02 April 2005

Pluck Web Edition [PWE] -- Even the bugs are lost!

Online version edited: Readability



Pluck has some nice reviews. I thought I'd check out the PluckWebEdition, PWE.

The major plus: The ease in adding a new feeds, foldering, and accessing new content. Navigation gets low marks. Overall, I feel like I'm bumping around in a dark, smoke-filled antique shop.

While you're reading this note I encourage you to look at the following images.

Think of Pluck's PWE as the opposite end of the spectrum from Rojo. Rojo has many features and is very intuitive; PWE on the other hand is ... well, not.

Strange feeling about the meteors, ObiWan

First, there are some strange pathways. As an example, after your account is activated, you get taken to a separate region; assuming you know what you're looking for, you have to scroll down to section 2, then click, and look for support. This takes you to a knowledge base and ask-option. Why not include these important menu-options with, well ... the main-menu?

Second, one perfect example of how vague things are is the "INBOX". Pluck promotes this inbox as a great feature. Supposedly you can send things back and forth to other Pluck Users. Brilliant.

New features get new rules. Normally users get some guidance, like how to:

  • Access;
  • Use;
  • Find the codes; and
  • Send messages across platforms.

    On all counts, I see no useful 'INBOX instructions'. And what is most curious is that the answer to a question about inbox contains no link to ...well, the inbox!


    Mud's Tests Reviews the INBOX Instructions

    To get a sense of a first-visit, slowly scroll over the highlighted text
    Pluck's Inbox

    The Pluck Inbox contains items (links and feeds) that other Pluck users have sent to you. From the Inbox, you can read these new items or save them in one of your folders to read later.

    Note: To access your inbox, you must be logged in to an active Pluck account. See Create a Pluck Account

    When you send items to other Pluck users they will receive them in their inbox. You can also send items to people without a Pluck account. They will instead receive a regular email with the item you sent and an invitation to join Pluck.


    Danny Ayers might like this write-up--similar to Gillmor's attention.xml write-up: There's a concept there, but the line is a little fuzzy, Watson.

    Other discussions

    Surely the pluck users are raving about the inbox. But they are quiet. There's nothing useful about Pluck's inbox-code using a search tool I know works: Technorati. Note that the latest entry is from 109 days ago: Something's not being said, nor is the vacuum transitory.

    There are no useful screenshots about the inbox in Google. A broader search using Pluck, one screen shot does not suggest 'Inbox'. Which makes sense: The screen shot is from the download version.

    Others also have questions. One question posted Sept '04 [going on 8 months] without an apparent answer. Users want to know:

  • How did everyone find the instructions?

  • What codes are they using?

  • Why does Scoble really like Pluck and where does he get his instructions on how to use the inbox?


  • Or is this one of those emperor's new clothes deals: Everyone raves about it, but . . .

    My first-time-visit to the online-non-download version could be a rare event. Apparently, the majority of the "online PWE users" are the ones who already have their Pluck configured with the more robust download version.

    First Time Visitor

    I have no clue how anyone can navigate Pluck Web Edition. I'm sure there's a way, yet the fine developers didn't translate their wonderful ideas into a simple map.

    In theory, something like this doesn't get launched without comments. Apparently, Pluck Web Edition evaded a rigorous alpha and beta, with users wondering, "What were they thinking?"

    I'd take NewsgatorOnline any day over both Pluck and Bloglines. At this time hack, if I was using NewsgatorOnline I'd have already had 15 RSS feeds loaded up and I'd be reading them, making folders. Yet with Pluck, I haven't started using it.

    Pluck Edition Online is simple concept, but not well-executed. NewsGatorOnline has a reputation for having a superior product relative the download version; Pluck does not show this innovative leap.

    Pluck Online: When you need more than luck.
  • Online version edited: Readability



    Pluck has some nice reviews. I thought I'd check out the PluckWebEdition, PWE.

    The major plus: The ease in adding a new feeds, foldering, and accessing new content. Navigation gets low marks. Overall, I feel like I'm bumping around in a dark, smoke-filled antique shop.

    While you're reading this note I encourage you to look at the following images.

    Think of Pluck's PWE as the opposite end of the spectrum from Rojo. Rojo has many features and is very intuitive; PWE on the other hand is ... well, not.

    Strange feeling about the meteors, ObiWan

    First, there are some strange pathways. As an example, after your account is activated, you get taken to a separate region; assuming you know what you're looking for, you have to scroll down to section 2, then click, and look for support. This takes you to a knowledge base and ask-option. Why not include these important menu-options with, well ... the main-menu?

    Second, one perfect example of how vague things are is the "INBOX". Pluck promotes this inbox as a great feature. Supposedly you can send things back and forth to other Pluck Users. Brilliant.

    New features get new rules. Normally users get some guidance, like how to:

  • Access;
  • Use;
  • Find the codes; and
  • Send messages across platforms.

    On all counts, I see no useful 'INBOX instructions'. And what is most curious is that the answer to a question about inbox contains no link to ...well, the inbox!


    Mud's Tests Reviews the INBOX Instructions

    To get a sense of a first-visit, slowly scroll over the highlighted text
    Pluck's Inbox

    The Pluck Inbox contains items (links and feeds) that other Pluck users have sent to you. From the Inbox, you can read these new items or save them in one of your folders to read later.

    Note: To access your inbox, you must be logged in to an active Pluck account. See Create a Pluck Account

    When you send items to other Pluck users they will receive them in their inbox. You can also send items to people without a Pluck account. They will instead receive a regular email with the item you sent and an invitation to join Pluck.


    Danny Ayers might like this write-up--similar to Gillmor's attention.xml write-up: There's a concept there, but the line is a little fuzzy, Watson.

    Other discussions

    Surely the pluck users are raving about the inbox. But they are quiet. There's nothing useful about Pluck's inbox-code using a search tool I know works: Technorati. Note that the latest entry is from 109 days ago: Something's not being said, nor is the vacuum transitory.

    There are no useful screenshots about the inbox in Google. A broader search using Pluck, one screen shot does not suggest 'Inbox'. Which makes sense: The screen shot is from the download version.

    Others also have questions. One question posted Sept '04 [going on 8 months] without an apparent answer. Users want to know:

  • How did everyone find the instructions?

  • What codes are they using?

  • Why does Scoble really like Pluck and where does he get his instructions on how to use the inbox?


  • Or is this one of those emperor's new clothes deals: Everyone raves about it, but . . .

    My first-time-visit to the online-non-download version could be a rare event. Apparently, the majority of the "online PWE users" are the ones who already have their Pluck configured with the more robust download version.

    First Time Visitor

    I have no clue how anyone can navigate Pluck Web Edition. I'm sure there's a way, yet the fine developers didn't translate their wonderful ideas into a simple map.

    In theory, something like this doesn't get launched without comments. Apparently, Pluck Web Edition evaded a rigorous alpha and beta, with users wondering, "What were they thinking?"

    I'd take NewsgatorOnline any day over both Pluck and Bloglines. At this time hack, if I was using NewsgatorOnline I'd have already had 15 RSS feeds loaded up and I'd be reading them, making folders. Yet with Pluck, I haven't started using it.

    Pluck Edition Online is simple concept, but not well-executed. NewsGatorOnline has a reputation for having a superior product relative the download version; Pluck does not show this innovative leap.

    Pluck Online: When you need more than luck.
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