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may 11 1996:
let's hear it for radio buttons
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kay, this week I want to ask you a few questions. They all pertain to my interest in personal home pages in general, what they are becoming, and why. Feel free to spout off in the comments box at bottom.

This information will not be used against you, included on your permanent record, stored in your cookie, or associated with your name or your future in any way. I'm just curious and I want to get some samples of people's opinions. For the most part, the answers I've provided are serious answers and I would be happy if you would take this enterprise somewhat seriously... but have fun with it. Thanks!

Question #1: In an average surfing session, how many of the pages you look at are personal home pages?

none (then why are you here?)
less than ten percent
around a quarter
around half
most of them
almost all

When you go to corporate sites (as distinct from content sites, which can also be .com), what tends to be your motivation?

curiosity
regular entertainment
cheap laughs/irony
looking for info
looking for technical tricks

What is your opinion of most personal home pages?

these people need to get lives
most are doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons
most are doing the wrong things for the right reasons
right things/wrong reasons
right things/right reasons
i see a pretty good mix of quality
i see a lot of good ones
the best ones are actually theme/gimmick pages

What is your opinion of most professional sites (including corporate sites and content sites)?

most of them suck
most are doing the wrong things for the wrong reasons
most are doing the wrong things for the right reasons
right things/wrong reasons
right things/right reasons
i see a pretty good mix of quality
i see a lot of good ones
i see a lot of good ones and that scares me

How do you feel when you see that a clearly amateur site, just a personal thing run by some random person, is running ads?

good for them, it'll keep the medium open
they're selling out

Be honest now: how many big professional content sites do you read and enjoy regularly?

none
one or two
a handful
actually a lot

What do the personal home pages you enjoy most tend to have on them? check all that apply.

cool graphics
cool HTML/design
photos of people
photos of attractive people
autobiographical details
embarrassing autobiographical details
creative writing
humor
pages devoted to interests
links
links to friends
critical mass (enough stuff of the above to feel like it's big)

what do you think a person's home page is a sign of? check all that apply.

an abnormal ego
an abnormal need for attention
an abnormal need for validation
boredom
propensity to get carried away with neat technologies
creativity
subversiveness
eagerness for community
a college student

Would you rather there were no personal home pages?

Do you have a home page?

Write any other comments here. In particular, send me any other questions or more incisive answers you think belong on this form and I'll put them up over the week (and thereafter).


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in other news...

Lately people have been asking me all these questions that begin "Is it normal to feel like..." and then they describe some way they're feeling. Two things about this surprise me: 1) that I come across to people as a reliable arbiter of normality; 2) that most things people feel are pretty normal.

Been playing with CelAnimator. Designing cool stuff, trying to do interface things for Practice; just can't get it to show up in a web page. Let's hear it for Public Beta 1. yeesh.

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Updated May 11 1996
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