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Read vs. View | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Read vs. View

Read vs. View

It’s a minor thing, but this morning when I went to click on a button to see a video, the button said “read” on it. Nothing serious about that though I wonder if view would have been a better choice. That then got me to think about actions after you click. How often do you click on a button that usually says “read” to get more info and all you do is scroll, grab a bit of info an move on? Are you really reading or more like viewing? Kind of like back in the day when tv was relevant and you were passively taking things in.

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  • http://www.kinosport.tv James

    It’s not reading, but it’s certainly not passive. It’s more active and aggressive than reading: constantly skimming and deboning block of information to find out what is useful, clickable, or downloadable.

    I don’t think it’s possible to properly read on the internets. It’s difficult to give yourself over to one voice or narrative . . . how many people read fiction online?

  • http://www.kinosport.tv James

    It's not reading, but it's certainly not passive. It's more active and aggressive than reading: constantly skimming and deboning block of information to find out what is useful, clickable, or downloadable.

    I don't think it's possible to properly read on the internets. It's difficult to give yourself over to one voice or narrative . . . how many people read fiction online?

  • http://www.iamtheweather.com seanaes

    For me I would be more likely to click to read more about the pushing than want to watch a video.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    I probably should have posted the original url in question to show the example: http://clusterstock.alleyinsider.com/2008/12/wa

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    I def. don't disagree w/ the idea of clickable, downloadable or even emedable – of all the people online that don't publish their own stuff I wonder how many people really do that after the novelty wears off? I haven't come across any stats one way or another but I'd be interested to read the percentage.

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    When I go to cnn.com I never click on their video icon, but if there was a option to jump to the video page with some text before the video started it would be a lot better of an experience. So in that sense I can relate to what you're saying. As video pages go, the example in my other comment does a pretty good job where cnn doesn't.

  • http://itellstories.org Sameer Vasta

    I think the label “More >” is a much more apt label in this case. It's not an imperative telling you do to do something, it's an indicator of extra information. What you do with that information is your own choice.

    I dunno, that's just me thinking out loud.

  • http://www.logodesignguru.com Nikki – logo design guru

    People have become lazy in this era. I mean seriously, ask anyone, if given the option people would usually always pick view over read. They would rather information be told to them. I say get away from that mind set and though we do live in a time of convenience, laziness should be executed.