Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Browsing and Content Discovery...

A segment of a social networkImage via WikipediaTo my surprise there was decent article about web content and information seeking behaviour and resource discovery in this week's run of Mashable articles: Why Browsing Is So Important to Content Discovery. Highlighting the failings of the search-based or social methods of information discovery that dominate the web today, the author - a librarian...oh how we've grown, provides a nice overview of what we librarians all know, most users are really not quite sure what they're looking for when they sit down to do a web search.
the real problem for undirected and overwhelmed information seekers (and I argue we are in the majority) is that the structure of a social network is shaped by social rules, and not by the beautiful subject hierarchies or systems of classification that, while painstakingly and artificially constructed, can allow for effortless and organic navigation.
Worth a read.