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Easy to use 👍 - Vectr Weekly #3

Easy to use 👍
July 29 · Issue #3 · View online
Vectr Weekly
Easy to use 👍

Happy Sunday Everyone!
A couple of weeks ago, when we published the first Vectr weekly, we listed our 3 key pillars:
  1. Ease of use
  2. Anonymity 
  3. Ephemerality
The hope is that these principles are fairly straightforward, but we thought it would be a good use of time to dive into each in a bit more detail. This week we’ll touch on ease of use.
To kick things off, let’s take a look at an example of 2 similar, but different product experiences. Google and Yahoo were both created as search engines to help people navigate the web. Take a look at the Yahoo homepage in 2001:
Now take a look at Google’s:
Similar purpose, but altogether different user experience. Which would you say is easier to use? Or more inviting?
I start with this example because one of the questions that we always get is how is Vectr different from X.
Sometimes X is a learning management system like Canvas. Here’s the homepage when you log in:
Other times, the point of comparison is a forum product like Piazza.
I don’t point these out because they are bad products. In fact, they are quite useful. I point them out because they are altogether different from Vectr, and one reason has to do with the user experience. Here’s the Vectr home page after you log in:
The act of asking a question is the key behavior on Vectr, and thus it lies at the center of the experience. Our hope is that it’s incredibly easy to use and that there is no confusion about what to do. 
Ask questions. 
Answer questions.
And read answers to your questions. 
That’s it!
And finally, a question:
It’s clear that young children ask far more questions than older humans. And it makes sense. When every experience is new and novel, it’s necessary to seek help in categorizing and defining the world. 
But we’d argue that older people often know far less than they’d like to admit. So why the lack of questions? Might people ask fewer questions because they become uninterested in the world or in learning new things? Or is that backward; do people lose interest in learning new things because their natural curiosity is somehow inhibited or restrained?

Stay curious!
- Jeremy & Jake
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