Needs Assessment Plan for ReadLater App
by Ruchita Rathi
Based on my initial discussions with project mentors and after following the discussion threads on ownCloud’s git issue tracker, here is the wishlist of features for the app:
- The app should be able to intuitively build dynamic newsfeed based on the chronologically selected tags.
Why we need this: Because once in a while, you do want to clean up your accumulated tags (just like you would spring clean your house) Sometimes, we really need to read the article we have tagged/bookmarked/added to our account, but we forget the tag that we gave to the article, heck we even forget what the title of the article was, all we remember is maybe an image or central theme of the article.
2. If the app can show dynamically create news feed based on past week’s data, these would allow the user to go through the articles without spending considerable time searching for it. (may be Pinterest type thumbnail view of the articles for last week or asking the user to rate the article (whether they really want to revisit it say after 8 days or so). And because we are in spring cleaning mode, it would be nice to have an “archive” option to dump all the clutter.
(e) Ability import bookmarks from other accounts is hidden under settings icon, this gives a rather broken user experience for a first time user because as a first time user of the application, I want to ensure that I am able to bring in all the data from my accounts with a single click. (Right now the user needs to click the Bookmarks app first, then go to the settings icon to reach to the “Import” function)
5. Based on Alessandro’s idea about the app: “Read later app should be able to distinguish between bookmarks and pages that are part of the reading list (may be have separate icons for bookmarks and reading list)”
- Usability issues filed for boookmarks feature.
- Usability testing for instapaper, pocket, feedafever, and other apps listed in https://github.com/wallabag/wallabag/issues/429
- Inferences from the social tagging behavior: Trant, Jennifer. “Studying social tagging and folksonomy: A review and framework.” Journal of Digital Information 10, no. 1 (2009) and UC Berkeley School of Information’s course on Information Organization and Retrieval — INFO 202