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How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

I'm doing research into information foraging (as it's a field that greatly interests me) and I'd like to know how everyone determines whether information is useful or not to you, when you look at a webpage. Or books and magazines etc. for that matter.

What makes you immediately click off or stay on a page?
What makes you read an enormous wall off text, or skip over a tiny paragraph?
What immediate signs are there that this is the page you are/are not looking for?
What makes you leave a page half way through?

These are the sort of questions I need answering basically. Thanks in advance :)

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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 11:28 AM

You could have applied your research to your own post:

Have a more succinct, and interesting title; don't present the reader with a wall of questions (most likely to cause the immediate use of the back button!); explain more clearly what you are looking for, and what you want from the user; provide a reason, incentive, or enticement for the user to continue reading.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:26 PM

View Postandrewsw, on 29 March 2013 - 11:28 AM, said:

You could have applied your research to your own post:

Have a more succinct, and interesting title; don't present the reader with a wall of questions (most likely to cause the immediate use of the back button!); explain more clearly what you are looking for, and what you want from the user; provide a reason, incentive, or enticement for the user to continue reading.


Ok thanks, I will take this into consideration and update this post, unfortunately due to the systems on these forums I can't update or edit my first post :(

If I get no responses I will repost this in a few days in a more effective manner.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:34 PM

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I'm doing research into information foraging (as it's a field that greatly interests me) and I'd like to know how everyone determines whether information is useful or not to you, when you look at a webpage. Or books and magazines etc. for that matter.

Are you talking data mining?


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What makes you immediately click off or stay on a page?

The lack of comic sans.
Slow load times.
Shitty graphics.
Bad content.
Offensive color schemes.
Auto playing music.
Lack of boobs.

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What makes you read an enormous wall off text, or skip over a tiny paragraph?

The source.
The contenet.
Needing to cite why the author is wrong.
Key points.
Incoherent grammar.
Poor word choice.
Lack of voice.

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What immediate signs are there that this is the page you are/are not looking for?

Keywords.
Coloring
Content.
Images.
Boob/no boob.

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What makes you leave a page half way through?

Bathroom breaks.
Hotpocket is done.
The doorbell.
Crap content.
Moderately offensive color schemes grating on my last nerve.
Flashing graphics.
Ads.
Bad writing.
SQUIRREL!

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These are the sort of questions I need answering basically. Thanks in advance :)/>

Vague.
Uninspiring.
Is this supposed to be in a survey?
The lack of a clear focus or key points.
Missing boobs.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:38 PM

Boobs might be a reason to visit a page, but is it (are they) a sufficient reason to stay..?
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:42 PM

Sufficiently interesting, different, artfully arranged, and with a thoughtful backdrop help.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:47 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 29 March 2013 - 07:42 PM, said:

Sufficiently interesting, different, artfully arranged, and with a thoughtful backdrop help.

..different? Sounds slightly disturbing :whatsthat:
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:01 PM

Know how I know you're not a connoisseur of the bewbs?

Like any other product, there are people who simply think "more is better". There are others though that, while they appreciate a surfeit of images of female mammary glandular examples (because, hey, "lotsa bewbs"), also value the shining pinnacle examples of one of God's most inspired and sublime creations.

Top shelf vs. gutter skank. 1 of one is worth hundreds of the other.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:17 PM

View Postmodi123_1, on 29 March 2013 - 12:34 PM, said:

Are you talking data mining?

Vague.
Uninspiring.
Is this supposed to be in a survey?
The lack of a clear focus or key points.
Missing boobs.


Well I'm asking you how you "mine" your data, basically how you choose to stay on or leave a page, when you are looking for some form of information. It's not really supposed to be a survey, I was more hoping it would turn into a discussion between people on these topics.

I did this so that I could get a general idea and feel for how people behave when looking for data before I get onto the more specific research. In which I plan to video people using different methods of gathering data and then analysing the patterns they take to get there, in traditional, digital, social and experimental sources.

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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 29 March 2013 - 01:44 PM

Seems like you'd want to make the distinction between "looking for data" and "surfing the internet for entertainment".

Looking for data suggests that you have arrived at a site seeking a specific type/amount of information. To me, the thing that determines whether I remain on the site/page or whether I go elsewhere would be...whether they have the information I was looking for. Like, for instance, I rarely refer to bewbs as data which means that I could be satisfied encountering any ole bewbs I stumble across in my surfing. Data, on the other hand, sound suspiciously exact. If I want to go on vacation to Destin for my kids upcoming Spring Break (I do and we are) and I end up on Expedia looking for hotel rates...and they don't have them...then I get the hell out of there and go elsewhere for what I'm looking for.

So, to sum up: looking for data --> site has my data --> I can find my data on same = I stay on site.

Remove anything after step 1 and I don't.
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 31 March 2013 - 05:53 PM

If you want to know how a person analyzes a webpage you should read the book, "Don't Make me Think". It's a guide to usability and has a lot of great advice regarding how to make a website stand out and how to make people catch on quickly. It also goes over statistics regarding how people think and how it affects their user experience.

http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/0321344758
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Re: How do YOU decide whether the information on a page is what you want?

Posted 02 April 2013 - 03:28 AM

View Postandrewsw, on 29 March 2013 - 03:38 PM, said:

Boobs might be a reason to visit a page, but is it (are they) a sufficient reason to stay..?


For at least a few minutes, I would think...


/ahem
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