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They're leveraging Sunk Costs, a powerful psychological effect. Since you've filled out the standard parts of the form you're more inclined to click the Like button; bailing out late means abandoning all the work you've done. Even if the "cost" was something rather minor like this, you're likely to see less of a bounce rate than you would with a form that ...


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It's intentional, grid-breaking design Grid-breaking is a common design technique used to draw attention to important objects on a page. By intentionally misaligning visual content to the page's natural grid lines, a designer can draw attention to a key piece of content on a page because the user's eye will naturally be drawn to that content. The following ...


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There are far more important things when it comes to UX for Facebook A site with 2.5 billion active users needs to constantly rethink things, test them, make them better, add new functions etc. the UX gain is far too small and the impact on the overall site far too big. How do you measure how users react to different things if one user has a background in ...


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The overlapping is there to show the hierarchy between the two photos. The profile image is the more important one and the cover is an additional info that you can show to the user. Think of an example where those 2 photos were ordered differently, for example the cover photo first and beneath it the profile image. Your eyes will look first at the bigger ...


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Be transparent with your users. I would include a message that communicates two things: The application did its job successfully Facebook imposes this "inconvenient" requirement Perhaps something along the lines of: We successfully found 105 posts that match this criteria. In order to keep your account safe, Facebook doesn't allow 3rd-party ...


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1. Engagement particularly with richer content. The evidence concerning the change in engagement is mixed. Evidence of increased engagement This study suggests some positive impact for marketers - Simplymeasured.com 14% Increase in Fan Engagement 46% Increase in Content Engagement 65% Increase in Interactive Content Engagement (Video and Photo) ...


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In addition to the other comments discouraging this, it should not be assumed that the user even has a Facebook account. In this case, the form effectively requires the user to sign up for Facebook, which will almost always amount to an abandoned form.


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These are called 'Dark patterns' and these can be used in many different ways to influence users behaviour. Social networks as you mentioned put the logout button in a separate menu, Facebook in particular hide the 'deactivate' option very deeply in a settings structure. Some people also believe that you can never delete your Facebook account, when in ...


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I'll point to Reddit as an example of why not to allow users to redesign their pages: it becomes a fragmentation issue. If you allow users to control the look and feel of the software, then you lose control of the experience. Reddit has mostly kept the same, dated design for a number of years, because a cohesive redesign means they will strip subreddits of ...


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This link/information should help you: Facebook content placeholder deconstruction - http://cloudcannon.com/deconstructions/2014/11/15/facebook-content-placeholder-deconstruction.html To summarize the link information: Why would I ever use this? We can’t always remove having to wait for information but we can make the wait feel shorter. By giving some ...


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No you shouldn't. The only right answer is to provide the best user experience possible. Un-needed extra steps, no matter how small, are unacceptable. Extra un-needed steps that feel, and ARE evil to any degree are further unacceptable. Is it a good idea from a business perspective? Doesn't matter, bad UX is bad UX. Period. There are further deeper ...


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The simplest way would be to let the user know that new content is available. These can be found in many different applications that dynamically load new content. For example say, the user has scrolled down a couple of times in an application with infinite scroll you can do something like this, For paginated applications, consider not updating content in ...


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The theme and colours are part of Facebook's brand. It keeps everything consistent, and stops people from creating "ugly" pages.


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As a style, people often describe very thin lines and neutral shades of color as minimal. If you emphasize everything, nothing gets emphasized. Minimalist art is about emphasis. I suppose you could relate this to web design by saying minimalist design emphasizes content (text, video, sound). Minimalism in design sprung from WW2. There was a new emphasis on ...


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Facebook timeline is not a design change but a concept change. From being just a social networking site, with the introduction of Timeline they want it to be integral part of a person's life. It makes the user feel more connected as now it shows the complete life span of the individual from Birth day to college to employment to every single moment in life. ...


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It's much more usable to have text accompanying icons. The paradox of icons is they have to be universally recognizable enough that they could appear without text, but they never should appear without text. Also with the Like text, the clickable size of the icon is larger, ie it's more accessible. Your chosen icon to represent a Like action is poor, to be ...


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Requiring facebook is a bad idea. There is a significant number of people that don't use FB and there's no reason to exclude them. And others, even if they do use FB, prefer to register through other avenues (twitter, google+ etc.). Best to be as flexible and accommodating as possible, for both the immediate concern of acquiring registrations and the ...


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Though I cant speak from any existing research which FB or Google plus must have done with the logic of not enforcing that users have to upload facial pictures, I believe there are three primary reasons : Users might not be comfortable with posting their picture for personal or privacy concerns and would prefer to use a neutral picture such as a flower,...


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Adding horizontal scrolling to FB is probably not the best idea. But, like most things design, it depends. In general, horizontal scrolling is: Bad for Mouse Users For mouse users, horizontal scrolling can be a jarring & frustrating UX. While nearly all mice have scroll wheels, many don't "lean" left/right, & for the ones that do, being precise ...


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They are worth avoiding because: They are completely unusable on a touch device. So if someone were to use the app / site on a tablet, they would have no way of knowing that they existed at all. Given the growth in touch devices, I would argue that this alone is a good enough reason not to use any hover effects. They have poor affordance. Unless you know ...


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Having two lists could create difficulties in scrolling. Also it's not a good way to divide friends on those who have the game and those who have not. The reason is in what drives me to play with someone. "A-ha! Is she so clever? Let's see!". So don't build the barrier. The better way is to display all the friends, adding clear signs of whether someone has ...


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"I want something even more reliable to our visitors." Then don't force the user to use Facebook to log in. Whenever I see that, I hit the back button. period. If I have options, I'll stick around. If you MUST use Facebook's login API, ask for the least amount of permissions possible. No, you don't need access to everything. No, you don't need to post on ...


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Just because I submit to some newsletter or support forum or whatever does not mean I actually like that company. Someone is going to be added to my adblock list in this case, even if that renders something else less usable. It's like having to hug a salesperson when all you really wanted was a car or your groceries. And if it is inevitable the reaction may ...


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When the user comes to the Home page, the user does not expect to see the form top left because it's not the most important thing on the website, from the users perspective. uxmovement has a good article about this.


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You might consider the security aspect of a login form. Let’s say a user is trying to login to the system – but enters the wrong password. What should you do then? Register a new user? Probably not. Would you tell the user that the password is wrong and implying that the username is valid? That’s not a good idea either because it opens up for possible ...


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If you are only going to show it to them, then it is fine to show it. If someone has signed up with a facebook account, they would have already agreed to allow you to see their profile pic. If you are going to make it publicly viewable, then it is not okay to do it unless you get explicit permission from them first. You could by default not show it and ...


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Those are floating (side) navigation. I have used sticky float jquery plugin in the past to implement it.


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Why not simply use 'Connect with Facebook' 'Connect with Twitter' on this screen - What is the advantage of differentiating between signup vs signin here? From the users perspective the action is the same - the only implication is on your end as to whether you are creating a new account for them or logging them in to an existing account


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I think this is too early to abandon description from this particular action. The icon itself still can mean 'Thumbs up' or 'Okay'. Facebook users are not only techy young people, who understand what 'liking' exactly means. Keeping the label makes it more clear and also helps to associate 'Like' action to Facebook itself, so it's not only practical, but also ...


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The technology is there. I wouldn't be surprised if it continues to evolve in some way. They certainly recgnise the presence of a face and have been able to suggest an identity with some accuracy - providing you can see enough of the face. The technology is impressive in its ability though. Both companies have acquired facial recognition companies in the ...


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