One of my most used programs is Evernote. I use it all day, every day. From my Mac, my Ubuntu boxes, my Blackberry and my iPod touch. I’m a premium user which costs me $45/year. A reasonable price to me.
Last night, they updated the Mac client to include a small ad box in the lower left hand corner that serves some ads (and a bunch of really awesome features). It’s a small box and as a premium user I have a preferences option to disable it (which I did). There has been a minor uproar this morning about privacy issues and some people using the words “Evernote is adware”.
As of right now I have no reason to believe that they are mining my notes information to serve me ads (a privacy issue which would be a serious problem considering what they do as a service).
It’s standard practice for web services to have a free add supported version and an ad-free paid for version.
I’m not sure I see what the fuss is all about.
They provide a great service and want to make some money. What’s wrong with that?