Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Interface Compare: Inviting Friends on MySpace & Facebook

Facebook UI vs. MySpace UI ...

"I’m introducing a new type of post here at Bokardo called “Interface Compare”. I’ll use it to compare interfaces from different services to highlight interesting things designers are doing (or not doing). The first installment is comparing the Invite screens on MySpace and Facebook.

The interface for this is pretty straightforward. You can type in the email addresses of all the friends who you would like to invite, separated by a comma. You can also add a message to the invite if you want.

You’ll notice one big difference between the Facebook and MySpace invite screens. Facebook allows you to import addresses from various third party email systems. You can grab your contacts from webmail services such as Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Hotmail. You can also import contacts from your desktop mail applications as well.

It is probable that the Facebook invite screen causes more invitations to be sent than the MySpace invite screen. They’ve made it much easier to add large amounts of contacts without having to type in the addresses by hand. Imagine typing more than a couple email addresses in that tiny little window! Also, we have to ask: how many email addresses do we remember anyway? Even if we typed in all that we could remember, we would still have less than is what is in our contacts list. The Facebook interface makes all that hassle a non-issue."    (Continued via Bokardo)    [Usability Resources]

MySpace Invite Screen - Usability, User Interface Design

MySpace Invite Screen

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