- Who is your primary audience? Do you have a secondary one? My primary audience is someone who has a lot of websites that they like to check for new content frequently but would rather see all of that content in one place. So basically an everyday person who looks at a lot of blogs and news websites mostly. A secondary audience would be up there with the first but it’s someone who wants to also be able to have more control over the kinds of content that appears in the reader (As an example: instead of receiving any sports news stories, show only sports news that contains information about the Timbers).
- What are the top three objectives for your app? One: To be able to access various website’s new content in an organized and understandable way. Two: To have the user quickly and easily be able to add new sources to follow. Three: To allow the user to be able to set more specific settings on how frequently to check the source, to be able to parse by keywords, and to allow the user to set push notifications on certain content.
- What are all of the features that related apps have? Are there any that you have thought of on your own? List as many as you can. Really all readers have an organization system for the content, mostly by topic (News, Entertainment, Art, etc). There’s also listing the content, showing if it’s read or unread, showing how many new/unread content in each category, prioritizing certain sources/content (ie: “starred” content), “favorite” articles/stories, adding/deleting channels/content, a login (of course), search, save, share. For my own (that I’m not sure if I’ve seen others doing this) Setting push notifications for certain content, filtering content based on keywords, authors, etc., and also being able to still include content from websites that may not have an RSS feed (the new content would be parsed for keywords).
- What is the bare minimum in functionality that your web app should be able to do? Bare minimum, for this app to function, the user would have to be able to add new sources and be able to view the content that comes in. Because of the possible volume of new content I also think that some sort of organization of the content will also be necessary.
- What features are unnecessary or don’t lead directly to the objectives you listed above? Probably favoriting, searching, saving and sharing specific content wouldn’t be vital, but it would add to the usability. Also push notifications and a login maybe wouldn’t be absolutely necessary.
- What is your “Call to Action” (The first thing a user should do)? This is a slightly tricky question. As with most programs the first thing that user might have to do is set up and account. But past that the first thing would be to add content sources (RSS feeds from blogs and websites, or in the case of my app, parsing from websites without an RSS feed). One way to accomplish this is maybe to either ask the user about their interests and make suggestions, or allow them to exit and add their own specifically.
You can see that my wireframes do have some similarities. I’ll see what you guys think in class. I’m feeling a little daunted.