__/ [Big Bill] on Friday 25 November 2005 16:40 \__
> On Fri, 25 Nov 2005 07:08:27 -0800, "Hymer"
> <ergobob@sonic[REMOVE].net> wrote:
>>There is an interesting article about the use of animated narrative to keep
>>people on your site.
>>The article is at: http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/7254.asp
>>The example is at: http://www.nextstageglobal.com/
>>What do you think of this type of strategy to keep people interested - not
>>for SEO per se?
> It's a good idea, Bob. Not as good as keeping people on your site by
> giving them relevant content though.
There are certain cases where animation can aid textual content, e.g. by
providing a staged illustration of concepts. As regards identity, or a
visual identity rather, I think it can be valuable. I made my favicon.ico an
animation earlier this morning in hopes that it will help the site stand out
and be memorable. Very few sites take advantage of it. Anything that
distinguishes you from other might pull visitors back.
> There was a time, mid-90s, ish, when the inclusion of all manner of
> bells and whistles were promoted on the grounds that no-one would come
> to your site unless you had them. This sounds like a return to the
> bell and whistles era, an unwelcome return at that. Novelty value
> should be seen as such. Don't follow the bouncing ball.
Good point, Bill. Let's remember that some years back, the way people /used/
the Internet (necessarily a visual browser and a monitor) made a difference.
Then came standards.
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