questionshave you ever clicked on a link hoping for a…

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It's annoying, because I don't want to have to shut my music off, watch an ad, and then watch the video when in a lesser amount of time I can scan an article and get what I need out of it.

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Yep. Drives me batty. I won't watch them. I prefer my news in print form.

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Yep. Annoying to me. I can usually get the information I want faster by reading than by watching a video.

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all the time. 9 out of 10 times I close the tab, mainly because they run a commercial before the video starts.

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This is the single biggest reason I avoid CNN more and more. It seems like everything I'm interested in reading ends up being a video.

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YES. This drives me crazy! CNN does it often. They should have the option of either video or written word. I also think all videos should not auto-start but have you click to play them.

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i usually close it and head to Google to find it somewhere else. I'm also really tired of articles split across pages. All that does it aggravate a reader and increase ad impressions falsely for the article's website.

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Yahoo! is the worst at this. There is a local news station here that does it a lot too. Hate it.

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There are definitely places where video is useful if it's something you 'really need to see' but even then 99% of the time I just want to read the story.

Unfortunately, the videos are more often talking heads and stock footage. Of course, often times if they've already recorded the video spot for use on the air, so it's not much of an issue to post it online I suppose. However, in this case I'd appreciate a warning next to the link, something along the lines of "WARNING: Video, not worth your time, please ignore."

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Great question, thanks OP! Sounds like everyone has the same feelings about it(including me)!

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I can't really sit at my desk at work and watch streaming video with sound... I don't get why CNN and Yahoo fail to understand this!

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@djp519: I literally can't watch videos at work, they're all blocked! Sometimes I just want to catch up on the news on lunch, and BAM! RESTRICTED WEBSITE!

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One of the biggest pet peeves I have with the Internet!

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Definitely hate it. It's fine if they say like "Story title blah blah [Video]" since you know what you're getting in to, but just mixing them in is super annoying.

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Yes, it is so annoying! I don't care if they have a video, but they should also have a text version that I can't read. I can skim the text and get the gist of the story in less time than it takes to watch their video plus whatever advertisement they want to force upon me!

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You would think it would be easier to type out your story, but apparently not.

Yahoo! are the biggest trolls when it comes to this. When the top 20 highest rated comments say 'STOP POSTING VIDEO REPORTS!', then maybe you should listen.

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I agree! Another pet peeve is when the name to the article is longer/more interesting than the article itself...

"Great Dane saves owner from flash fire in kitchen by alerting authorities"

A dogs barking alerted neighbors to a fire, who called 911 and pulled a man from his kitchen.

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@unoriginal26: YES! Those drive me nuts too. Most entertainment articles are like that, using the GoDaddy tricks to a certain extent.

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Of course. Very rarely do I take the time to actually watch them at that point -- especially if I'm at work...quite annoying in my opinion.

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Yep. Hate watching news videos. Also, have you noticed that even if you do decide to watch the video that came with an incredibly interesting headline, you get a 40 second high level news clipping of the actual event/news item?

Probably my single biggest internet pet peeve: Automatic playing videos. MSN Money is particularly annoying at this. You click on a headline which brings you to a another page where the headline is, you click it again and get to an article and begin to read. Meanwhile, a video half way down the page starts blasting at you. SRSLY!?

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I appreciate this question and the answers 'cuz it makes me feel like I'm not some grumpy weirdo.

Almost always, I prefer text to video. I remember reading about some sort of Twitter clone that was being promoted as the next big thing, but people post short videos instead of 140-max messages. I felt so uncool thinking that it was dumb because the whole company was pushing itself as being hip and what the younguns prefer nowadays.

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Yes, I it drives me nuts! And I'm not far from it to begin with.

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friggin yahoo does it all the time

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yea
i get rick roll'd all the time

but to answer your question
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sometimes cnn does that to me