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More crumby cookie behaviour...

Just in case my last post wasn't enough to steer you away from automated cookie warnings, here's another reason:

Our friend Louise posted a link to a film showing at the local picture house on Facebook (not that I was invited, mind).

Facebook, as it does, automatically grabbed a thumbnail and some information from the link. But because the first thing on the page is a cookie warning the information posted looked like this:


So instead of a catchy strap for the film, the only extra information I have is about the fact their site uses cookies. (Although the film may use broken biscuits for some sound effects - who knows?)

Of course the web admins could have added Open Graph meta tags to let Facebook know what information to display when a link was included (and let us know if you need help with getting them on your site), but that's not really addressing the issue. There'll be other automated services and search engines out there that are going to try and parse the information on your site and assume that the content it reaches first is the most important.

So, once again, think about how important this cookie information is to your user and present it sensibly. Unless you really are doing something extreme with the information you're collecting, your warning doesn't need to take up half your screen or be the top line item of your content.

 

Nov 13, 2012