January 27th "Internet
habits and other web ‘things’ which bother me:"
you see a theme going for these past two days. It'll be out of my system
soon enough. Don't take offense if you like something on my hated lists...
- Read receipts for
every email, no matter what the importance is…
- Email responses
which appear at the end of the sent message. Thanks, I feel like scrolling
- Email responses
where the original message has been erased, especially the important
ones. What the hell did I say? I don’t always remember.
- Flash web sites:
do I have to go into this again? Yes! I love watching a progress bar
load on the front page. I love seeing lots of animation and photos with
little information. And give me a frame with a set of cute little arrows
to move up and down with, but don’t make it a real scroll bar:
limit the scroll speed to something agonizingly painful, or speed it
up so fast that I can’t ever read the middle portion of the text.
Your logo spinning in five different directions? Cool! Your hopeful
commerce web site tanking in the search engines because you don’t
understand the importance of 1 word of written text – EVEN BETTER.
- Web sites who
steal my content, word for word and photo for photo, and don’t
give one bit of credit to me, like this one:
These truly stupid people don’t even realize some of the information
they have posted is almost 6 months out of date. Oh, and isn’t
that the former director of my study abroad page there at the bar, or
perhaps my wife? Well, don’t worry, I’ll never catch on
that this is mine...love you honey!
- Meaningless icons
which help me visualize instead of read. Problem is your icons suck
and help me visualize visual clutter. Even better, give me a list of
40 icons, like the services and amenities in a hotel. Then add alt text
so I can mouse over all the ones which make no sense instead of reading
text the normal way.
- Fake search engine
results which lead me to another page with another set of non-relevant
results for a term.
- Websites which
open each link in a new window…when it leads to a section in their
own page. Try navigating through telefonica.net for a few minutes. Try
it here, and here
and here and here
and here and here.
Isn't that fun? Did I just cluttered up your desktop? Now see if you
can make it back to what you were reading first...
- Pop up windows
alerting me of a problem with my computer.
- All pop up windows.
- Cialis soft tabs,
mosrtgage re finan ce emails writte n with spa ces and speling error
s to avoid spam filte rs. My unclaimed lottery winnings or secret opportunity
to help Mr. Kawange P Nagabonga in the Republic of Nigeria, former Minister
of Spoilery, move the funds in the sum of $20 Million from his bank
to my country so I can claim 20%. Thank you Mr. Nagabonga, I do feel
God has blessed me with this opportunity and I won’t tell anyone
until you have my bank account information.
- Pre-selected check
boxes so I can receive your spam when signing up for something. Or have
me check a box to say I wish not to receive mailings. It doesn’t
matter, make it tricky.