*Website Critique*

For this critiquing assignment, I decided to pick Youtube, since this is most definitely one of my frequently visited sites. I also ended up picking Preserving America’s freedom from the course website. Beginning with Youtube, I must say it’s no wonder why this website is so popular amongst users. Youtube has a very unique layout. The most popular or recent videos are posted daily on the homepage, to inform users on what’s new. The site definitely is easy to use and very simple. There’s a search box on the top of the page, so whatever a user wishes to watch or listen to is accessible. Another great aspect of Youtube is the fact that anyone can watch a video or listen to a song without subscribing to the site or registering. This doesn’t test a users patience. It’s very easy to access targeted videos on youtube. Another aspect of Youtube that is useful is when users watch a video, a list of recommended videos they might like will show on the side bar or underneath the previously viewed video. These recommendations are based on the content or genre of music a user searches in the first place. Users are also able to subscribe to videos of their interest and choice. When subscribing, the user will be informed whenever a new video is posted. Youtube also has a comment box for almost every video, so users can communicate with posters, as well as give their own personal feedback. Commentary is very important when it comes down to sites, because users want to voice their opinions. The only downfall of Youtube has to be the advertisements shown before most videos. This tests the users patience. I can’t begin to count the number of times I got fed up sitting through a 30 second advertisement, 5 seconds in I just left the site and decided to use a google mp3 player instead. Aside from the commercials, I would conclude that Youtube is definitely easily accessible, very simple, user friendly, the videos posted at the top of the home page is also a great attention getter for users, and Youtube is also interactive because users can post their own personal videos as well. Now with the Preserving America’s Freedom, this site was extremely informative. Had a lot of information that I found very useful. The header was very eye catching, especially with the cursive writing in the background. The references page was a great addition because it was a true indication that the site is credible and that’s very important to users. The tabs were organized and it was easy to access the information on the site. The timeline was a great tool to get further information on the topic, but the entire site lacked visual information. There weren’t many pictures or visual aids to maintain the users interest. Also, there wasn’t a comment box anywhere so users can’t leave their thoughts and give their personal feedback on the site. Overall, both sites had their strengths and weaknesses, but both were useful in their own ways.

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