Terence Eden opened a new private browsing window and started typing “https…” and received the results of lots of different sites.
He uses this to surmise, and I think he’s probably correct, that users conflate search bars and address bars. Why shouldn’t they? They’ve been one and the same thing in browsers for years now.
Perhaps more worrying is that there’s a whole generation of students who don’t know what a file system structure is…
There are a few lessons to take away from this.
- Users don’t really understand interfaces
- Computers don’t really understand users
- Big Data assumes that users are behaving in semi-rational manner