Most Annyoing Things On the Internet

Last Revised on November 3, 2007

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The Web is Broken. That’s what the title of the PC world survey says. The survey tries to find out what problems they have accumulated from the online forums people think is most annoying on the internet. They were able to collect top 10 annoying things online:

10. Boring Virtual Worlds: 25 percent of the survey takers said that they aren’t bothered by the quality of virtual worlds. The biggest virtual world, Second Life, has experienced a lower rate of traffic growth since its October 2006 peak even though the social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook keeps on rising. Many newcomer to virtual worlds also leave after having trouble with the avatar and communication in the virtual world and they never come back. As of October 7, 2007, only 1.3 million (13 percent) of the total users had logged in during the 30 days. And only about 338,000 of them had logged in during the previous seven days.

9. Disappointing Web Video: The picture quality and quantity of the video being uploaded on the web may be getting better and better; however, the quality of the video content continue to deteriorate. This might deter people from looking too much at the videos on the internet. Some websites even try to charge users a fee for viewing their video content.

8. The Expense of E-Books: Publishing and distributing books is paper hard cover format cost good amount of money. But publishing an ebook in an electronic format is a lot cheaper that its counterpart paper book. No paper, no ink, no shipping cost; so why sometimes a digital e-book cost as much as a hard paper book?

7. Web 2.0 Help Doesn’t Help: Web 2.0 technology is supposed to help deliver useful applications in complicated and interactive Web interfaces. But once you click on Help section, that’s a dead end. If you don’t find the right information on Web 2.O help, then where do you go? The FAQ and help pages on most sites fail to address common but confusing problems more specifically like it should be.

6. Buying Event Tickets: Ticketmaster.com, the world’s largest ticketing agent, adds a $9 “convenience charge” to the price of every $32.50 ticket for a concert in San Francisco, for example, plus a $4.90 “processing fee” on top of every order. So if you buy one ticket, you pay 42 percent of the face value of the ticket in fees to Ticketmaster! In contrast, assuming that the show isn’t sold out, you can buy the same ticket at the Civic Auditorium box office sans convenience fees for $32.50–a savings of nearly $14.

5. Trolls in Forums: Hiding behind the anonymity of their web alias, people disrupt useful discussions with unwanted rants, personal insults, and abusive language, deliberately making the forum regular visitors to get into pointless controversial discussion.

4. Need for Standards: The historical origin of the web standards problem arise from Internet Explorer’s incomplete (and sometimes incorrect) support for the core standards that are used to build Web pages. Because IE has the largest market share among browsers, many Web designers build pages not to conform to standards, but to conform to IE. With Firefox’s success, more and more sites (with the notable exception of some Microsoft sites) work properly in Mozilla’s browser. But that leaves users of Opera or Safari out in the cold still. From online banking applications to newer Web 2.0-style sites, pages may not load properly on all browsers, which forces people to use different browsers for different sites.

3. Overcommercialization of the Web: Interstitials ads; pop-ups; pop-unders; noisy Flash commercials; strobe-lit banner ads; video ads that load without user action are seriously annoying. Microsoft and Mozilla can try to block animations or video ads from taking complete control of a Web page and obscuring the content a web surfer is trying to view instead of having volunteer developers to develop such plugin or add ons for the web browsers.

2. Difficult Online Forms: Filling out a simple form online often times lead to an endless cycle of annoying browser refreshes. While filling out the form, if we skip one of the required fields, we then sometimes end up having to start all over again. That sucks.

1. Dubious Privacy Policies: Many business-focused Web sites especially in the health and financial services field collect sensitive private information from us. Majority of these sites have established and laid out their privacy policies regarding what the site collects. But the jargon in these policies is often laid on so thick that consumers can’t understand it.

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