Good Demonstration on the Future of Information Overload

Aurora (Part 1) from Adaptive Path on Vimeo.

This well produced video on Aurora, a concept browser of the future being developed by Adaptive Path in collaboration with Mozilla Labs (affiliated with Firefox), actually highlights the glaring problems of information overload:
  1. Too many online data sources provide conflicting information, so no conclusions can comfortably be made. Examples: housing market, oil prices, economy... who can get this right?
  2. "Clouds" of shareable online data are visual representations of or other social bookmarking tools. Programmer attempts to pimp out the user experience with virtual world-like tools miss the fact that text is quite easy to browse and understand.
  3. Features that allow people to pop out and chat with you on the browser are detracting... and frankly unworkable for most busy people.
  4. Icon overload - browser screens are packed with "objects" that the user apparently should recognize from past web browsing. This is a real geek vision - programmers believing that the consumer can handle complexity online in the same way they should remember every detail of a video game. A user essentially uses a browser three ways - drag and drop, searching for data and bookmarking.
(h/t Inquisitr)


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