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Creatures of Habit or Convenience? Users Still Use Browser Bookmarks and Email to Save Information

J. Owens, A. D. Shaikh, & B. Chaparro Summary. As users browse or search the Internet for information, it is not uncommon for them to save URLs or links for future reference or share a link with a friend or

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Does Color Impact How Users View a Portal Web Page?

Justin W. Owens & Sav Shrestha Summary. This study investigated the eye movement patterns of users viewing a portal web page. Previous research has shown that web portal pages are scanned by row from top to bottom. In the current

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Trick or Tweet: How Usable is Twitter for First-Time Users?

Justin W. Owens, Kelsi Lenz, and Stephanie Speagle Summary. Social networking websites have become common tools people use for communication and sharing media such as photos. Currently, one of the most popular social networking websites is Twitter. A usability study

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Eye Movement Analysis of Text-Based Web Page Layouts

Sav Shrestha & Justin W. Owens Summary. User eye movements of five different text-based web page layouts were compared. The layouts evaluated were a narrow 1-column, narrow 2-column and full-length text layouts, including those with a picture on the right

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How Do Users Browse a Portal Website? An Examination of User Eye Movements

Owens, J. W. & Shrestha, S. Summary. This study examined the eye movement patterns of users browsing a web-based portal interface. Results demonstrate consistent scan patterns in both 2 and 3-column portal layouts. In the 2-column portal, users viewed the

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