Pop up windows - when you arrive, when you leave, when you click
to another page! It's an epidemic!
I was at a site today where they started coming up so fast and
so many that it froze my browser and I had to hit Control, Alt
and Delete in order to close a couple of them so I could get
back in control.
You use to see a couple here and there but now they are
everywhere and they are getting to be a pain. Little ones, big
ones, ones that come up half on the screen so you have to
actually drag it before you can close it! Others that are small
but have a full size page inside but you can't read it unless
you enlarge the window! There are narrow ones that go across the
top of the screen and there are those that are larger than your
monitor screen so that you can't get to the upper right corner
to click that little "X" to close the darn thing.
And now I find that I will close my browser and guess what,
there is a sneaky one that is lurking on my desk top waiting for
me, like a stalker, from a site I visited a half hour ago!
It is getting to be like an arcade game, they pop up and I shoot
them down. I am getting pretty quick with my mouse pointer. What
I need is a laser mouse so I can close them quicker :>)
Then there are the sites with the fancy flash programs. They
have the pop up that wants you to download the Flash player. And
that comes up a couple of times. First of all, I have the darn
player and secondly hopefully there is a link there so I can
bypass the Flash presentation. Otherwise I just click away
because I really don't want to see it. I went to a site the
other day because I had to get some contact information. I had
to sit through a four minute presentation to get into the site
because there was no other way.
Then there are the sites that you go to and you get a page that
says - "This site requires that you have cookies enabled" and
you can't get to the site content. They must get so much traffic
that they can afford to turn some away.
Yes, we have one pop up at our main site but it will only come
up once when you leave the main page and it will not come up for
that visitor for the next twenty-four hours not matter how many
times he or she clicks around at the site.
Well if you want to make sure that after you spend all those
resources to get people to come to your site that they don't
come back, make sure you use all these fancy Flash
presentations, lot's of pop ups and cookies and great big
graphics so if they do get into your page it takes forever to
load completely. What ever happened to keep it simple!
It is a lot quicker to "click" away with a mouse than Ann from
"The Weakest Link" can say "Good Bye" although the result is the
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