I visited the new Irish Tourism website [ireland.com] when it launched recently, but was greeted with a black screen. Thinking that it was just having some teething issues, I left without giving it further thought. I visited it again this evening and the same black emptiness stared back at me. I was using Chrome so I tried the URL in Internet Explorer and few a things appeared. Not pretty things mind you, it looked so disorganised that I'm not sure if it was displaying right, but it was more than just black, at least.
I figured my Ghostery Chrome plugin [ghostery] must have been blocking dozens of scripts, but no, it was just blocking three. It turns out that one of them was the culprit: a "Gigya Socialize" script, the purpose of which is to integrate "social services" (like Facebook) into your website. So in essence, if you don't want Facebook tracking what websites you visit, and you then visit Ireland.com, you'll end up with nothing.
And this website reportedly cost €3million to build... [bocktherobber]
Posted at 23:20