fivesecondtest.com update coming soon...very soon!

We've been working hard on the latest update to fivesecondtest.com. We've made a lot of changes, many of which won't be visible in the update, but there are some fairly notable changes that WILL be visible in the next few days. The first major change is the addition of Premium tests. Yes, we all knew it was coming eventually! The first thing I have to mention is that our free tests will remain free in exactly the same state that they are now, and will forever remain free! Premium tests, however, give you three benefits (with more to come!). 1. You will receive double the number of responses given to free tests. 2. You will receive your results much quicker than free tests. 3. You get to feel good about supporting fivesecondtest.com! One thing, that hasn't been terribly clear in the past is that tests don't keep getting results forever. Whilst it may seem a little unfair, currently most tests will receive about 12 results. We don't decide this, it is a factor of how many tests are created versus how many responses are given. At the moment, that ratio is 12 to 1. That means for every test that is created today, 12 tests are viewed. The upshot of this is that we spread the love evenly, ensuring that all users get roughly the same number of results. For some people, 12 results isn't enough, whilst for others 12 is plenty. So we're giving you the choice. Upgrade if you wan't, but don't feel obligated! Keep in mind this also about the speed in which you get your results, not just the quanitity! The astute among you may realise that if premium test are getting MORE results, then everyone else must be getting less! You'd be correct. Partially. Another thing we're trying to do in this release, and more so in the future, is promoting the idea of Karma. We're letting you see who is doing your test, to give you an opportunity to do theirs in return. At the moment this is purely to help you help those that helped you. In the future, their will be benefits to your kindness...and yes we ARE watching who is being naughty and nice. Another feature we're adding is the non-repetition of tests. Once you've done a test, you should never see it again. If you do, one of two things has happened... someone has created multiple tests that LOOK the same, or my code is broken...in which case, let me know!! We've now added a really nice manage page. This is a central location for managing your tests. Here you can enable, disable, upgrade, share and delete all your tests. In the future we'll be adding more features here, for example, the ability to get results in your inbox, or subscribe to an RSS feed for a test's results. We haven't changed the actual test process too much, although we've made it a little quicker for people who've seen the instructions before, you won't have to sit through them again. The upload process has been revamped to clean up our front page, and we've changed how we show site activity on the front page. There have been a lot of other little changes here and there, and a lot of changes in the background that will enable us to release some much requested features in the near future. Anyway... this is just a heads up! Matt will be giving another update when we go live, which should be in the next few days! Cheers and thanks for your awesome support to date! Angry Monkeys
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Sounds awesome. I've used 5st a lot for media.io and the results always helped.

Bonus: If, as a user, you're not satisfied with the 12 answers, you can always spam -- excuse me, tweet -- the link to the test to Twitter ;-)

Sounds really good. 5secs is cool! Thx for being there.
Hmm, this flashy showing is new to me and very uncomfortable.
I visited 5secs to do some tests (12 ;-), but all I get today is a few microseconds, not 5 seconds, afterwards a grey image of lots of heads, and then my comments are asked. hey, is that helpful? i think it's weird.
Hi Ton, sorry about that. There was a slight miscalculation when Matt decided to replace a transparent PNG with another image. Used in two places it turns out :P

Should be fixed now. Thanks for alerting us!

This is great stuff.

One comment about the instructions not appearing on subsequent takes of the same kinds of tests: Without the instructions, when I take a click test after a memory test I sometimes find myself memorizing the page and not clicking - completely forgetting that I'm supposed to be clicking stuff.

Sure, I guess one might assume then that I'm part brain-dead, but then again so are many real-life site visitors. ;)

It would be nice, by the way, to have a combination of the two tests - a click/memory test. The user clicks what stands out and then tells you what those things are just like they do in the current click test, but the page image isn't visible to them when they do it. (The input fields asking what things are would best be numbered in the order they were clicked in order to help with memory.) That way you find out not only what stands out, but also if people have an instinctual understanding of what they are clicking. The current click test allows them to reference the page to figure it out after the fact.

Marshall