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Dear @Jerusalem_Post – this is why @TimesofIsrael is cleaning your clock

Dear @Jerusalem_Post – this is why @TimesofIsrael is cleaning your clock

Both The Jerusalem Post and The Times of Israel have great content.

But I always go to The Times of Israel whenever possible.

The Jerusalem Post must hate its online readers, or at least take them for granted, because getting to the content is a real fight.

When I saw a link to an article at the Post on Twitter, this is what I saw above the fold after I fought through the pop-over and pop-up:

Jerusalem Post Story 5-9-2013

Apparently there is a story in there somewhere.

Here’s the home page above the fold:

Jerusalem Post Homepage 5-9-2013

Sure, I can scroll down to see some text, but why should I have to do that? Why should I have to fight just to read what you want me to read?

And why should I keep coming back when there are alternatives?

The Jerusalem Post seems to want to carve out a niche as the go-to news site for gluttons for punishment.

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Gpa Bear Reed | May 9, 2013 at 2:53 pm

I looked at the link you gave to the Jerusalem Post &, while there is obviously a great deal of marketing involved on their end, it was not nearly as obstructive on my system as it was on your screen shot.

There is a very simple means to block a significant amount of “junk” at marketed sites, but it does require the use of Mozilla Firefox with add-ons such as TrueBlock (enable every filter suitable for your region), Google/Facebook/Twitter Disconnect & Privacy Choice TrackerBlock.

Rather like fast-forwarding through the commercials (or watching television on the internet sans commercials), advertisers are paying for an audience the broadcaster is drawing but the audience is avoiding content which is irrelevant. So far, I don’t find that I’ve missed anything vital to my life by avoiding such content.

This doesn’t change the annoyance of JP selling so much of its space to advertisers, but it might be a welcome relief to those who seek desirable content without the distractions.

I block ads, they just annoy me. And that page had 15 trackers lurking on it.

Anon Y. Mous | May 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Speaking of things publishers could do to make things easier for their readers…

Have you ever visited PowerLine? They have a magazine style blog appearance, at least for their default view. But, they also have a button you can push to give you the old style blog view. No more having to click the read more link to read the whole articles. Once you are there, you can just scroll and read.

You used to have that blog view here, but since the redesign, you have to click the read more to see the end of any of the longer articles.

How about an option to have a blog style view?

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Anon Y. Mous. | May 9, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Every site I visit is increasingly loaded up with ads. I understand bills must be paid. One of my daily reads was Hot Air, until this week that is. Every time I go there now, the ads do something that knock me offline. I realize there’s an easy fix in my browser controls, but you know what? It’s a competitive market with plenty of other blogs offering the same and better than Hot Air offers, sites that don’t knock me offline, sites that don’t require me to adjust my life, however minutely, to their needs, so I just today deleted Hot Air from my Favorites list.

jeannebodine | May 9, 2013 at 10:02 pm

HAHAHA! I’m glad it wasn’t just me. It is without a doubt one of the worst sites on the entire web. A few years ago, I contacted my anti-virus software vendor helpline because it was the only site I couldn’t get to – finally gave up. Even now, I have to switch to Chrome (I usually use Firefox) to read anything on their site; because they have so many ads, My Firefox ad-blockers make it too slow to load the site. And finally when I get to the article, the clutter is…well you captured it perfectly!

Best solution is to hit print a new tab will open, then close to other.

Alex Bensky | May 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

I still sometimes wade through the Post but with Israel Hayom, the Times of Israel, Ynet, and other sources, I no longer find that the Post is essential reading.

And of course, if I want to read anti-Israel stuff, there’s always Ha’Aretz.

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