Backwards Technology II. Infinite Scroll.

I have had a word about backwards technology before so here’s something else that doesn't need any further improvement:

Infinite scroll.

This is the javascript technology that automatically loads more content as you scroll down a page. It is supposed to save you from having to click “next” to load up another batch of articles on a blog, making stuff all tablety and easy.

It’s bollocks.

I don't need my browser to decide anything this banal for me. If I wanted to go to the next page.. I’d just click next. I don’t want to get to the bottom article and then be forced into loading the next five, it’s a pain in the arse.

Not only that, if you disappear off from a site to follow a link, then click ‘back’.. there’s no mechanism to put you back at the same position in the list! You are force start from the top and scroll all the way through everything you have already consumed.

Annoying, pointless nonsense that aides almost no-one except perhaps advertisers.

Why do we want computers to make decisions like this for us? It took someone a great deal of creative thought and work to come up with that pre-load... unfortunately it's a product with hardly any usable purpose.

A good use of computer-aided decision making is when your car deploys its airbag. Clicking 'next' on a webpage is something we can handle ourselves.

Do one.