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Tuesday, January 4th, 2005, 7:31 am

Right to the Point

A pattern I always come across is that of sites with long (and often pointless) drivel which rarely fits the patience span of readers. According to this item, people will not read an E-mail that is longer than 15 lines. I have come to the conclusion that the more words you write, the less words (in total) will get read.

A good exemplar of succinct reporting is Photo Matt. Here is a bad example:

Long E-mailThe E-mail on the right was sent to me from freshmeat.net this morning. It was intended to inform me about an update to Red Feline Backup. Latest release has a progress bar! Could this E-mail not be made shorter?
 
 
 
 
 

2 Responses to “Right to the Point”

  1. Scott Tobkes Says:

    …and don’t foget, some readers may not even make it to that “verbose diatibe” of 15 lines had they not survived the 8 second rule for the loading of that webpage.

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    Well, that’s true, in particular in my case. I still try to optimise the heavy load of my page. I recently layered the menu on the right so that fewer options are displayed. I also lowered the number of items to be displayed at the front page.

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