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Online News Outlets: Smarten Up!

How many times have you clicked on a link to a news story and then ended up at the brick wall that is the “Register” page? It happens to me all the time.

I’m a regular reader of the Drudge Report, and as most Internet users know, that site contains many links to various news stories all around the net. It seems to be less frequent than it once was, but I still end up getting a registration page thrown in my face when I click on a link to a story.

This is because of the short-sided nitwits that are running some of these news sites. What they don’t seem to realize is that when I hit one of these registration pages, the last thing I am going to do it register on their site. And it really doesn’t have anything to do with privacy issues.

I visit the Drudge Report because I want a quick rundown of the day’s news stories on one page so I can scan it quickly and see what stories interest me. I am not going to stop my surfing to fill out my name and address or name and zip code or whatever on some site that puts a wall around their content and only allows registered users to access it.

What these registration tyrants don’t seem to realize is that the same news stories are available on about a million other sites that do not require registration at all.

When I run into one of these registration brick walls when trying to access a news story I simply bring up Google, click on “News” and then type in some keywords for the story. You know, something like “dog bounty hunter racist” (I’ll use that one only because I think that guy is such a jackass).

Google News will present me with than more than enough links to satisfy my appetite for that particular news story, and then some.

News sites make their money from the advertisements that appear when you visit their sites, but registration tyrants don’t seem to realize that demanding registration from their readers is reducing the number of eyeballs on their pages. People like me very quickly seek their news elsewhere and some other news site benefits from the extra eyeballs on their pages.

Smarten up and ditch the registration nonsense already. It’s so 1990’s.

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