Browsing: User Experience

*ping* Ev Williams This morning I logged into Medium to read some stuff and was greeted by a bright green indicator in the top right, shouting “80.” Now I love the dopamine rush as much as the next person, but after clicking on that I was completely overwhelmed. Each individual line-item was basically saying the same thing. Either I was followed by someone, my most recent post was recommended, or it had some highlights. Of course this is a good problem to have as I’m very happy that my most recent post was enjoyable by some. As I know this isn’t the case with every post, I do understand the value of showing each individual interaction…up to a point. Maybe we could call that “point” 5, or roughly the number of times you’d see it while on a mobile browser before seeing the same thing over and over again and…

Update: according to TechCrunch it looks like Facebook may be working on a fix for this! We have heard reports of some people experiencing battery issues with our iOS app. We’re looking into this and hope to have a fix in place soon.— Facebook Spokesman These screenshots should speak for themselves, but just to be painfully clear, I’ll set it up: Over the last 7 days, Facebook is the greatest offender of battery drain on my iPhone 6s PlusIt accounted for 15% of all battery drainDespite having background app refresh disabled, because the app isn’t “sleeping” properly when I hit the home button, it continues to drainThat extraneous background usage, despite not providing any value to me at all, is keeping the app alive 2x longer than my actual usageEven the resource hog Safari drained 3% less over the last week despite being on the screen for half an hour…

This is not an official Apple graphic. I made it up. Update: In the years since I made this post, Apple has since launched Business Chat. While it’s not all that I had outlined in this post, it gets at some of the core thoughts: we don’t need an app for everything. I’m excited to see where Apple takes Business Chat from here. There’s already been a fair amount written on the subject on the future of texting and of messaging-as-an-interface. Jonathan Libov had a pretty comprehensive set of ideas that established how a lightweight texting option could replace many of the apps that we deal with today. In the post title “Futures of Text” he says: In contrast to a GUI that defines rules for each interaction — rules which, frustratingly, change from app to app — text-based, conversational interactions are liberating in their familiarity. There’s only really only one way to skin this…