I have recently joined twitter, mostly because of the hype and not because I see any very good use :)

All people complain about the stability and I can really understand why. Since I am not using any twitter client currently and their IM Jabber service is still down, I have to use the website. It sometimes loads slow or not at all which is really annoying. I can understand why power users hate that.

What I noticed when searching users from Stuttgart is that users which you already follow are displayed in a different color and have some options aside. So, for every search you do, the database table with the people you follow is checked too. This is of course very nice for usability but if everything in twitter is luxurious like that then no wonder they have issues about their load.

By the way, Sebastian is also on twitter.

I’m really disappointed about how stupid web forms are sometimes. Consider this:

  • A captcha that has as a side-note: “Please do not enter whitespace characters“.
    • Why can’t the website just filter the whitespace?
  • A edit field for a URL that has as a side-note: “Please also enter the http://“.
    • Why can’t the website just add the http:// when it is missing?!
  • A submit button with side-note “Please hit submit only once“.
    • Most websites don’t have this anymore, they disable the Submit button with Javascript. Thank you :)
  • A edit field for a phone number that insists on a specific number format.
    • Does the number format matter in any way except for the +Countrycode at the beginning? Why not just filter everything except numbers?

All of these mentioned are even happening on very big sites who should have the people who know better. Are there any reasons except annoying me?

Does anyone have more examples? Please comment :)

(Translated from the blog of guruz)

Update: Blogoscoped has another posting about forms in websites.