One Wired Techie

Just had a surreal techie moment. I have a cold, and am getting one of those cold medicine buzzes from the Dayquil I took an hour ago. I was just editing my blog to add some links. I hit Republish, then got an email from a friend. At the same time, Steve Cohen from Library Stuff IM’ed me, and my phone rang, too (VOIP soft phone, so my softphone popped up on my PC screen) .

How completely strange. I’m surprised someone didn’t also come over and start talking to me, while getting a page!

I certainly must be one wired dude.

OR searching in Google

Yep – just confirmed it. In Google, using a “|” equals using OR.

Example:

Libraries | technology – finds 16,200,000 hits

Libraries OR technology – ALSO finds 16,200,000 hits

Just one of those “hmmm” discoveries.

Use Google to find magazine articles and book exerpts!

I just read about this on Research Buzz – Google is now indexing magazine articles and book exerpts! How cool is that?

Here’s how to search for them:

To find magazine articles, enter this:

libraries site:google.com inurl:articleid

To find book exerpts, enter this:

libraries site:google.com inurl:isbn

And to find both, do this:

libraries site:google.com inurl:isbn | inurl:articleid

My guess is the “|” must be similar to an OR search – never seen that one before. So, I’ll play around with it and try to figure it out a little.

Enjoy!

Following eye movement in usability

Eyetrack III – What You Most Need to Know – very cool!

This summary shows what the eye does as it scans a webpage – and believe it or not, “The eyes most often fixated first in the upper left of the page, then hovered in that area before going left to right. Only after perusing the top portion of the page for some time did their eyes explore further down the page.”

Also – “Dominant headlines most often draw the eye first upon entering the page.”

Whoa, this one’s cool – “Smaller type encourages focused viewing behavior (that is, reading the words), while larger type promotes lighter scanning.”

And this – “Underlined headlines discouraged testers from viewing blurbs on the homepage… This may be related to a phenomenon that we noted throughout the testing: visual breaks — like a line or rule — discouraged people from looking at items beyond the break, like a blurb.”

And – “Eyetrack III found that people do typically look beyond the first screen. What happens, however, is that their eyes typically scan lower portions of the page seeking something to grab their attention. Their eyes may fixate on an interesting headline or a stand-out word, but not on other content. Again, this points to the necessity of sharp headline writing.”

Lots more stuff here – read it!