Digital Life

Auto-Play Emails: My Bane On The Web

Reading “With Autoplay On, Turkey Assassination Video Shocks Twitter” reminded me of one of the things I’ve hated on the web for ages: auto-play email.

Now, what I’ve long loathed is the simple nuisance of the videos blaring audio. What’s even better is when a site has multiple-autoplay videos on their site (like a news article and an ad). The noise and caucaphony drives me bats.

Now, though, here’s another, more powerful reason to end this practice. You’re scrolling through your Facebook or Twitter feed and your hit with a murder. There’s nothing more crass or brutal to just stumble upon.

If good taste nor good, thoughtful design won’t get the powers-that-be to end this practice, perhaps getting dinged with PTSD suits will.

End auto-play videos: it’s good for us all.