Non-linear Navigation


It’s going to be big.

(WORLD) YouTube Warp Speed illustrates how to navigate, search and view online digital content in a non-linear fashion.

Here are some other examples:

  • Digg labs: illustrating the ‘live’ nature of online information;
  • Stumblepon: dynamic and random within a set search criteria;
  • Badoo: multi-layered searching of profiles on this social network homepage;
  • Musicovery: interactive music browsing by genre and mood;
  • Flickr Related Tag Browse: allows you to search pics on Flickr by tags in a non-linear format.

The real fulcrum of all this is ‘meta-tagging’: attaching an identifiable and searchable word or words to any content (whether it be a website or element within a website, like a video or photograph, or even different profile pages on a social networking site).

In terms of how it relates to young people and their online habits in the next few years:

A hoary old fish, hooks and leaders trailing like battle ribbons from his jaw, approaches a collection of loitering youngsters taking their ease by a coral reef. “Hey,” says the grandpa, “how’s the water?”. The young fish smile, bob and sway their fins deferentially. “Fine, fine, fine,” they all say. When the relic has swum off and away, they turn to each other and, almost simultaneously, say, “What’s that all about? What’s water”

Quote source: David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest.

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