Usefulness vs. pushiness

FindTheBest doesn’t push email subscriptions “just because”, it seems to analyze your time/behavior on a page and suggest subscribing when it’s safe to assume the visitor is really interested. I got this subscription offer after I scrolled up and down the company page and spent more than 15 seconds on the page.

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Less errors, more automated fixes

Omnigraffle – when you create a canvas with the name that’s already been used – it doesn’t show you error saying that you have to rename it or it can’t be saved, it renames it for you adding an additional 1, 2, 3…to the name to differentiate it.

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Funny captcha method

Captcha is annoying. Always. It makes a business/technological problem into a nuisance for users.

In this case I thought it was kind of funny though. It introduces a light gamification into the captcha test.

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Feedback on facts

Google offers factual Wikipedia-like information next to many search results. To keep facts accurate they offer a simple feedback interface.

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Dropdown search usability

When you have a form with a country field, you’ll often see a dropdown list with 100+ options. That’s not very user-friendly.

Here is an example of a friendly version for this, using a search field for the actual dropdown field that narrows the options as you type.

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Mark all as read

Whoo hoo! I just noticed that google now allows you to  “Mark all as read” without having to select page after page of unread emails.

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Thank you google. It’s the little things that make life easier. +1 for simple UX.