My History, My Profile, My Reports, My I'm confused
28 May 2007 - 4:17pm
7 years ago
I looked at a wireframe I created on Friday in confusion this morning.
What was I thinking with all those "My" tabs and what is the difference
between them? Has anyone else got comments or user research on such
Names in a web application?
In my case the app's main functions are to allow the user to search a
Engineering Parts and Specification document database, list parts found,
compare parts and export information. The idea of My Profile was to be
where the user could customize the Home page to only see content of
interest based on their industry, i.e. I'm assuming an Electrical
Engineer would have no interest in conferences, whitepapers, peer blog
links, or specification documents for the construction industry. This
page can also be used to choose specific databases to search against.
Today this is the only tab name that I still like.
My Reports are saved searches so why not call the tab that, or put this
content on the My Profile page? And My History is the most recently
viewed parts or spec docs up to the last 30 days. Again I am thinking
why not call the tab what it is - Recently Viewed. One of our apps had
done this and I'm feeling guilty because I initially panned this name
saying they should standardize on My History.