Legitimate Critique of AJAX


Update: Turns out it was a spoof which makes it funnier if slightly less accurate. Thanks for straightening me out Dan.

Jakob Nielsen has a great article titled Ajax Sucks Most of the Time.

I like what he’s saying. I don’t use Gmail because I like my back button. Google Maps is an amazing use of AJAX in my opinion, but when it comes to printing driving directions – I go to MapQuest.

One of my favorite points that Jakob makes is that 13% of users can’t properly use AJAX powered sites. That’s approximately 3% higher than the number of people using Mozilla Firefox.