Thursday, March 16, 2006

Web 2.0 & User Experience

After writing about the new jockey, some personal experiences and some interesting terminology, I thought its better if I put something that is more near to me. Yes me talking about technology and the web (Oh my God!!).

There is a lot if talk and hype about Web 2.0 and every other company talks about harnessing it, but what is Web 2.0? Let me try to answer that. After going through all the stuff available its more or less User Experience that we are talking about when we refer to Web 2.0. User Experience? One more jargon? Nope, not a jargon but a ground reality that people have off late realized. Its time we wake up to the fact that a user who is not comfortable i.e., who doesn't have a good experience at your place will never come back.

Now how do we define the so called User Experience and what is the scope of this experience? Is it the look and feel of the pages that the users see? or is it the ease with which the end user finds what he wants? or is it the efficiency with which the users' requests were handled on your site? or something else? I would put User Experience as the overall feeling that the user 'experienced' during his stay on the site. It includes all the parts of the application and not just the one or two of them. Each part has its own vitality. The interface has its role to play and so does the code that gives life to the site, at the same time what we tend to miss out on is the ability to integrate the stunning interface with an equally good code that has to be designed to efficiently handle dynamic user requests from JavaScript Callbacks as well as normal process flow. Such an integrated system would be an ideal platform for the users to have great experience where he gets everything that he wants with least effort.

So where do we stand now? How far are we from giving our users the spell bound eXperience and who all would contribute to it? Lets wake up and get going.

Let us comon


Anonymous Amit Deshpande said...

You got it quite neat, my friend.

It is really a task to educate all amongst us, even the programmers (as you so rightly put) to push their limits at making the world a better place by creating immersive experiences.

At least, unambiguous and task-centric, where the user steers the design is the direction to take.

Keep up the good work, and tickle them all!

3:55 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous A Kumar said...

Hey Amit,

Thanks for the nice pat on my shoulder. Planning to put up some more like this. Lets see how far we go.

4:49 PM GMT+1  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi there! this is awesome...I am glad you set up this site...we should get all the denduluris to blog. i still don't get why it is called "blog". It does not have a good sound to it...sounds more like a nose blocked! whatever!!!

I am sure you guessed who this is :-)

3:14 PM GMT+2  
Anonymous A Kumar said...

hey anonymous, honestly i dint get who u r but thanx for the encouragement. May be you could go and have a look at as well (Its still under construction will be up in some time.)

Nyways, thanks for dropping by.

3:48 PM GMT+2  

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