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Google browser size tool – popular sites at first glance

As reported this morning in theEword news, Google has launched a dedicated browser size tool. This software gives webmasters the opportunity to see the percentage of users able to see different sections of a site without having to scroll across or down a page.

theEword looks at four popular websites and discovers what each offers at first glance.

The BBC

The BBC homepage is divided into separate subsections, such as news, sport, and weather. An interactive box – which varies between news and promotional material – dominates the right-hand side of the screen.


99 per cent of internet users see the three headline news stories.

98 per cent view the second tier news stories

90 per cent of visitors see the three promotional tabs of the interactive section

Only 50 per cent of users can see an explanation for these promotional videos

HMV

HMV is one of the UK’s leading online retailers. The site, which is a mixture of current promotions and static navigation, gives users the opportunity to select from a range of merchandise.


The left hand side navigation can be seen in its entirety by 90 per cent of shoppers.

2 per cent of users cannot see the current promotions area of the site

50 per cent of users can view the navigation bar at the top of the site. 99 per cent of users can see the first 3 tabs of this navigation.

Facebook

Facebook is one of the leading social networking sites. The domain boasts over 350 million users worldwide and, despite the rise of rival site Twitter, remains the largest website of its kind. Its homepage is a simple design which features a graphic, a sign in box and a form for users who want to register.


95 per cent of current account holders can immediately view the sign in box.

The registration form for users wishing to open an account can be viewed in its entirety by only 50 per cent of users.

The Facebook graphic can be seen by 95 per cent of users.

Visit Manchester

The Christmas site for the Manchester tourism board offers users a complete shopping experience. Internet visitors can enjoy an interactive guide to the city centre shopping regions based on personal preference and the site gives eager shopaholics the opportunity to add various stores to a ‘playlist’, offering quick navigation to their favourite shops.


98 per cent of users see the entire column of shopping areas on the right hand side of the page, while users able to view the graphic of Manchester’s shopping districts ranges from between 98 to 60 per cent.

Users who can see the navigation bar at the top of the screen range from 99 to 80 per cent.

Only 50 per cent of browsers are able to see the map legend in the bottom hand corner of the page.

40 per cent of viewers are able to view the content on the bottom of the site.

Written by Tom Mason

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