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Comments on: Navigation Habits Within Feed Readers

A blog about interface and product design by Joshua Porter

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By: the boy in the bubble » Blog Archive » RSS-Leser haben lange Schwänze

Sun, 12 Oct 2008 10:59:57 +0000

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By: Michal Migurski

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 15:02:03 +0000

I do this. As David points out, the feed reader tells me what I've already paid attention to. This pattern is really comfortable, especially since my feed reader supports rapid keyboard navigation - not only am I uninterested in the navigation on the site, I don't even want to take my hands off the keyboard to try it out! This behavior might decrease if there were a more predictable way to know whether a given feed is an excerpt feed or a full-text feed, since often I check out the original site just to see whether there's more to see. In some cases (e.g. Daring Fireball) I also check out the original site because the short-line column layout I know I will find there is easier to read than a full-page width column layout.

By: Donna Maurer

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 11:07:27 +0000

Good. Stick with the real you. You have interesting ideas and write well. Don't worry about navigation for the now & newsy, but look at it as a way to help people in the longer term ;)

By: Josh

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 03:05:56 +0000

I have to admit something here. There are two Josh's talking in this post. One is the site-owner Josh, who spent a lot of time futzing with the layout and navigation for this site and who feels somewhat sad that his navigation isn't being used. This Josh wants control over the user experience. The other is the real me, who wrote the Digital Web piece, and who has seen that the role of on-site navigation is already far removed from the ideal that most of us have in our mind during day-to-day development. In a real sense that ideal is over and done with. This Josh doesn't want control over anything except the content that I write.

By: Richard MacManus

Thu, 09 Jun 2005 02:27:39 +0000

Very interesting. Mind you feed reader navigation will only work for reasonably current posts. But I often use Bloglines to 'navigate' through up to 1 months worth of posts for some feeds I subscribe to (clicking the "last month" option for a feed). ps I too wish you had a full-text feed ;-)

By: Donna Maurer

Wed, 08 Jun 2005 23:21:30 +0000

So Joshua, why do you feel that you want control over the way people navigate? I think you have done a good thing in making it easy to get to other posts (although it may be better to allow us to get to *related* posts), but I see this as more of a helper and less of a primary method of reading. I work almost entirely from my feed reader. The only time I click through to other pages is if I see something that I think I've missed. I'm not even going to apologise for it. I read for the content, not for the site experience. I often have a look at sites once to see what they look like, but after that, I don't care. As far as branding goes, I think brand is going to be increasingly about content quality and style and less about visual presentation.

By: David Hain

Wed, 08 Jun 2005 17:05:10 +0000

I'm guilty of this behavior myself, and after thinking about it here, I've come up with a couple of reasons for why this might be. 1. My feed reader keeps track of what I've already read. It highlights stories I haven't read yet, so I'm more likely to notice changes. Perhaps if there were a similar system in place in your site navigation, the need for a feed reader would be reduced. 2. It keeps all my frequently-visited sites together, and provides consistent navigation for them. It's just easier to find stories when all the sites I want to read have the same navigation scheme. I realize that these are two of the key points of feed readers in general, but I think they explain the behavior you're experiencing, and I think they make this behavior natural.

By: Sheldon Kotyk

Wed, 08 Jun 2005 16:30:15 +0000

I use Sage, a Firefox extension to do most of my surfing with. I find when I am done reading an article on your site it is easier for me to go to sage in my sidebar to click on your next article rather than scrolling up to the top of the article to go to the next one.

By: Sander

Wed, 08 Jun 2005 14:55:10 +0000

Are a lot of those people using modern browsers with tabbed browsing functionality? What you see then is opening interesting news in tabs, having limited time to go through all news, reading the article, commenting, then going back to work :D (like me). Those readers are no longer visiting for your site, but for your new content, if you like to introduce them to your site, use 'related information' links to link in other articles with a similar interest. Although if they have subscribed to your site, they should already know your site enough to trust it for their daily news dosage :) So seemingly (what I can conclude) what you are seeing is a shift from first-time visitors to repeating visitors that are more knowledgeable of your site and value / trust you as a news source. Which sounds like a good thing. If I am totally wrong please burst my bubble.

By: cori schlegel

Wed, 08 Jun 2005 12:23:06 +0000

I'm one of those who has done both. I primarily use my aggregator as navigation for newer items moreso than your nav scheme, but sometimes click through your navigation once I'm here to see items I may have missed. In your specific case, I find the lack of full-text feeds frustrating. My particular habits are that when I see a post with some meat on it on anyone's blog, I typically click through even if the whole text is available in my reader - I'd usually much rather read it in the environment that they (you) provide. However, full text allows me to skim quickly over the whole of a post and oftn means that I find something further down in the post (where I'd miss it if I only got an excerpt) that drives me to the site. I'm sure I've missed posts of yours in that fashion.