More on Discover: Make user browsing easier
I've been branching out and looking for fresh blood on Ello. It's a bit of a challenge, and one weakness is in how recommendations possibilities are presented.
"Recommended posts" is one feature, but generally if I'm going to add a given user, what I'm interested in is a pattern of posts that I find of interest.
The Ello Drawer is useful, and, especially as I've restyled it for higher density, I find the Notifications panel to be useful.
Trying to use the Discovery feature with users populating the Drawer isn't quite so fluid.
My goal is to be able to rapidly cycle through a set of candidates and see if they're of interest.
First, I'll note that when @sirneave popped up in the list, the "NSFW" tab was filled, giving me some hint that, well, his content might be. Thankfully it's the tasteful B&W nudes variety, not the sex-act-gifs I ran across recently.
But other aspects could use help.
Each time I select a new user, the Drawer pane repositions and scrolling position is lost. Having this not happen would be slick.
There's no indication of1the presently selected profile. Again, as a placeholder, this would be useful.
Popping viewed profiles off the stack (but perhaps being able to recall them if desired) would also be cool. Better than having to scroll through a list of already-been-seens.
The whole feature in general could stand being looked at from a goal-and-use perspective.
- Why would someone want to use this?
- What are they hoping or expecting to accomplish?
- How would they go about doing it?
The feature's useful but could be considerably more so. And ultimately is, I hope, only one of several content / user / community / interest discovery mechanisms available.
I did end up adding @jack to those I'm following. He's even got a descriptive bio (fill'em in, people):
Writer and journalist covering technology, design, bitcoin, porn, and cloud feudalism. NPR once called me "The Ello Reporter."
But limiting myself to reviewing about a dozen profiles was my limit given interface frustrations.