This is a seriously disturbing thing and I hope it’s not a trend.
I was reading a post and saw this:
And it went on like that throughout the post.
Just this week I’ve had encounters here — and I won’t point out the people, because the individuals are not the point — where two people could not find links in my posts even though the links were the first things in those posts.
This isn’t the first time this has happened, either.
What’s going on here? Do people think links are just decorative and aren’t meant to be clicked on?
Maybe this explains why I can have a post with monster traffic yet no one bothers to click on the links inside that post to view the original material I’ve quoted or to investigate what I’m pointing them to.
How many others out there have come across this phenomenon?
Is the future of the Internet the kind of text I’ve shown above, where links have to be called links and set off from text?
What’s next? Will buttons on touchscreens need to have Press This on them otherwise people will think those are just decorations too?
This has very serious UI/UX repercussions. For example, the (more…) prompt that interrupts this post (and others) when viewed from this blog’s home page, should I change that to Click Here To Read More Of This Post?
I’d like to hear from others about this.
And if you’ve seen this on your site, do a post so I’m not standing here alone with this!