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Staring at the Stars!
Testing different variations in productionYou may have noticed stars appear in the application a few weeks ago. But did you notice when looking at your colleague’s screen that your stars were in a different position? While the two treatments represent a small change in the visual design, the results of the experiment we ran were counter-intuitive to our entire team, in fact, our entire company. When designing our starring functionality we looked to a number of tools to understand how isolation and starring were visually treated across the market. It became clear there were two visual paradigms for how stars were visualized:
- a “large” star in front of the object name (equivalent to starring in Datadog)
- a “small” star in the metadata of the object (equivalent to starring in Slack or SumoLogic)
What we’re looking forWhen we released this functionality we were focused on two primary categories of metrics – discovery and engagement.
- Discovery focused on were users able to find the new starring functionality; and
- Engagement focused on the number of times users were starring and the number of starred items they maintained.