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Social Bookmarking

We picked three web sites to compare and contrast. Gen and I decided on social bookmarking sites:


This is what we found out:

digg.com

Content/Subject:
• User-submitted news, articles, videos, & podcasts
Source of communication:
• showcasing what users are interested in without editors
User needs & interests:
• want to see what other people are interested in
• see what’s new and cool out on the internet
• share with others what you are interested in and think is important
Organization:
• front page articles are rated highest – most important to users
• main navigation for the site is all along the top & is divided into categories and subcategories
• you can always see where you are in the site by which categories and subcategories are highlighted
• overall pretty easy to use
• multiple pages of articles listed that you can click through
Graphic User Interface:
• pretty basic
• all articles are layed out on the left; all have the same layout
• search engine at the top – works pretty well
• Grid: top of page keeps the same navigation; left 2/3 of page are for articles; right 1/3 of page is for less important info & ads
• Style: pretty simple; organized; clean; articles open up in separate windows which is nice; ads are kept together and not scattered around the site, however they have the same style of heading as the articles so that they blend in

del.icio.us

Content/Subject:
• User-submitted information; links to information
Source of communication:
• showcasing what users are interested in without editors
User needs & interests:
• see what others are interested in without editors
• to see what others think is valuable
• share with others what you are interested in and think is important
Organization:
• very basic
• stories are organized on the left side
• stories on the home page are the most bookmarked articles
• only the main page contains articles – from there you must search for what you are looking for by keywords
• headings are clear, but no article descriptions
• “tags to watch? on the right side which show which tags are most popular
• search engine easy to locate and use

fark

Content/Subject:
• User-submitted information; links to information; mostly for entertainment
Source of communication:
• showcasing articles that others find on the web and think is interesting/funny
User needs & interests:
• want to be entertained
• want to see what’s out on the web
• want to share with others what they find
Organization:
• all the articles and information that users are looking for is in the center
• less important stuff around the sides
• tabs along the top & center for different categories
• search engine in the corner
• put ads above the site title
Graphic User Interface:
• BAD; very poorly designed
• horrible logo
• ads and stuff around all sides instead of just on one or along the bottom
• only use purple, so the navigation bar doesn’t stand out
• hard to figure out how to link to each article – you must click on a logo, which makes you think you will be taken to that home page instead of the article you want
• 3 column grid – widest column in center for most important info which is functional
• it’s nice that the genre of the article is graphically shown next to the title, although the graphics could look nicer