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How to Test Your Site Usability with Five Second Test and Twitter


A few days ago I tested this blog homepage with one handy tool I recommend trying: Five Second Test. That was both fun and useful. Now what I did:

  • got a screenshot of the blog home page;
  • filled in the form;
  • uploaded the screenshot there;
  • posted the generated link at Twitter and asked my dear followers to take part in the experiment.

The participants were offered to look at the picture for 5 seconds and list max. 5 things they remembered.

Here is the screenshot I posted (click for the full-sized version):

SEOSmarty homepage

Now the results (that were fun): 25 Twitteres took part in the test.

Most often mentioned page elements:

  • Top post title (mentioned 10 times);
  • Color – “red” (mentioned 10 times); examples:
    • red head;
    • red & white color scheme;
    • red letters, etc.
  •  Top post image (mentioned 9 times):
    • cursive writing;
    • frosted glass;
    • window with signature, etc.
  • SEO smarty (mentioned 8 times);
  • SEO consulting (mentioned 7 times);
  • My photo (mentioned 7 times):
    • your portrait;
    • Ann Smarty’s face;
    • author’s photo, etc
  • RSS (mentioned 6 times).

The funniest result:

1: Red in top
2: SEO Consultants Signature – Whats your tactic
3: Damn…


  • SEO association ended up the most popular after all (together with SEO smarty and SEO consulting it was mentioned 20 times);
  • I do realize the test was taken by people who knew me (as they are my Twitter followers) and most probably had already seen my blog before the test.
  • The test is a good way to look at your own site “from outside”; so try it!

P.S. Guess what the trick with the post image is! 😉

Post image: Infinite Usability Loop!

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  1. 9 Responses to “How to Test Your Site Usability with Five Second Test and Twitter”

  2. Hum, interesting,
    But i suggest you to do not change SEO Consulting any where on your blog.
    Because your blog has already been ranked on competitive keyword like “SEO Consulting” on 10th pos. in Google, so if you really feel from your heart your blog design needs some changes than you may go ahead. Thanks, John.

    By Blue Ridge GA Real Estate on Oct 10, 2008

  3. well this is really nice way to say things.

    By QVC on Oct 12, 2008

  4. Not bad, I tried but it didn’t told me anything i didn’t know 😛

    By Link Exchange on Oct 12, 2008

  5. This is good, i uploaded my image and checked it, i have also fill up the form..
    lets see what other people say about my design..
    thanks for sharing

    By Jignesh on Oct 14, 2008

  6. Interesting test. I’ve been trying it myself :)

    By Mario Andrade on Nov 7, 2008

  7. Oh dear.

    I couldn’t bear to risk the test on one of my own pages… I’m too much of a coward.

    Thanks Ann

    Keith D

    By Keith D on Apr 21, 2009

  8. Well, this really isn’t usability testing though. At best it’s a very, very, very , very small component of visual design which is one of 6 core elements of the user experience. One challenge with usability is that people often make it sound simple and there’s often more than meets the eye. This is very topical feedback about design and has its own inherent bias. you would expect the larger and more colorful page/design elements to be more easily remembered after a few seconds. that would b a reasonable expectation, right? but…does that actually impact how users use the site? Or identify problems with the site? or point to ways to fix the problems?

    would love to hear more about how you used the feedback and how it helped you improve your design.

    By Usability Testing on Aug 5, 2009

  9. nice idea, you can easily go for change keep the same content , just add different template and design

    By website design montreal on Jul 13, 2010

  10. Your website is always going to be a work in progress, sometimes because of changes with the internet and the way marketing is done. Exercises like this can really help with the changes that need to take place.

    By Keeon on Dec 2, 2013

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