Google sits upon a simply huge amount of usability data, and I think it could benefit a lot of webmasters if they were to publish it. My New Years Wish is that they might begin to periodically release some of the tantalizing tidbits they may have.
Google frequently will recommend best practices to webmasters, based upon their internal research, particularly in cases where that information might be mutually helpful to websites and endusers. For instance, Google’s Browser Size is a very handy tool which shows you graphically what percentages of online users are likely to be able to see areas on your webpage when they initially land upon it, without scrolling.
Here’s a small handful of usability-related stats I’d like to see them publish:
- Does Google Suggest help improve spelling of searchers?
- Did introduction of Google Suggest increase or decrease the numbers of searches?
- Does addition of the date to the listing snippet improve CTR evenly, or do entries with older dates get clicked upon less? (more…)