Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Texts From Last Night

When it comes to blogs that keep your attention and even provide yet another means of procrastination in this already cluttered world, a few top the charts: Failblog, FMyLife, MyLifeIsAverage, etc. One of these toppers hits the sweet spot on many occasions. TextsFromLastNight.com is one of the most hilarious sites on the web.

Visually I almost never even notice that there is anything special about it. On closer inspection, however, it would seem that the site is very well planned in its means of catching the readers attention. To start, all of the information that could other distract the reader is at the very top. There is no information that would point far away from the main idea of the site. There are a few adds at both the top and the bottom of the page as well as at the right side of the page. Even in these areas, there are more resources that could help better ones experience on the website rather than distract. The ads are on a side of the page that the eyes of the reader are quickly shown is not very necessary to even glance at.

As one analyzes that manner of information distribution across the page, it is quickly noticeable that only information pertaining to the site itself is made to stand out. The buttons "Best, Worst, and Random" are made to pop out of the screen in comparison to the rest of the page with their matching button background but stand alone red coloring. The name of the site is advertised better than anything else on the whole page. And yet with all of these, if one scrolls down the page even a little, all of these things disappear from site and the only thing that matters anymore are the actual texts.

The creators of the site planned very well with this as they chose to make every text short and sweet. It works in their favor that most texts are not more than 160 characters anyway. Their means of showing how each person that submitted the text is is very well thoughtout because it allows the readers to connect with the person that submitted it if the submitter was in the area, and ignore it otherwise. The reader can also return to a submission they made without much difficulty.

Overall the page is clear-cut and keeps the readers attention for far longer than could possibibally considered necessary.

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