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Exploring blog spaces: A study of blog reading experiences using dynamic contextual displays

Laqua, S; Sasse, MA; (2009) Exploring blog spaces: A study of blog reading experiences using dynamic contextual displays. In: People and Computers XXIII, Celebrating People and Technology: Proceedings of HCI 2009, Churchill College Cambridge, UK. 1 - 5 September 2009. (pp. pp. 252-261). British Computer Society (BCS): Swindon, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

In this paper we report on an eye-tracking experiment conducted with 60 participants to gain an understanding of how people interact with blog environments. We compared a standard blog interface with a novel contextual blog interface, which dynamically adjusts its contextual navigation to a selected article. We measured task performance and interaction behaviour for explorative tasks and goal-oriented search tasks. We further collected subjective feedback to evaluate user preferences. We found that participants using the contextual blog interface completed search tasks 19% faster and made 80% fewer errors. Moreover, participants using the contextual blog interface interacted more with the provided information during the exploration tasks. We did not find significant differences in user preference overall between both blog interfaces. However, a more detailed analysis of our results suggests significant demographic differences for performance, behavioural and subjective measures. © 2009 The Author.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Exploring blog spaces: A study of blog reading experiences using dynamic contextual displays
Event: 23rd British HCI Group Annual Conference on People and Computers
ISBN-13: 9781906124878
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://ewic.bcs.org/content/conWebDoc/32617
Language: English
Additional information: British Computer Society, Swindon, UK, © 2009. Published by BCS Learning & Development Limited: http://www.bcs.org/learnedpublishing.
Keywords: Blogging, Contextualization, Contextual User Interfaces, Focus + Context Interfaces, Eye Tracking, Cognitive Style
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/20336
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