Nielsen about Weblogs and Weblog Usability

It’s out since October 17, but I didn’t blog about it so far. I am talking about usability guru Jakob Nielsen’s Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes. Others discussed the design mistakes in detail, I simply want to point to the fact, that even Jakob Nielsen starts talking about blogs now*.

Nielsen defines Weblogs and Weblog usability as follows:

Weblogs are a form of website. The thousands of normal website usability guidelines therefore apply to them, as do this year’s top ten design mistakes. But weblogs are also a special genre of website; they have unique characteristics and thus distinct usability problems.

[…] Some weblogs are really just private diaries intended only for a handful of family members and close friends. Usability guidelines generally don’t apply to such sites, because the readers‘ prior knowledge and motivation are incomparably greater than those of third-party users. When you want to reach new readers who aren’t your mother, however, usability becomes important.

Also, while readers of your intranet weblog might know you, usability is important because your readers are on company time.

* Ok, this is not totally correct, as this page shows.

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