Posts Tagged ‘online identity’

Usability vs. UX: analysis of case studies

April 12, 2011 Leave a comment
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1. Sullivan, Patricia. “Beyond a Narrow Conception of Usability Testing,” IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, 32, 4, (December 1989):256 – 264 Suggests new frameworks for viewing usability studies methods and interpreting the validity of their results. Postulates that “a growing number of psychologists, engineers, and technical
communicators want to make the user more integral to the
whole development process.”
An analysis of other’s methods Questions Plain language movement probably has some influence on her too although not cited.
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2. Hassenzahl, M. and Tractinsky, “User Experience – a Research Agenda.” Behaviour and Information Technology, 25, 2, (March-April 2006): 91-97 Suggest a new theory of UX where designers exert control to ensure that a positive experience becomes certain. UX is about contributing to our quality of life by designing for pleasure rather than the absence of pain.
Conducted a literature review of proposals received.
One can sense the rhetorician at work who works to craft the pleasing experience and downplay any lack of quality. iPhone antenna problems for example.
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3. Nielson, Jacob. Writing for the Web. Suggests many best practices to follow and also suggests further study of papers and books – and then finally recommends that one enroll in his courses.
Years of usability studies and analysis drawn from that body of work. A website’s rhetoric will be less effective if users find it difficult to read. Notable in that a brief space many salient points of how people read – and how writers should take this into account when creating online communications.
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4. Obrist M., Roto V., and Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila K. “User experience evaluation: do you know which method
to use?” CHI 2009, April 4 – 9, 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Extended Abstracts 2009: 2763-2766.
Unknown – this was an abstract. However the questions were particularly illuminating. Contributions from conference attendees on current known methods. Creation of a Special Interest Group (SIG) that will identify and gather
people interested in UX evaluation in different application
areas and contexts. results.
Can we ever really know how the user feels? Do they even know? Or can we only influence positive feelings and minimize negative ones?
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5. Bevan, Nigel. “What is the difference between the purpose of
usability and user experience evaluation methods?” Internet paper,
Bevan notes a weakness in the methods – no metrics or requirements. He states that “user experience
seems to . . . .focus on evaluation [which] has preceded a concern with establishing
criteria for what would be acceptable results of evaluation. That comment was useful as I, too, wondered where the UX standards were.
Rigorous analysis of the UX methods and creation of a categorization of usability measures reported. He then compares and contrasts each method as to how it measures UX or usability. usable as roadmap of what one is measuring and how to do it better
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6. Rodden et al, “Measuring the User Experience on a Large Scale: User-Centered Metrics for Web Applications”, Proceedings of CHI 2010. Creation of a UX framework – HEART: (Happiness, Engagement, Adoption, Retention, Task success). This was used to measure user satisfaction for a major redesign for iGoogle. They reported an initial decline in their user satisfaction metric (measured on a 7-point bipolar scale). However, this metric recovered over time, indicating that change aversion was probably the cause, and that once users got used to the new design, they liked it. With this information, the team was able to make a more confident decision to keep the new design. Happinesswas measured via a weekly survey on a 7-point bipolar scale).Engagement% of active users who visited 5 or 5+ days of the last week.Adoption how many new users? (i.e. # of accounts created in a week).

Retention how many users are still present (i.e. % of 7-day active users in a given week still active 3 months later).

Task success efficiency (e.g. time to complete a task), effectiveness (e.g. % of tasks complete), and error rates.

It makes sense to add a scale to UX measurements. Couldn’t it go to 11? Is it wrong to apply usability metrics to UX?
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7. Large organizations need to track and compare their online sales, customers and trends such as shopping cart abandonment. Creation of overall framework to measure several factors to better identify causality. PULSE metrics: Page views, Uptime, Latency, Seven-day active users (i.e. the number of unique users who used the product at least once in the last week), and Earnings. Most of this data is proprietary and unavailable. Large ecommerce firms (Amazon, Ebay, Facebook) do have inhouse models and ongoing studies but this data is not shared nor publicly available.
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8. How can Blackboard, Inc. better capture feedback and improve the UX on its web pages and software products?Presented at UX BarCamp DC in Jan. 2011 Blackboard created a framework for capturing user feedback. RUDES: Reliable, Useful, Delightful, Engaging, Simple. Users rate each experience as the RUDES and is asked if each component exceeds, meets, or misses.Unknown – appears to be a work in process. Unknown. Blackboard staff stated that scaling factors were necessary to make better design decisions. They did not disclose how this data would be collected, analyzed or used. Worth noting that the desired answer is positioned first. How good is a survey if one tries to influence it so strongly?
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9. Fornell, Claes. (2011) “Citizen Satisfaction with Federal Government Services Plummets While Satisfaction With Government Websites Remains Strong”. News release and commentary. Nonsensical – agencies mission’s vary so widely that to compare satisfaction rates means nothing. Can one compare NASA to IRS? TSA to DOI? The popup survey ACSI reports scores on a scale at the national level for more than 225 companies, and over 200 federal or local government services. causes and consequences of customer satisfaction. The surveys vary among websites so comparing one federal agency’s score to anothers is not comparable – yet it is widely done.

Managing your online identity

October 10, 2007 1 comment

What does someone see when they Google your name? Someone else with your name? Maybe a comment that you posted long ago on a website like Meetup, or YouTube? Maybe books that you reviewed or bought on

If you’re like me, Google pulls up other people with my name – that are not me. I address this problem by creating my own online identity through LinkedIn, Facebook, and this blog. Hopefully someone googling my name will find those sources first, and make judgements based on the information provided there – information that I have created and actively manage.

If someone googles a name and does not locate a definitive source of information, they may find random sources that may not be complete, or provide random or false data. This false data could influence the person who is googling a name to decide whether to hire that person, fund their project, vote for them, date them, determine if they are trustworthy, or inform them whether that person has received traffic tickets, where they live, if they own their own home, and if they have ever filed for bankruptcy, divorce, or been convicted of a crime.

You can’t control all of the sources of information on the internet – but you can actively create and manage your online identity. You can try to manage what people see when they type your name into Google. I recommend starting with LinkedIn, which is basically an online resume. Its helpful to have your professional experience online anyway, so that you can update it periodically. As long as you have established your identity on LinkedIn, go ahead and ask others whose names you know to join your professional community on LinkedIn. You know that stack of business cards that you have lying around in a drawer? Go through them and pull out the most meaningful cards. Search for these folks on LinkedIn, and if you find them, send them an email, inviting them to join your network. The next step towards creating your online profile is with Facebook, which is an engaging and hip way to represent yourself within the online community. Facebook now makes some of its listings available through public search engines, and is one of the most rapidly growing online communities, with 110 million active users. Create a page for yourself here, being mindful that you don’t have to post a photo of yourself. Look for friends on Facebook, too. You can add your blog, your delicious bookmarks, concerts you are going to, books you have read, etc. to your profile – or not.  

You could also try listing yourself in MySpace, Spoke, Xing, Friendster, and, and PNN Online. Another step should be to create your own blog. I like This is a lot of work, isn’t it? Yes, it is, and I would suggest spending 15 -30 minutes a week working on this until you are happy with the results. 

You may wonder – why even bother? If you don’t create your online identity, it will be created for you, and it may not be flattering. Do you want that potential job interviewer to google your name and see random comments, or in the worst case scenario, your traffic tickets? Or do you want the HR person to find your resume and profiles on Linked In, Facebook, Spoke, Xing and Zoominfo?  In today’s world, one has to put not just one’s best foot forward, but one’s best electronic foot forward.

BTW, this works for corporations, products, and services too. For example, why couldn’t Sputnik have its own Facebook page?