It's been a while since our last version of fivesecondtest.com, and for that we're sorry. We are working hard though, I promise! We hope to be providing a major update in the next couple of weeks. This will include a newly designed front page, manage page, results page and well...pretty much every page! In addition to that, we'll be including a couple of new features. These are top secret at the moment, but we'll give you another update early next week with some more details! In the meantime, keep sending in your feedback! Whilst we may not always respond as timely as we should, we always read and take note of your ideas and suggestions! Fivesecondtest.com would be a lonely place without you guys, and for that we thank you! We'll be back with another update next week!
After getting a lot of feedback from our users, we're excited to announce that we'll be releasing an update to the Fivesecondtest Beta this Monday. There are a lot of changes, and a lot of little tweaks. We're not ready to call it Beta 2 just yet, because we have a lot of things planned for Beta 2 that aren't quite ready to go live yet! At the moment, we're trying to really nail the basics before we move on to some of the cooler things we have planned! So this new version is more of a refinement on what we already have, lots of bug fixes and a lot of little improvements based on the feedback we've had so far. So... in no particular order, here are some of the things you can look forward to come Monday!
- The Classic test is back! - Due to popular demand, we're bringing back the original fivesecondtest! Whilst everybody loves the click test, we've had a lot of people comment that for their particular needs the original test actually gave a better result. We listened, and so it is back!
- The Click test has been revamped - We found that clicking is great, and keywords are great...but clicking and then remembering WHAT you clicked is tough! In this update, we'll unhide the image for Click tests! This means that users can flag the most prominent areas without having to play the memory game to remember what the saw.
- Keyword report has been improved - A common request was to have manual sorting of keywords in addition to the auto-sort. In many cases users would refer to the same item by two common terms that weren't auto matched. E.g. "woman" and "girl" or "jersey" and "jumper". The updated keyword test will allow users to drag like-terms together and combine the results!
- Better instructions - Maybe it's because we keep changing stuff....or maybe it's just because we got it wrong.... but a lot of people asked for clearer instructions on HOW to participate in a five second test. We hear you! Instructions are now clearer (we hope!) and tests are easier to participate in!
- BUGS! - Yes we had bugs. We've been fixing them...we promise!
Recently I got talking with one of the guys who created the popular fivesecondtest. He was looking to do something a little new and different with the site, and was going to go it alone and redevelop the whole thing. I had a bit of spare time on my hands and decided to lend a hand. The result is just about here. Whilst some features have been cut for the time being, they hopefully will make a return...if in a slightly different form. As well as a redesign of the site, we've redesigned how tests are conducted. The focus at the moment is revisiting what information we can learn from someone in a teeny weeny amount of time. In the coming days we'll be launching a Beta version of the new site for regulars to take a look at and have a play with it. This is a real Beta, not a Google-esque Beta that will last forever. This will be 4-6 weeks of focused testing and gathering of feedback. We're putting this out there to see what the users think, get some input and then go back and do some more development. We hope that the new design, and the new test format will make it easier to do tests, and easier to learn from the data that is produced. We could be completely wrong, but we'll find out soon enough. In the next couple of days I will be getting Matt to join the discussion here and explain where fivesecondtest came from, and where he believes it is going. Until then, we'll continue working hard towards a beta release! Alan