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  1. Jeannette, this was a great post! Entertaining, colorful, informative…it struck just the right note. There’s always something useful to be found on your site, said in pithy ways. Great work!

  2. Jeannette, agree completely that it is a nuisance having to register on a site. Had huge problems doing so when we were voting for Dennis.

    The best option as far as I’m concerned is to sign in with an already existing account such as Linkedin, Facebook or whatever. We need to sign in somehow because otherwise the bad eggs will have a field day, unfortunately:-)

    • Catarina — I agree. I voted for Dennis, too, and it was a pain to need to register and then try to find him among all the designers.

  3. I couldn’t agree more. I can’t tell you how many times I have opted out because of that very thing. The secondary opt in such as FB, Twitter or G+ does work for me when it’s available.

    I understand the need at time, it’s just such a pain to do so.

      • Captchas are the enemy! I much prefer sites where you can just click the box that says, “I am not a spammer.” Then on Twitter, I’ve stopped adding followers that use TrueTwit validation. All that clicking and validating gets real old real fast.

        • Jeri — I know that some bloggers user Captcha and it would be so much easier if they used the box that says you’re not a spammer as you suggest. Sometimes it takes me 2 or 3 tries to get into Google Keyword Tool because they use Captcha, too. But we’re not going to change their minds, I’m sure!

  4. I’m with the 86% who just leave the web site. I won’t register. I have proliferating passworditis. I also get enough junk email as it is, and I can’t stand it when they sic their telemarketer on me.

    • Steve — I had so many passwords that I couldn’t even access my own email at one point! We keep being reminded to change our passwords and not use the same one for every site we visit, but it’s tough remembering them all.

  5. Your post got me thinking, Jeannette; thanks! I hadn’t realized that I tend to leave a site rather that register before entering. Opting-in is another matter, especially when I want the free content. The infographic is useful as well as funny.

  6. What an absolutely fantastic post, Jeannette!

    I agree that it’s really a nuisance to have to register in order to access content or leave a comment. Usually I’m just gone!

    Interesting how some people would rather clean a toilet than create a new password! And that 77% prefer social log-in!~ I’m surprised so many people would risk the security of their social media accounts. No wonder so many twitter and FB accounts get hacked.

    • Doreen — about risking your Facebook and other social media accounts, that can be an issue. I tried to register on a site the other day using Facebook and the whole process got screwed up. I received the usual notification from FB that someone had tried to access my site so I ended up changing my password because I didn’t want to take any chances.

  7. Absolutely agree Jeannette and regarding that one website I use false names, websites etc so I do wonder how messy their database is. Today there is so much competition that to register for anything including signing in with Twitter etc is a waste of time so I don’t. Those sites that keep it simple will win the day.

    • Susan — you make a good point. There is so much competition for reader eyeballs that it’s easy to find another site with the same information/services/products that doesn’t make you register.

  8. How, true, There was one I had not commented on because it was asking me to register using Facebook or Twitter.

    I don’t fancy going through the tedious effort also of registering a new account just to read a post.

    Readers should be given the choice whether to sign up with whatever the website owner offers.

    This is one of my pet peeves when visiting a site.

    • Jena – welcome to my blog. I haven’t found anyone yet who likes to register just to read a post. Most readers have either a Twitter or Facebook account so the website could offer those social networks for visitors who want to bypass registering.

  9. I tend to be the person who will leave the site not only when they want me to provide information but also when I am hit with using the option of an existing website. Many times I am only visiting the site for a one time visit and feel no need to give them any information that would allow them to pester me for more than that.

    • Good point, Jon. Why do we need to register for a site if we’re just passing by? Why do they need all our information like the number of employees in our company?

  10. This is so true. I also hate it, when you can comment on a blog for instance, only if you have a FaceBook account. I mean, why link your blog to FaceBook – I don’t have a FaceBook account but love blogging and surfing blogs. Ideally a number of choices must be made available to leave comments.
    I do hope people will learn from your post.

    • Lubna — while many people do appreciate using their social media accounts to register for visit a site, not everyone uses Facebook, as you mention, and you must give permission to the site to access your account. Why not just let people visit and comment without all the barriers?

  11. Jeannette, great article. it irritates me when I have to register to the website. Sometimes, I just ignore the site and just go without trying to read the content. there are many websites with similar info, where I don’t have to register.

    • Bindhurani — Good point. If someone can go elsewhere for the same information without the hassle of registering, then that’s what they will do.