Tag Archive for ‘Elliot Clowes’

Ad Blocking People and Non-Ad Blocking People Experience a Very Different Web ➝

Elliot Clowes:

According to this article 27% of American internet users use an adblocker (which seems a little high to me). But either way, the 73% are experiencing a very different internet. And it’s a far, far worse one.

The internet these days has lost a lot of its charm, and I personally don’t find it quite as fun to browse as I once did. But I think without the help of an adblocker I would find it much worse.

For the longest time, I didn’t run an ad blocker on my work computer. I wanted to make sure that the websites I visited were loading without any alteration, since I was often helping online publishers with problems related to how their site was displaying. But the web without an ad blocker is completely miserable.

I switched to Brave earlier this month, which has built-in ad blocking that I left on as an experiment. And I was much happier because of it. Although I want website makers to be able to earn a living from their work, there must be a better way — a way that doesn’t involve privacy-invasive, obtrusive advertisements.

➝ Source: imlefthanded.com

The Flashing Webpages ➝

Elliot Clowes:

I’ve noticed more and more websites now only loading images on a page when you scroll to down to them. It’s called ‘Lazy Loading‘ and I hate it. I’m all for saving bandwidth and improving page loading times but this trend is incredibly annoying.

I completely understand why web developers choose to use lazy loading on their sites, it’s heavily encouraged by Google in their Page Speed Insights tool and is commonly suggested in online guides as a way to improve load times. But using lazy loading is often times exactly as its name suggests — lazy. It doesn’t lead to a good experience for site visitors and doesn’t actually accomplish what should be the end goal — sensibly sized web pages that load fast.

The problem is that the right way to do things isn’t easy. The task of properly sizing and optimizing images is tedious. And it’s often difficult to know what can safely be cut from your design without being a detriment to the site. But those time consuming and difficult tasks are really what needs to be done, not simply enabling lazy loading.

➝ Source: imlefthanded.com