A better name for "My Stuff"

6 Feb 2012 - 9:42pm
2 years ago
11 replies
2130 reads
savvy
2011

we are working on a mobile app that incorporates easy access to personalized content. In that area you can find things like "my shortcuts", my bookmarks, my open cases, my alerts, etc. We are struggling to come up with a better label for the overall category than "My Stuff"- does anyone have any ideas?? ("favorites" doesn't accurately encompass all of the things you find there- and we need it to be broad enough to scale if and when other types of content are added in the section down the road. It also needs to be short enough (i.e., "My personalized content" is too long) for a mobile app screen).

thanks!

-Savvy

Comments

6 Feb 2012 - 10:55pm
Keshhav
2011

Hey Savvy,

Some things I can suggest, I thought of using them few months back for a freelance work:

1. Think U
2. My utility 
3. My worklists
4. My personal
5. My list

If you wish I can add more to this, provided you give me more details I can do a quick user research with my contacts here and let you know what people prefer the most.

6 Feb 2012 - 11:05pm
Kumar
2007

Hi Savvy,
I like "Pocket".Pocket is something that's always close to us and you carry it around wherever you go (by the very virtue of its physical presence in trouser/jacket/shirt etc.). You keep things that are important to you and you are very selective in what goes in there. And its so tiny and inherent in everyday life that you hardly feel its a different entity.


Don't know if it should be prefixed by "My". Just Pocket sounds cool to me atleast.


regards
Kumar Ahir
Interaction Design, M. Des 06-08

IDC, IIT Bombay
www.kumarahir.com
+91 9980 45 2567



On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM, savvy <jaime_wolf@rocketmail.com> wrote:

we are working on a mobile app that incorporates easy access to personalized content. In that area you can find things like "my shortcuts", my bookmarks, my open cases, my alerts, etc. We are struggling to come up with a better label for the overall category than "My Stuff"- does anyone have any ideas?? (favorites doesn't accurately encompass all of the things you find there- and we need it to be broad enough to scale if and when other types of content is added in the section).

thanks!

-Savvy

(
6 Feb 2012 - 11:17pm
hersh
2010

You could also consider other options:
- Use an icon instead.
- Use a profile picture.
- Use the person's first name. 

6 Feb 2012 - 11:30pm
TahoeBlue
2010

Depending on the demographic you are targeting:

 

Stash

 

Back Pocket

 

My Back Pages ( a la Dylan )

 

Higgins ( the butler in Pygmalion / My Fair Lady -- has been used before, check copyright

 

BackPack

 

Personal Portal

 

Data Jam

 

good luck -- please tell me more about your mobile app.

7 Feb 2012 - 3:05am
Bernard Tyers
2011

What about doing a card-sort or asking potential users?

For me, using a profile picture of the person or the person's name infers information about their profile, ie username, e-mail address, etc..

Bernard

On 7 Feb 2012, at 03:56, savvy wrote:

> we are working on a mobile app that incorporates easy access to personalized content. In that area you can find things like "my shortcuts", my bookmarks, my open cases, my alerts, etc. We are struggling to come up with a better label for the overall category than "My Stuff"- does anyone have any ideas?? (favorites doesn't accurately encompass all of the things you find there- and we need it to be broad enough to scale if and when other types of content is added in the section). > > thanks! > > -Savvy > >

8 Feb 2012 - 9:03am
iPanic
2012

I quite like the pocket idea, its cute, friendly and personal too

7 Feb 2012 - 8:28am
Maurice
2009

Yup...the discussion continues.
There has been a lot of debate about this for more than a decade. Back in the Enhanced CD-ROM days we used to say "Your"...as in Your Dashboard, Your Favorites, Your Projects, Your Contacts, etc...
Unfortunately I have not seen/found this analyzed in any books.

I just went through the same thing a while back. The concensus was to go with "MY", but I was the lone voter on giving the user the option to rename as they feel fit, thus the possiblity for them to Personalize. I still believe that (depending on the flexibility of your platform - static vs. dynamic).
Alternatively you can drop the whole "MY vs. YOUR" thing altogether and just say Dashboard, Favorites, Projects, Contacts, etc...with the notion that you user already knows it THEIR STUFF.

However, this can get confusing when, for example, if you need to differenciate your stuff from someone elses.

Here is an eaxmple:
There is a group of 10 things.
I can take any number of those things to create another group of things, say #1, 4, and 5.
They still exist as part of the ten, but I need to separate/group only a few, thus I'm "Customizing".
First person ="My Group"?
Second person = "Your Group"?


Here are a few discussions from across the web on the subject:

1) http://www.uxmatters.com/mt/archives/2009/07/generating-ideas-your-versus-my-in-user-interfaces.php#wording

2) http://www.designingsocialinterfaces.com/patterns.wiki/index.php?title=Your_vs._My

3) http://www.graphpaper.com/2007/08-17_me-vs-you-vs-i

4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First-person_narrative

5) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second-person_narrative

Great topic of discussion. I would love to see where this ends.
Good luck.

7 Feb 2012 - 1:06pm
savvy
2011

Thanks Marurice- that is an interesting discussion. However, we're already set on the "My". We just need a good descriptive word for what comes after "My".

thanks!

7 Feb 2012 - 1:47pm
a2slbailey
2010

I think "pocket" is an interesting idea in terms of trying to introduce an interface metaphor from a real-world connotation, but I would be concerned that it wouldn't be universally recognized; right off the bat, I suspect that "pocket" may resonate differently for women than men since women's clothes often have a frustrating lack of pockets! 

 

12 Feb 2012 - 1:02am
dirtandrust
2008

Just say My Account.

14 Feb 2012 - 9:37am
savvy
2011

Thanks all of you! We decided to go with "My Support" since it's a tech support app- thank you all for your suggestions- I'll keep them in "my pocket' for future use ;-)

- Savvy

Syndicate content Get the feed