5 second test

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Have you seen this? It's a way to get really feedback about first impressions of your site. You upload a screenshot of your site and get back a test url. Users click on the url get a 5 second preview of your site. Then they are asked to write down what they remember about the site.

Want to try it out? It's fun to do them. Here's one for my work site:

http://fivesecondtest.com/test/6f7cae6

(You all have seen my other sites!)

Get your own test here:

http://fivesecondtest.com/

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Wow, I wasn't able to recall many things after only 5 seconds. It's still a good idea because they say sites will loose most visitors within the first 8 seconds or something.

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Yeah, that's what I found too, although with some sites I've tested I found that there were pretty important things that I couldn't remember seeing - like the logo.

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So when you create the test, you have to manually give the URL to people? I was thinking it was a site you could go to where people interested sat and looked at images and commented on random ones.

Do you have a sample of the results you get?

-Greg

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Seems like a good site to get some feedback from. I will be interested to see how you get the data from reviewers.

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It just sends you an email with exactly what the user inputted. So far not all that useful - I think it could be better if they rephrased the question. Maybe instead of asking about the elements you can recall it could ask what your first impression was or something like that.

I have heard from others that you get better feedback if you test a page for a specific topic or purpose rather than a general home page.

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Sure, I have heard that the "average" viewer decides whether to stay on a web site in the first 10-20 seconds.

I think the 5 second test is kind of extreme. I remember in 3rd grade my teacher took the class outside and told us to look in a store window, then she told us to write everything down that we saw.

It's not so much a test of the display, but rather a test of an individual's retention of visual data, which varies greatly.

I suppose the 5 second test can be a metric tool, along with other tools. I would not base decisions solely on its results.

After the initial splash, a site needs to have engaging content, sensible navigation, and if appropriate, useful tools, to keep the visitor engaged.

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decibel.places wrote:
Sure, I have heard that the "average" viewer decides whether to stay on a web site in the first 10-20 seconds.

I think the 5 second test is kind of extreme. I remember in 3rd grade my teacher took the class outside and told us to look in a store window, then she told us to write everything down that we saw.

It's not so much a test of the display, but rather a test of an individual's retention of visual data, which varies greatly.

I suppose the 5 second test can be a metric tool, along with other tools. I would not base decisions solely on its results.

After the initial splash, a site needs to have engaging content, sensible navigation, and if appropriate, useful tools, to keep the visitor engaged.

Yeah, I wouldn't base too many decisions off of this. I looked at the Waterloo site and wasn't able to remember too much because all I was thinking was, I need to remember as much as I can.

I think it's good to think about first impressions, but 5 seconds may be too unrealistic.

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I found taking part in this test quite illuminating. On the University of Waterloo site I remembered the name of the university, some stuff about the crest (branding, which is important), some keywords from the main news article, and where the navigation is.

From that we can see that the hierarchy of information on the site, and the way it's presented, is good.

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Very cool idea. I like it.

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This is really nice test that you provide in this thread. There are some karma point, free points. You people good knowledge about the test. With this every one can get hierarchy of information from this site. And its good presenting.

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