I’d like to nominate Forbes.com as being the most annoying websites I’ve seen so far today. I have nothing good or bad to say against the printed magazine, or it’s content, but the website turned me way off.
For starters, the first thing I saw when I went to the site via an organic SE link was a full page flash add for Symantec. Clicking a box at the top of the screen allowed me to close their “welcome screen” as they called it and go to the content I actually wanted to read.
When the actual page opened a small flash video started to play at about 10% volume. This is not a post about whether you should auto play with volume or not – in most cases you should not auto play a video with sound on– but to post a video at 10% volume is both confusing and annoying as I couldn’t make out any words and further had no idea what application I had open was producing the whisper.
Forbes: Have some balls or don’t play. If your going to break the norm and play a video with sound the least you could do is default it so that I can hear it clearly as something Im not interested in and then turn it off.