Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Intention of Slideshows, Charticles Defeated by Zealous Tagging!

VIEW THISI wanted to know, for reasons that escaped me mere moments later, what Details might possibly have chosen for their list of "The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time." (I think it was because the "of all time" part amused me.) Unfortunately for all of us, when I clicked through from a friend's Twitter, I found their list was horrifically organized as one-book-per-page slideshow. (The "show" of those slides consisted, of course, of pictures of the book covers.) Fortunately, their SEO desires undid them, to my benefit.


Phew! Right there on page one. No need to click through. And no need to endure their pop-up ads, urging me to subscribe!

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hockeymom (#143)

Gawker does this crap, too.
Dislike, very much.

Bettytron (#575)

The trick on Gawker is to delete the /gallery/ from the end of the URL. BAM, all on one page, captions intact.

hockeymom (#143)

THANK you!


hazmathilda (#839)

This changes everything! (er, ish)

Rod T (#33)


metoometoo (#230)

Wow, I am really excited about this piece of information.

KarenUhOh (#19)

A Million Little Tags

hockeymom (#143)

…but "We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families" is an amazing book and should be read.

So +1 to Details for that.

avec_serif (#1,874)

a definitive Gen X book, to be sure.

jolie (#16)

Esquire does this too. With lists of 75 items. MADDENING.

garge (#736)

The hundred-tiny-thumbnail thing they do kills me.

I was also disappointed by the impenetrable LA Times 2009 death slide show from yesterday; perhaps the "list" misnomer is what makes it offensive, implying information that can be quickly absorbed.

beingiseasy (#1,735)

totally agree. I wanted to see a police blotter-type thing going on. cause of death, major accomplishments, possible nefarious dealings…and instead I got nothing but a barbed wire fence of photos haphazardly arranged.

The plan is to get 75 page views from each person, instead of just one.

That assumes each person will click-and-load all 75 items, of course. Perhaps there are more people out than we realize who have that much time on their hands?

jolie (#16)

Well thank God you're here to explain to me how the Internet works.

jolie (#16)

Close your i tags, jolie, this isn't Jamaica.

hockeymom (#143)

OT…Editor and Publisher is shutting down. The parade of media death continues.

oudemia (#177)

I guess if there are no longer editors and publishers. Oof.

brent_cox (#40)

They were going to keep the mag running but change the title to "and" but then decided against it.

LondonLee (#922)

Next year it will be relaunched as "Blogger and Mom"

tralafel (#1,221)

I'm somewhat surprised to see Motherless Brooklyn on there.

mathnet (#27)

Are you kidding? I love that book!

Rod T (#33)

Thank you for forcing me to look this up.

Rod T (#33)

American Psycho? No. Not at all.

Matt (#26)

I would like to see the quadratic formula they used to determine "Generation X." (Of all time.)

LondonLee (#922)

So the only thing connecting these books is that they were written on a computer not a typewriter? Which sort of begs the question, how do they know?

blatanville (#860)

asking the obviousA GenX list, and no Douglas Coupland? Wha?

joeclark (#651)

I gather this is an implicit admission that the Awl has ceased its previous paginating ways? We want you to run a good Web site, not a shitty one like Details’s. Go, Awl, and Next page â†' no more.

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