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The 8 worst things about the web

There's plenty in Web 2.0 that's archaic and annoying

The web has evolved but we still see sites pulling the same obnoxious stunts that annoyed us in 1994. Here are out 8 biggest annoyances about the net.

5. Suggested friends/Twitter accounts to follow

I get it - Facebook is a social experience, and if you're just signing up for a new account, it can be a pain to populate your Friends list. That's why you can just add a few friends and let Facebook recommend friends who share some of your contacts. The same goes for Twitter, and undoubtedly several other social networking sites. Convenient, right?

Sure it is, except that for anyone who has been on Facebook for a while, the list of suggested friends reads less like a helpful collection of long-lost pals and more like a rogues' gallery of exes, frenemies, and other people you'd rather not keep in touch with. That is to say, if you and someone else have 100 mutual friends and neither of you has reached out to the other on Facebook, there's probably a good reason for it.

6. Poorly targeted advertisements

Note to website operators: You need to show ads to pay for your site and make money? Fine with me. But if you're going to stick me with tracking cookies to figure out what I'm interested in or use my Facebook profile information to sell me stuff, you could at least make the ad targeting more effective (or, ideally, get better advertisers).

Instead, I'm seeing rows and rows of ads that range from boring ('Violent RPG Game') to downright bizarre (Jamie Lee Curtis has a line of children's books?). Furthermore, since I know these ads display according to the information in my Facebook profile, it's almost kind of insulting - and I'm not getting barraged by ads for birth control, baby-photo contests, and weight-loss products, like most of the women I know on Facebook.

What's more, apparently you site operators expect me to do your job for you and tell you which ads I don't like. That's just...lazy.

7. Asking to publish on Facebook everything one buys, eats or comments about

Sharing drives the new web - but that doesn't mean I want to dump everything I type somewhere on the web into my Facebook feed for all my friends to see.

After all, if I wanted my friends to know what I thought of the Mexican restaurant on the corner of my road, I'd share on Facebook the Yelp review I wrote - and if I wanted them to know my opinion of every single business establishment I have ever visited, I'd add them as a friend on Yelp. If I wanted them to know I was buying an HDTV, instant curry and a beer for my Saturday night in, I'd mention it in a Facebook status update. But never in a million years would I want to automatically share all of that with my hundreds of Facebook friends. So quit asking.

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