Steve Krug made several strong claims about how people in our age actually use the internet. He stated how web designers will spend hours attempting to make the perfect web page only for it to be musty ignored by its user (1). He identified how many people don’t actually read most webpages but while scan, or skim, the page looking for keywords to get what we need quickly (1). As we scan pages we are also very like to be satisfied with the first thing that might answer our need with the risk of being wrong because we are normally in a hurry and are willing to make a mistake as there are no major consequences (1). Lastly he talked about how in reality we “muddle through” using the internet and once we find a way that works, we will likely stick with it (1). I believe that Krug’s argument is that despite the advances and work put into websites, people will use the internet in the manner that is most convenient to them.
I did a google search on dogs and ended up picking petfinder.com because it had the most appealing name and was the third one down. When I got on to the site I only read the largest words and scrolled down the page but nothing really caught my I because I didn’t really come to the site with any purpose (2). I went back up to the top of the screen and ended up clicking on dog breeds which sent me to a page with a list of dog breeds starting with A (2). In the search box I typed in husky which laid to zero location available (2). Ultimately, I got bored and went back to the home page where nothing else caught my eye.
Krug’s writer seemed to be accurate since I only scanned the the home page for something interesting and clicking-able without trying to actually read any of the info underneath them. Eventually I gave up and decided to go with the easiest opinion which was clicking one of the links on the top of the page which seemed to lead to something interesting. On the second page I scanned only about half the page until I found what I wanted, a search bar. I found my method of maneuvering the site easy even though I was aimlessly searching through it.
Krug’s writing used irony as one of his strategies because I personally didn’t think that I would fall under the group of people that he described. Another strategy he had used to was cause and effect analysis. He used this when describing how many people will use the internet once and continue to use it in that way even when there is a better, or quick, way of doing it. I believe that Krug’s is informing reader on how they really use technology. His writing was meant to open our eyes as I personally found it to be true for myself as I had search a website after reading it. At first I felt skeptical as I did not think I used the internet in that way, but now feel the purpose of his writing was to inform the public about themselves.
(1) Krug, Steve. Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: a Common Sense Approach to Web Usability. New Riders Publishing(IS), 2014.
(2) “Dog: Dog Breeds, Adoption, Bringing a Dog Home and Care.” Petfinder, www.petfinder.com/dogs/.