Web users 'getting more selfish'

  peter99co 14:54 25 May 2008

People are becoming much less patient when they go online.

click here

Are you less patient?

Very frustrated with all the extras, such as widgets and applications, being added to sites to make them more friendly?

  €dstowe 15:19 25 May 2008

I don't think it's lack of patience with me so much as moving from an efficient site that gets you where you want to go in the shortest time to a hand cranked or steam driven one - and there are still plenty of those around.

I spent ages yesterday looking for PLS light fittings and associated control gear. I gave up in disgust at the inefficiency of the on-line electrical wholesalers (and retailers). I eventually went to my local lighting shop and managed to get one of what I wanted - the other twenty will be ready to collect on Tuesday.

  wiz-king 17:01 25 May 2008

For next time click here just a couple of clicks - sale/browse and then put psl in the search box.

  Forum Editor 17:06 25 May 2008

of sites which pretend that information can be fun, and fill their pages with inappropriate gizmos and enhancements.

Information sites are particularly difficult to design, for if they are to be truly effective they often have to be complex - and therein lies the rub. The skill required to design an information site so that it's easy to drill down to a specific fact, or archived document, or image is something that very few people have, and when you find such a site it's a joy to behold.

If you want to see an example of how it's done, take a look at The British Library site click here

Its home page is deceptively simple, yet behind that unassuming front door is a huge searchable database of 13 million documents and 10,000 site pages. Type in a few words - I used 'Anne Boleyn' and click on the fourth item down in the brown 'web pages' section. Within seconds you'll be looking at the letter which Anne Boley sent to her young half-brother in about 1553, telling him how she had been prevented from visiting him.

It's a wonderful example of how the internet, and a decent team of developers can link the 21st century to the 16th, almost in the blink of an eye.

  €dstowe 21:44 25 May 2008

It wasn't psl it was pls (G23) that I wanted but, either way your link didn't come up with the goods. Thanks for trying.

  Horik 13:51 26 May 2008

This story made me chuckle somewhat, as the headline belied the substance of the article.

I think that people have become more computer and internet savvy in recent years; they know what they want to do online and do it - not being distracted by a sites attempt to divert them or sell them something.

  lofty29 14:52 26 May 2008

What gets me is that you can put in something totally innocuous and end up being offered porn, the other day I was looking for imformation on a certain tropical fish, and was offered web sights about topless girls.

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