Techopedia Explains NickelbackingNickelbacking seems to have originated with a June 2012 post by a Mashable editor referencing a Tumblr link that led to a Nickelback redirect. Many other online venues have commented on the phenomenon, comparing it to an older meme known as Rickrolling, where the video used for this sort of bait-and-switch was a performance by pop icon Rick Astley.
One of the main criticisms of Nickelbacking is that the YouTube video in question contains a preview ad, which changes the entire dynamic of the interaction. Where other types of redirects feature videos that immediately spring up on a device, users viewing the Nickelback video need to wait through an ad to see the actual video clip.
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