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Why Google and Your Visitors Hate Flash Splash/Intro Pages
We've all seen them before, although they are becoming a bit more rare these days. You visit a website looking for actual information (really?) and instead you find a big, bloated fanciful flash intro with zooming text and Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathustra blaring (yes, it's now better known as the 2001 Space Odyssey Theme, but I will always remember it as the opening to the Elvis Aloha in Hawaii concert). Apparently someone felt their website was so awe-inspiring and awesome that it needed a monumental fanfare to announce it before your mere mortal eyes were allowed to actually view it. That, or someone's nephew just bought Flash and did a really cool job zooming a logo in and out.