash-based commercials that keep you from the page you actually want to view until the intrusive messaging plays out. Here’s the root of the now widely used industryism:
interstice \in-TUR-stus\, noun;
plural interstices \in-TUR-stuh-seez; -suz\:
1. A space between things or parts, especially a space between things closely set; a narrow chink; a crack; a crevice; an interval.
2. An interval of time.
Why would you ever choose to have interactive media go against its nature and become instrusive media? Pop ups, spam and intersticials are annoying and totally contrary to the user experience online. Online, the user has control. When you mess with that, you’re risking your firm’s reputation.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Disc golfer. Fan of Kurt Vonnegut, community radio and wolves in the wild. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp.