Snark: 10 Most Annoying Programs on the Internet

this is brilliant. The Ten Most Annoying Programs (click on Next Image to start the ‘reviews’) on the Internet. So Snarky. So True. But is anyone listening? Especially Adobe – all your products come under that heading, in my book.


There’s nothing wrong with Flash, provided you don’t use it to construct web sites where people want to find information, navigate easily or do anything beyond passively consume exactly what you choose to give them in exactly the way you’ve decided. There’s also nothing wrong with using it for a splendid splash screen replete with movies, sound and animation — if you don’t mind frustrating, annoying and possibly even driving away people who might, just might, have something better to do.

In fact, Flash-based web sites are quite possibly one of the most useful pieces of network technology around. Like heroin or microlights, they ensure that those who think it’s a good idea aren’t around to annoy us for too long.

I have a life long hatred of Flash for anything other than embedding user generated content. As does Dr Jakob Nielsen (usability guy), by the sounds of it (BBC article) .

The annual report into web habits by usability guru Jakob Nielsen shows people are becoming much less patient when they go online.

Instead of dawdling on websites many users want simply to reach a site quickly, complete a task and leave.

Most ignore efforts to make them linger and are suspicious of promotions designed to hold their attention.

Hallelujah. Even if the thing we want to do online is interactive with our peers, shoving videos and swirling flash thingummies is annoying after the first time. Or even before… And yes I include Video Advertising – what a lot of rubbish that its the future of revenue generation in social networks online!


And talking of Yahoo. Please stop. Please stop trying to take over my email, my search engine, my home page. Please stop ‘updating’ your IM client to include more emoticons, animations, noises and whatnot — or at least have the good grace to produce a grown-ups’ edition I can use at work without feeling like I should still be reading Smash Hits. And yes, when I ask to exit the software, that’s because I really want to, not because I’m having a crisis of doubt.

And there is absolutely no point in a toolbar that just replicates all the options on your web site’s front page. Not unless you want to come across as the sort of shrill, desperate, needy software company that makes big noises about user relationships but in fact knows less about its users than the Queen does about shopping in Lidl.

I could go on and on, but why post the whole ten when you can read them at TechRepublic? I like that they took the time and energy to give the screenshots. I became aware that I would unconsciously give a shudder of distaste when I saw those images appear in front of me. True.

Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

One thought on “Snark: 10 Most Annoying Programs on the Internet

  1. 🙂 Right on about Flash websites.

    Flash does allow for a good interactive presentations (besides ads). It’ll soon be available for mobile phones and might be useful in designing a better UI.
    Keeping both fingers crossed.

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