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Figuring out the fold, and is it even a question worth asking? | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Figuring out the fold, and is it even a question worth asking?

The Fold

While reading the article Blasting the Myth of the Fold from boxesandarrows (which I recommend reading), I came across a fascinating tool in a response to the article. The tool determines a percentage of people that would see the information before a fluid fold within a browser. The site is www.foldspy.com, all you need to do is sign up with an email address and url of the domain you want to check out. The site then gives you one line of code to insert into the site, once that’s in you can determine the percentages. Of course I have no idea if those percentages are accurate but it at least gives you a guideline as to what people are seeing when they land on a page. If you’re curious to see the function in action – here’s my url for the site test: http://designnotes.info/#foldspy

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  • http://www.foldspy.com/ Eoghan McCabe

    Hi Michael,

    Thanks for the link.

    We’re only just getting started with FoldSpy (launched the middle of last week) so we’re still not doing the best job explaining it. 🙂

    On the data we use: we collect the browser sizes from visitors to sites using FoldSpy Free. That data is processed nightly and fed back into the system. When you load FoldSpy on your site, the information is based on thousands of users browsers (588,822 so far, to be precise). So I’m confident it’s pretty accurate. But it will get more accurate as time goes by. We expect to have measured 1 million users browsers by the end of the week.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michael

    Thanks for the fyi Eoghan – best of luck with the site!