I'm building a Metro App that lists all your Facebook and twitter likes on a per URL basis.

So it's basically just a list. But I think the usual Metro Tiles/Grid style is really not very helpful here. This is how the App looks right now, just to give you an idea about the data:

Super Social Media Tracker

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  • Screenshots.

They'd add visual appeal and might add functionality as well. I can tell from a screenshot which page on my site is being referenced more quickly than I can scan the URL.

A visual way to browse popularity by screenshots could be interesting. http://pttrns.com is a site about design patterns, but the overall style (big pictures, minimal text) fits with Microsoft's "modern" aesthetic.

Design patterns

  • Default sorting options could be useful.

For example, "most popular" could aggregate the Facebook and Twitter likes and then display the URLs in order of most liked to least liked.

  • Visualization of changes over time.

Microsoft's finance app shows one minimal, tile-y concept for a way to display increases and decreases over time.

Microsoft Finance app


The tradicional Windows Grid is not recommended for that use. There's a guideline for search purposes:

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You can use auto suggest, but filter should be placed with the results

Here's an example of how your results list could be.

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Kinda like this

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For more Windows guidelines info: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/apps/hh465233.aspx

  • It's not called Metro any more.
    – DaveP
    Commented Nov 22, 2012 at 13:25

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