Daily Archives: June 14, 2014

All praise ClickHole

I hate seeing every other link shared on Facebook with something stupid.

Today, I saw a link shared with this headline:

Hands down… this is my absolute favorite talent show performance OF ALL…

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Yo Facebook, Ban Links With Fake Video Play Buttons

Samuel:

Well, the problem isn’t the misleading images. The problem is that you are clicking links to stupid things. Look at the first few examples. None of those grab my attention. None of that should be interesting. It’s dumb.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Oh, cute cat video? Let me watch that for a second in the News Feed. Click the play button. NOPE. It was a lie. Just a static image of a play button designed to dupe me into clicking out to some crappy website. Feed reading, interrupted. User experience, injured. Likelihood I’ll click legitimate videos in the future, diminished. Facebook. Seriously. This BS needs to stop.

I get it. Sites are trying to convey they have video content to share, so they stick a fake play button on the link preview thumbnail image. But what they really want is my ad views, and they’re willing to trick me to get them.

CAT COMMERCIAL

That play button is fake. ARRRGGGHH!

They could have put “Watch:” or “[Video]” in their link’s headline, but then I’d get to make the choice if I wanted to click away from Facebook to watch. Instead, they just make Facebook…

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‘The power of Twitter': Tesco removes anti-homeless spikes but remains in hot water

Samuel:

Anti-homeless spikes? Shame on you! Stop treating homeless people you do pigeons.

Originally posted on Twitchy:

As Twitchy reported, photos of spikes on sidewalks and ledges to deter the homeless from sleeping there caused a huge public backlash, with U.K. citizens calling the people behind the installations “disgusting” and “inhumane psychopaths.”

Other photos of “activists” pouring concrete over the spikes surfaced on Twitter days later, and today they show U.K. supermarket Tesco uninstalling the spikes entirely — a move journalist Ian Fraser attributed to “the power of Twitter.”

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