It’s a particular gripe of mine when sites make me register just to read information that I have a passing interest in. I’ve seen it twice today and it’s made me wonder how many people actually go ahead and register. First up is the Irish Independent’s website, unison, which I reached from a link on blogorrah about Oxegen 2006. I’ve come across unison before but everytime I’ve been linked to it, the site demands my details to read a story. That’s just shit, I only want to read the information, not give you my email address for the privilege.
Next up was Lance Armstrong’s site. Now I’ve been reading his book, “It’s Not About The Bike, My Journey Back to Life” for the past few weeks. In fact, I just finished reading it a few minutes ago and decided to check out his site. On the front page they have various news stories about Lance which link in to the Paceline section of his site. Guess what, you need to register just to read news about him. 🙁 It’s totally unnecessary and has immediately turned me away from the site. Site owners need to wise up and stop requiring registration to view content. There are lots of valid uses for registration, in fact I’m signed up to more forums, blogs and shopping sites than I can count but when I’m browsing it’s like a brick wall.