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June 1st, 2007, 06:39 AM #1Integrated Media and an Old Argument
So I just clicked on the Qoof banner on display here at good old ABW, and when I got to the site, I spilled coffee all over my desk.
There's an alarming tendency in companies/webmasters auto-playing videos and audio files now when pages load.
Not only did it cause me to spill my coffee, but it caused me to hit the back button very quickly... (Actually I closed the browser).
I remember when the internet was in it's infancy (it's such an old dog now), people would play charming little MIDI files on their home pages. Those websites were always rainbow colored, and proudly displayed that 1265 people had been to their site.
Yeah, I hated those MIDI files too.
Let's not forget... Many people shop (sneakily mind you) while they're at work... Don't make them close their browsers before they buy! No need for their boss to hear a speech on shoes, or videos, or whatever coming from their accounts payable person's cubicle...
June 1st, 2007, 06:52 AM #2
Couldn't agree with you more. Auto-play video and audio is really annoying. Moreover, in many cases there is no mute button either.
June 1st, 2007, 07:04 AM #3Originally Posted by Noth
Originally Posted by Noth
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June 1st, 2007, 10:45 AM #4
I totally agree with the comments about auto-play audio and video. Thankfully, there are some website managers that do understand... one of the local newspapers recently redesigned their website and now the most prominent story on the front page is a video, but the visitors to the site have to hit the play button before anything happens.
A richer online experience is nice, but the haphazard addition of multimedia doesn't automatically create a good user experience.
June 1st, 2007, 12:20 PM #5
Reminds me of that email that was being passed around a few years ago...it said something to the effect that "this is an important message so be sure to turn up the volume on your speakers"...when you opened the audio file it yelled "hey everybody, I'm watching porn over here" (yeah i fell for it).
June 1st, 2007, 01:05 PM #6
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Auto play gets a back button click most times in my book. It gets a back button click 100% of the time on a shopping site. It is annoying and amateurish.
June 1st, 2007, 02:49 PM #7
One big "DITTO" from me. Immediate back button...Eathan Mertz
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June 4th, 2007, 09:10 AM #8
Yeah, it's a dead give away that you are only partially focused with the person you're talking to on the phone. For some reason my family hates it when I'm on the computer and talking to them on the phone. They always ask, semi-pissed-off "Are you on the computer!" and of course I always say, "errr..no.." It IS possible to do two things at once (isn't it?)
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