Even with an Ad Blocker, people have to be noticing the annoying crap being added to websites these days.
There are idiotic floating Feedback tabs off to the side.
There are idiotic Social Banners at the bottom.
And then there’s the abomination I ran into today at Salon, which immediately made me think about how the Internet will change for the worse — because of the iPad.
Oh, it’s not the iPad’s fault, mind you. But it will enable more crap.
This time, worse crap!
The iPad will be at the forefront of that change.
And web designers will be tasked with creating a new set of abominations.
Here is what happened to me at Salon today.
I went to an article:
That’s a typically fugly, cluttered layout. But wait. Notice this area:
At some point, when I scroll down the text, that area moves up …
and then it sticks!
That’s a persistent ad.
That led me to think about what will happen when sites are — inevitably! — redesigned for touchscreens.
Will will be looking at sites designed like this?
One-third to maybe even one-half of the screen taken up by an ad!
But wait! It gets worse!
What if that’s a revolving ad? After every X number of seconds, it changes?
What if it’s a Google-like ad, that senses keywords in the text and changes to reflect that?
Even worse: What’s if it’s a damned animated ad, as we see on YouTube?
How are we going to be able to concentrate on reading with that clutter?
And all of you people looking at this on Macs — hey, I also went to the Salon article with Safari for Windows. That damned ad was there in that browser too! So, is it possible it’ll also be in Safari for the iPad? (Right now, X number of you are rushing to your iPhones to find this out. Leave a Comment — as if I must ask?)
The Internet is going to change.
The important question to consider with the coming of the iPad is this: Are we all going to put up with it changing for the worse?