In my case, I never use that feature. It is a way to give my friend's contact details to a geek.
Geeks have an awful propensity for considering themselves the "owner" of all PID that they get.
Basically, if they can get the information, they own it, and can do whatever the heck they want with it.
A great deal of the spam I get these days comes from my "friends" giving away my PID to unscrupulous geeks.
I think the question is a much wider one, about establishing true trust amongst the industry, not these toothless "privacy policies," set up by ruthless marketing folks that want to abuse the privacy of everyone they can.
Thanks for your reply and Good inputs but your reply is a little offtopic in terms of context.
What i am trying to say is from usability perspective what will drive more people to use the feature.
I don't think it's off-topic at all. If you want more people to use it, you need to deal with the reason they don't use it, not paint it candy-apple red.
This is the kind of logic so few Web designers follow, which is why there are so many debacles. A great deal of usability and accessibility stems from an understanding of human nature, motives and user context.
I never use those features either and cringe every time I get a "tell-a-friend" e-mail from my mom - here comes the SPAM from some company that thinks it's OK to put me on their list just because someone put me in the tell-a-friend box!
Anyway, I would test a (nice looking) button that says "Share This Photo with a Friend" or something along those lines.
Thanks Bradley for the idea. Would a 'share' or 'email' word make more impact.
On the other lines one cannot generalize everyone will spam. The idea is for every user that comes to the site, he/she advertises the site to another friend which introduces more people to the site
|On the other lines one cannot generalize everyone will spam. |
But everyone will generalize. I don't think enough people realize the incredible damage done to online services by crooks and spammers.
Enough geeks misuse the information to tar everybody.
That's the world in which we live, and we need to adjust for it; not expect it of our visitors.
There are naturally too many factors when it comes to comparing CTR between sites to give a good enough answer in regarding to 1%.
(BTW: does the 1% signify people who click on the link? Or who actually send the page details to a friend i.e. conversion?)
IMHO, probably best to focus more on increasing this figure on your site than comparing with others (which I understand is addressed in the rest of your post).
While not a fan of this type of feature - two possible things to try:
1. Add a disclaimer next to the link. Something along the lines of "we do not store, share or use the email address...". This could also be repeated on the actual form. While I personally would still not use the feature - there are many who might feel 'assured' by this.
2. Rather than open a web based form - you could open the users email application - with the subject/message pre-filled with the web page details. This in itself has some usability issues - though still possibly worth a try...
On several occasions I have advised newbie webmasters against doing this. Mainly because I have seen so much spam and virus traffic disguised as "tell a friend" messages that I am sure that any web savvy user will zap them all without bothering to investigate if any may be genuine.
Perhaps some kind of no spam notice is needed to those who don't trust this type of feature.
I recommend you to try different positions for your send to friend form since CTR can change a lot if you place it at the right place. Search google to find more info.
sleepy_az: Good points. Also i think less and less people are using email clients. Most rely on G or Y.
naughtyweb: Yeah i can try positions. Any rough idea which corner of an image is viewed the most ? Like usual web heat map is it top left ?
I believe 1% is a good CTR if people clicking the link actually perform the action. My CTR is much lower on an information website, but some people do use this feature so why not let them.