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Jan 08, 2019 05:47:16

What does 200wad do for you? A review & conversation

by @jasonleow | 441 words | 367🔥 | 405💌

Jason Leow

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It's been fun and exciting witnessing the journey of 200wad, and I'm hoping to contribute to its growth by sharing some ideas. Putting on my hat as a UX/service/strategic designer, I see some potential opportunities for design. 


So here's a brain dump of observations, thoughts and ideas from my (limited) experience...would love to hear about yours too, and start a conversation around this to make 200wad better for all of us. 


First question I always ask myself for any design project I do - who are the users?


Writers vs readers

I think people join 200wad want to write more and need some encouragement/tools to help with that. So primarily people join the platform as a writer. But the writer ends up reading posts by others, so the reader is the secondary user. So far I'd not yet seen people join just to comment, but that might change in the future (just like on Medium for instance). So there are the needs of a writer vs the needs of a reader. 


What exactly are their needs?


As a writer, I need/want to: 

✍️ Write regularly so that I can get better at it. (Need for mastery)

✍️ Get feedback/reviews from other writers so that I can get better at it. (Need for mastery)

✍️ Get timely reminders to write so that I don't forget to. (Need for salience)

✍️ Sustain motivation to write through public accountability (Extrinsic need)

✍️ Have fun using this platform, so that I enjoy using it and continue writing. (Need for play/fun)

✍️ Get affirmation from other writers so that I feel a sense of recognition. (Self-esteem needs)

✍️ Socialise (through comments and sharing) with other writers/readers in order to feel a sense of belonging. (Social need)


As a reader, I need/want to:

👀 Discover (lurking) posts, people and comment threads that I enjoy reading and following, based on certain themes

👀 Have easy, short-form ways to interact with the posts/authors in order to tell them how I feel about the post

👀 Longer form ways to interact with posts/authors by following comments/discussions where I have commented on

👀 Feel inspired and be nudged to start writing myself


It'll be interesting to start mapping current/future features to the needs list above to see where priorities are and if there are any blindspots (especially if it's an important need but efforts are not focused there).  

 

Anything missing from the list? How would we prioritise them? At this stage, which user group comes first? Writer or reader? 


Next: some mapping perhaps, and some ideas...


🔥 Day 33 of the #200wad challenge. 

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    @jasonleow Thanks for taking the time to write this nice review :) Definitely helpful. Just give me some days to see how I can fit everything in the roadmap.

    Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 08, 2019 06:03:07
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      @basilesamel cool...super responsive as always Baz! ;) Wondering if I'm missing out on any needs in the lists above...what do you think? As the maker maybe you see stuff I don't

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 08, 2019 06:10:29
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      @jasonleow Maybe something to add to the need for mastery: some users want reviews of their work (which I'm working on with the Review feature). Otherwise, it's a great list and I came to pretty much the same conclusions, in a more chaotic way :) Amazing job on your part for grasping the needs so well

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 08, 2019 06:15:47
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      @basilesamel Great, added your point to the list! :) Just curious: will you be focusing on writers' needs or readers' needs at this stage? My guess is you're focusing on writers' first right? Which needs are your priority now? Mastery, salience, motivation?

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 08, 2019 07:09:56
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