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    Analytics Dude Kevin's Avatar
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    Integrated 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.

    STOP IT!

    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...
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    Couldn't agree with you more. Auto-play video and audio is really annoying. Moreover, in many cases there is no mute button either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    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.
    Not a good start... Get another one, Kevin! Twice as strong too...

    Quote Originally Posted by Noth
    There's an alarming tendency in companies/webmasters auto-playing videos and audio files now when pages load.
    I hate that too. I was on a conference call with a prospective client, their programmer and someone else yesterday, and went to their website to check something... I should know better to turn those speakers off... Those video- and audio-files set at auto-start are always annoying, and absolutely unnecessary. If you think you need to have them there - let it be the site visitor's decision to turn them on! C'mon, opting-in as an option has always been a part of good online manners!

    Geno

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    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.

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    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).

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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.


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    One big "DITTO" from me. Immediate back button...
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    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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