I spent close to 30 minutes this morning on Yahoo! Buzz, to get an idea on what it has to offer me. Emulating the Digg model, Yahoo! Buzz tries to mashup popular news from different parts of the world. Ranking is based on the popularity of the news item, assigned by the readers.
Seems to be a good Web 2.0 application! But, coming from the ‘Google Reader World’, I was able to notice a few things that begs for improvment.
“more>” is more messy
First one is about the “more>” link on a new item. I found out that clicking on the “more>” link reloads the entire page. Also, on clicking the “more>” link displays only a little more information, that what you see at the onset. For instance, I saw the following info about a news item at the onset – “China, with the help of state-controlled news agencies, can sometimes pull one over on the people.”. On clicking the “more>” link, I could see the following – “China, with the help of state-controlled news agencies, can sometimes pull one over on the people. But not this time—pesky environmentalists and photography nerds have exposed a fake photo published by the Chinese media, leading to a rare apology.” You can notice that the entire page reloads on clicking “more>”, just to achieve the following – i) one more line on the news item, ii) updating the bottom section with related news. Instead, I would love to see the news section, for the corresponding item expand with the elaborate news (as against reloading the entire page), in ‘Google Reader Style’, from where the user can go (if necessary) to the real news item in the appropriate page.
Enhance the filter criteria…
Right now, the filter criteria under a particular category is time based. One will be able to filter news based on hours, days, months etc. This can be improved, to provide context based filter criteria. For instance, under the “World” category, a filter criteria based on regions or major countries would be appreciated by international readers.
These were the couple of things that came to my mind. Add your views on Yahoo! Buzz, as a comment to this post.
Overall, I loved Yahoo! Buzz and waiting to see the toppings, that Yahoo! plans to add 🙂