While hunting for interactivity, I developed three categories.
I narrowed it down to these categories because there was an example of each one on all of the four pages. There is definitely a trend in the interactivity that is offered on the websites.
The search bar was visible on every one of the websites. This enables users to quickly access specific information.
Cnn Had a search bar in the top right hand corner of the home page. This is important to have because the CNN has been around for a long time and contains a lot of information. Also, CNN covers a wide variety of subjects, and it would take forever to sort through ll of them.
There is also usually a categories bar at the top of a page. To help readers navigate to what they are interested in.
The blog of Alex Autin included a categories bar at the top of the page. This let me pick where I wanted to go but in a less specific way than the search bar.
There is nothing ambiguous here. When you see the picture or image it either tells you exactly what to do or what the result will be.
On You Tube there was an ad for Monsters University and the image contained a TV with the instructions click to play. It told you what to do and what to expect.
On Cnn.com the ad at the top for New Day had the message click to expand.
On all four websites there were pictures everywhere. Some of the pictures were actually links to another page. You do not know for sure it is a link; until you wave the mouse over it and magically it turns into a pointing hand. I noticed myself being drawn to the pictures. Using a picture to draw the reader to another page is very effective.
Cnn advertised the Piers Morgan Show with a picture and basic information. It looked just like a normal advertisement until I put the mouse on it and discovered it was also a link to Piers Morgans blog, which opened in a new window.
The blog of Alex Autin also hid a link with a picture. It was a picture of the sun and moon and when clicked it took you to a page on NASA’s website.
The Chive is a website of picture galleries. Sure they all have titles that also serve as links but the picture is what really convinces readers to visit the gallery. The picture can be clicked on and will act as a link to the page with the gallery.
You Tube really makes use of the visual link. There is not a title or description that does not include a picture.
It makes sense that both of these websites would often use the visual link, since both are composed of videos and pictures. They draw viewers in with visual rhetoric. The picture has the effect of capturing the readers attention. If a webpage had only text it would be harder to highlight specific things. The words would get jumbled together.