Title

Analysis and Design of Power-Use Websites

Lead Author Major

Computer Science

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Emma Browning

Faculty Mentor Department

Computer Science

Abstract/Artist Statement

Building one of the most visited websites on the internet comes with nearly as many challenges as it does successes. This study served as a design and analysis of user interfaces and interactivity on large scale websites, examining YouTube as a primary example. Unlike Google and Facebook, the other two most visited sites on the planet, YouTube has a wide range of users. They range from power users who are highly interactive with other members of the YouTube community, to users who use the site primarily as a search engine. This study focused on building a site that caters to the needs of a broad spectrum of visitors, based on existing sites and feedback from current YouTube users. A prototype remodeled site was created based on this feedback, which collected through an online survey. The remodeled site evolves based on actions and input from each individual users, encouraging casual users to be integrated slowly into a power user, in a personalized and natural way.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

3-5-2014 2:00 PM

End Date

3-5-2014 3:30 PM

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Analysis and Design of Power-Use Websites

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Building one of the most visited websites on the internet comes with nearly as many challenges as it does successes. This study served as a design and analysis of user interfaces and interactivity on large scale websites, examining YouTube as a primary example. Unlike Google and Facebook, the other two most visited sites on the planet, YouTube has a wide range of users. They range from power users who are highly interactive with other members of the YouTube community, to users who use the site primarily as a search engine. This study focused on building a site that caters to the needs of a broad spectrum of visitors, based on existing sites and feedback from current YouTube users. A prototype remodeled site was created based on this feedback, which collected through an online survey. The remodeled site evolves based on actions and input from each individual users, encouraging casual users to be integrated slowly into a power user, in a personalized and natural way.