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Upon the launch of a new site - add big slide-down / lightbox explanation?

Upon the launch of say a new social media site - is it appropriate to do a big slide-down / lightbox to explain what the site is about - or to let users figure things out for themselves? Former: ...
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Why use a 3-column layout like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube?

Why do sites like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube center their content and reduce its width? As opposed to sites like Reddit that go full width. Are they trying to spare the user from too much ...
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Sort by recent / popular: Use tabs or buttons?

I need to sort my content by recent and most popular. I see Reddit uses tabs, but unfortunately tabs won't fit into my layout. Would I be breaking any UX principles by using buttons? This question ...
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Should social media sharing icons be placed on the homepage as well as article pages?

I'm working on an online magazine, and we are considering which pages in the sitemap should have social media sharing icons. We have looked at four examples of related precedent sites throughout this ...
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Layout suggestions for social media sharing page

I need to make a "Share This Site" page that offer all the regular social sharing mediums and send to a friend email option. With Facebook like facebook share ReTweet this Digg Buzz delicious email ...
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Should I style my buttons?

Are there any major advantages / disadvantages in styling ones buttons like Facebook, Twitter and StackExchange - vs. not styling them like Craigslist and 4chan?
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Would adding horizontal scrolling to Facebook profiles be a good idea?

I saw these designs by Fred Nerby. He proposed adding horizontal scrolling to Facebook profiles. Is this good UI?
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integrating a social-network application into existing app from a UX point of view

We had a web app that acts as a travel portal for consumers - tours, hotels, attractions and so forth. It has recently been decided that a facebook-type platform be integrated as well. I am ...
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Best UX practice for top level category page social sharing buttons for posts

In trying to test an implementation of top page sharing widgets for individual posts, I'm able to see TechCrunch implement something similar, but with a 2-stage process, where user must hover over the ...
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Sharing Links on Facebook with Multi-Language Site?

We're trying to decide what the best course of action, and have two opposite opinions on this. We have a multi-language site (currently with English and German only). When a user shares a link to ...
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Use of Twitter Conversation Box

I'm designing the wires for an event page, with a phased approach. Phase 1 only includes registration and information, prior to the speakers being announced etc. In past years they have used a twitter ...
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Why are most social media web forms on the right hand side of the page now?

I am doing research into social media sites, and one thing I have noticed is that most of the main players in the social media and communication world (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google) ...
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Is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length?

In a social application focusing on a niche community where the level of comment quality matters, is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length? For example, see this set of comments on a ...
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Is “Tweet to Unlock a Free Download” a dark pattern?

The Bricks seemed like an interesting free UI design resource, so I proceeded to attempt download and then I hit a "Tweet to Unlock" wall. This irked me... the resource is not free if there is forced ...
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What's the purpose of showing number of comments? [closed]

I was wondering if there's a reason to do so, other than to know if there's new activity.
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Suitable positions for social links on a website

I was just wondering if there is any research done into the ideal position to place social links (such as the links to the company's Facebook,twitter and Linkedin page). I have seen them placed in ...
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Why don't Facebook and Google+ use face recognition tools for user profile pics?

Is there any reason they're not using a face recognition tools to see if someone has uploaded an avatar or a non-person picture like nature, building,etc? Will this rule limit users or frustrate them? ...
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Best way to present toggles for sharing on other social networks?

I'm trying to come up with a way to display toggles for whether you want to share your status on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. This is intended for a web application. I looked at a couple of other ...
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Advantages of integrating chat and messages

The web app I'm working on (a social network) allows users to chat and send each other messages. This is not the main focus of the app, but it will be used quite a lot (these conversation need to be ...
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Coming soon pages - best practices?

I think the design of these pages vary greatly, and there is no set standard on what's usually on these pages. However, one thing that has been common with these pages in the past is that people tend ...
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Does removing logo and general links do any good for better UX in a social network site?

I have a social network project in hand. As logo and main menu will be ignored after a while from users, I put the top menu in homepage,contactus,aboutus, and some other general pages. When user logs ...
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Are social media icons as effective when grey-scale?

Social icons may be more noticeable in the header, but they can clutter they navigation. Are social icons as effective in grey-scale? ie. Will users still see them in a group of links if they're not ...
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Should a site have separate buttons for social media sharing and following?

Following: 'following' a business on Twitter or 'liking' a business on Facebook, or subscribing to their YouTube channel. Sharing: posting something on their wall/Twitter or their content on your ...
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How do you choose which sharing buttons to offer on your web app? [closed]

Are many sharing buttons good on a web app? How about design for a online book reading app. What matters on choosing sharing tools? My feeling is to know the function of sharing widgets and know the ...
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Why did they use two-stage social media sharing buttons?

I recently visited a seemingly fairly reputable web site and was astonished to see their implementation of a two-stage trigger for their social media buttons: (The text appears when you hover over ...
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Visualize deceased user on social media?

Death is part of our life, but we tend not to think about it. When a user dies in real life, the digital user still exists. Sometimes relatives continue to update the deceased users’ social media ...
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How to create a public UX process?

I want to make an experiment. I have a new project that I don't mind opening to the public. What I want to try is to use the public (e.g. Facebook) to go through a UX design process - from collecting ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Social Media-List of users, Images, effectiveness

I am developing UI/UX for my mobile app which uses Social Networking. Currently It downloads names and events of friends, to do that I download list of user's friend from social networks, i.e. ...
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Share Buttons on Landing Page — Where to place them?

I've been reading up on share buttons in terms of placement, effectiveness, use, etc. However, the vast majority of resources are directed at blogs and other content oriented sites -- in fact, I ...
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How to show users the status of their sharing between my app and their social networks?

I am running a social commerce platform where customers can easily sign up via Facebook Connect. Products get shared via Twitter, Google+, Tumblr etc. All in all very convenient and of course, common ...
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Another word for a group of people

I am creating a facility to allow people to create groups to put people in that they like to keep in touch. I need a name for these groups and the obvious answer is 'group'. However, groups are ...
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Advice on great examples of social networking design ( profiles / search / my profile )? [closed]

I'm looking for some good examples of social networking based websites that have great designs: What to make the homepage Browsing users Showing profiles Searching for users or information Search ...
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How to indicate a user is a full member or just a regular member?

I'm looking for some nice ways to visualize whether a user is a full member or a regular member. Assume a Facebook-style website with full membership option. The profiles will be displayed as blocks ...
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Do customized “Social Media Sharing Buttons” affect the amount of interaction?

When lots of social media sharing buttons are listed it tends to look like garbage (see below). However, all the buttons and icons are (kind of?) easy to associate with the respective sites. I wish ...
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How do you convince people that social software applications are good for business? [closed]

We're trying to introduce social software applications into our organisation but attempts thus far are meeting resistance because: we're a large, conservative organisation that will always be a late ...
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Should social sharing buttons be at the top or bottom of an article?

I can certainly see arguments for both sides of this one: Buttons at the top: Easy to find, reliably positioned regardless of the article length. Extreme ease of sharing as you don't have to reach ...
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Creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a web application

What could be creative alternatives for word 'Home' on a social network applications that implies as a default space/ a living space or a place where all the updates gather?
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Social sign in while using mobile applications

The use of social sign on buttons to get people to log into web based applications is pretty common and has become quite a norm but I am wondering if the same logic could be extended to mobile ...
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What are the possible channels and methods for sharing content with only one person from an iPhone app?

I'm working on an iPhone app that will allow users to create a "book" and share it with a friend. For the most part, I anticipate users will only share each book with one person. It seems most ...
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Should a Tweet button yield a suggested Tweet over 140 characters?

I found the Stack Exchange Tweet Buttons can do exactly this and posted a Meta question about it. The Tweet Button is for instant, easy sharing, but sometimes an article title can be too long to fit ...
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Why are foursquare tweets not annoying?

(First off, this is from the perspective of UX and behavior analysis) There are a bunch of services that use platforms like twitter or facebook to publish the change of state in their own systems. ...
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Sign-in Methods for Visitors without Social Networking Profiles

If a visitor needs to sign-on at your site and they don't have any social profiles, their only option is to use a traditional (double opt-in) registration process. That is why websites should always ...
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Information Graphics vs Brand Awareness

I'm looking for some information on mapping color to graphs. To be more specific, I've got a bunch of graphs that represent Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and now Google+ in line charts. We've had an on ...
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Facebook Page or Group [closed]

Say I was hired by a store to put up Facebook account. Since I do not know who are the people that could be connected to the store, I put up a Facebook profile so I can add friends. This is against ...
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What could be an alternative for “Share this post with my network!” in a social application?

What could be an alternative word implying Share this post to my network! for use in a social application ?
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what do users respond best to when providing social bookmarking possibilities

I'm looking for what will get me most social media attention. I have a site that provides insurance information, so it would be used by most people, in the footer I'm going to place some social ...
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Social media in 'Coming Soon' pages

I was setting up a 'Coming Soon page' for a client, with an email field for users to register for updates and links to the FB page and Twitter account of the Web app. Their concept isn't ground ...
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Social media sharing: Does simply showing icons stimulate action?

This is tangentially related to the question "Social Media Icons - show all visible, or group under 'share'?". In my organization, we've generally found that displaying the individual icons for ...
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Optimal placement of share on Twitter/Facebook/social media widget on web page to encourage use

Like most every site out there, I develop a site where we encourage people to share the content through Twitter and Facebook. Also, like most other sites, the placement of the widgets is in a fixed ...