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I Am Skooter
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August 23, 2011
Interface Design: Linked In

Linked In's email change interface Interface design is a little bit art, a little bit science, and a little bit personal opinion. The last part is one reason it’s not hard to find bad examples around the internet.

I recently had to add a new email address to my Linked In profile. It’s been a while since I had to do this, so I poked around trying to figure out how to get it done. Naturally I wound up on the site’s Profile page, but there was no sign of an option to add a new email address.

Eventually I noticed the link above, sitting beside my Primary email address. Linked In lets you add as many email addresses as you have to your profile in order to make it easier for people to find you. One of these addresses gets set as your primary address, and when I saw the Change link it seemed fairly clear that this was going to let me change my primary address.

Not so, as it turns out. This is just one of the things the link lets you do. It’s also the only way to add a new email address to your profile, or remove one that you’re no longer using.

A poor choice of language here on the part of an interface designer makes it hard to get a fairly basic job done, and shows the signs of an interface designed by someone who doesn’t use the system.

Posted by skooter at 7:00 AM This entry is filed under Technology.

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