I'm working on a link sharing app where people browse links posted by people they follow.
For many reasons, primarily technical limitations, I've decided that the best method for users to post links is through web app and not a native app.
This created two options, each with a trade-off:
- Less friction in the link posting process.
- More friction in the link browsing process. The user has to hit back after each link visited.
- No home-screen means of initiation or presence i.e., app icon. The user has to navigate to the web app by typing the domain name in the address bar of a web browser.
- Less friction in the browsing process. The user can tap or swipe to go to next link.
- More friction in the link posting process. The user has to navigate to the app and submit the link there.
An option is for users to use the web-browser to post and the native app to browse the shared links.
Question: How can having users create content in one area and browse in another affect adoption or UX?