In our second article about useless clutter on websites, Chris Heilmann focuses on websites that try to reinvent the wheel, features that offer a quick "wow" and little else, and more. Are you guilty of inflicting website knick knack on your visitors? Take a look at the included check list and find out.
More Website Knick Knack - Baring it all (Page 6 of 7 )
One knick knack you see on a lot of personal homepages is too much personal information. Why would a visitor want to have a Java applet showing the current temperature and wind conditions in our hometown? Why do some people feel the need to publish their winamp playlists on the Web (and thus make Web searches for certain music a real nightmare)?
In a time of identity theft, credit card fraud, and email and contact data harvesting for spamming reasons, it is better to keep a low profile on the site. If you want to give more information, do so once you have been contacted.
One typical example would be people publishing their family tree on the website. If you have done that, take into consideration that most banks will ask you your mother’s maiden name as a security question. Someone who got your credit card data wouldn’t even need any computer skills to cause havoc – a telephone, some conversational skills and a gullible call center assistant is all it takes.