Against Motorola’s Motoblog website has struck a fireball against Motorola and NetInfinium, who developed the project. He didn’t come from all sides as his geekiness only was up to the level of so-called, business blogging.
In my humble opinion, if there’s no clear sign of trading or selling practice then how do you even categorize it as a business? I’ve got a question for everyone, how do you look at the Nike Art of Speed website, HERE [opens new window]. And to be transparent with everyone, that was what Motoblog was trying to achieve.
I felt Tim Yang also took personal punches at the bloggers who helped the project by providing a space in their busy schedule. He criticized that none of the articles written had any dynamism in it. Now, if I were to ask you, how many of you really find dynamism in a person’s journal type of blog and get excited? I wonder how many hands would there be.
Tim definitely went all the way through as he even commented on the photos that were taken by the bloggers. He said, “And the photos are generic shots of cars, food and other still life. Hardly “dynamic” stuff.” Anyone could guess what kinda dynamic stuff he was looking for in terms of camera phone photography. Does a blonde with a high slit and nice numbers count as dynamic?
Oh, one of the best part of his article. He even hammered the Terms & Conditions that was on the website. Does a geek really do all this just to fill their time? Gosh.
I’ve got no true way to end this article but it would be for the better because for a person who comments on a project till this extent:
I don’t think he’s a person that qualifies himself as someone who accepts new ideas. As for those out there who’s done the same, it only takes one to create a rebellion but if you hadn’t any involvement in the project, all you can do is exploit the freedom of speech.
If you’ve worked with multibillion corporations, why not comment even on the clients you have online on your website? And also why not allow people to comment your article? Are you worried you wouldn’t have anymore freedom so you take other readers freedom away too? Oh yeah, guess what else Tim Yang the Malaysian does to his other fellow locals online, HERE [opens new window].
Does anyone want more? Google is such a lovely tool to use.
And though many think of it as pretty, I feel it lacks usability. The MT page that stands alone reminds me of a catalogue. I can visualize the squares containing a product and information. There isn’t really any important focus to a content. In a user test, my eyes follow the images and then to the yellow colored sidebar before scanning towards the left where you see all that content.
Furthermore, I think it’s placement of the sub-navigation ‘Pricing, Features..etc’ is out of place. It looks as though it’s been put there because there is no more room. IMHO, I think the usage of panels is on an overkill. No doubt usage of colors were great to seperate them but the panels on both sides looks as though it’s squeezing the center content.
It’s funny that I feel the layout of the TypePad and LiveJournal pages are somewhat more comforting compared to the MT page. I also feel that the ‘About Us’ page is suffering from the same problem with the MT page. There is no single point of concentration. All the panels are demanding an importance on the page.
I might not be use to it but being a user who first visited the website, I feel more confused on the pages mentioned. The Support page looks great and two thumbs up from me. Overall, SixApart did alright but if they don’t solve the problem then potential customers might be too confused to find out more about the product before purchasing it.
This my opinion so I shouldn’t be held against anything as I too am an MT follower and just want to help SixApart improve in every way. Visit the new website at www.sixapart.com and tell me what you think.