“‘Control your exit?’” I asked blankly. “What exactly does that mean?”
“It means, always be able to leave when you want. Drive yourself to a party instead of getting a ride, so you can leave when you’re ready. Try to go to someone else’s house, or a public place, instead of having people over to your house, because there’s nothing worse than seeing someone lean back and cross their legs when you’re ready to go to bed. Or else have people over to your house before some event – before a dinner reservation or a movie – so you have to leave by a certain time.”This resolution struck me as a slightly anti-social resolution, but I could see the sense of it. […]
Links to a new/recent article about information seeking behaviors and how convenience is a critical factor in the selection of information sources.
Which totally doesn’t surprise me, considering that there were times in college that I made do with what I could get quickly rather than trying to ILL the ‘perfect’ article (yes, procrastination played a role there -getting an article via ILL two weeks after the paper is due is rather pointless).
I have my doubts about this conclusion. They only tested one specific email (web-based) interface, and from my experience with multiple email interfaces, the effectiveness of the search utility would have a HUGE difference on the outcome of this study. I would love to see someone test this using Outlook 2007, for instance, because the search is horrendous (even Outlook 2003’s search was better).
I use folders heavily, though even within my use case their effectiveness varies greatly depending on what sort of message I’m trying to re-find. Something in a project folder? No problem. An old reference question by subject? Have to search, since they’re foldered by month/year, not subject (there’d be SO MANY FOLDERS if I tried to do it by subject).