Usability Done Right
By WillYum. Saturday, August 15, 2009 2:30:00 AM
I've lost my fair share of written words to frozen computers, mis-targeted late night mouse clicks, proxy errors, and plain ol' gremlins. So when I was working on a very long post recently and noticed autosave here in the OC, I was thrilled.
If you're going to do something, do it well, and if the something you are is a blog publisher, then do that well. Don't force people to stop their creative stream and go over to their word processor and save-save-(or trust it to autosave).
It has to do with association, it's the way our brain works. We associate certain ideas and tasks with certain locations. Likewise, when we think blog (or when I think about usability) I think about the Opera Community. Writing is merely the form of communication I wish to use, it's not the intention behind my thought. My intention is to share my thoughts and ideas with others in the world. My forum of choice is the OC.
The extra step gets missed all too easily, and I often times end up in this cozy little text box writing up blog posts and not the infinitely more safe Microsoft Word with autosave.
When you look around at human interaction, this very process is repeated over and over again. That's why the OC folks get my kudos and a tip of the hat for taking an action which supports their desire to be a community where ideas are shared easily.
P.S. All that said... they've got some work to do on not-double-triple, etc saving my single blog post. They'll get there.