I would like to start this section giving a quick intro about Hubii and how we perceive it with our own words.
Hubii is a service geared towards news readers; it is an information network.
The time invested and two proof of concepts have been to look for ways to enhance the current user experience with regards to searching, browsing and consuming news articles.
The existing user experience can be divided into three clearly defined areas: the News Browser, the Search Results and the Mapazine.
The News Browser is the default navigation area; all you have to do is move the map around to obtain the latest news articles from the area currently in view. Simple enough.
It will show you the blue pins on the map, news hubs, so you can interact with them by clicking and browsing the publications that they have.
A key aspect of the News Browser are the filtering options you have access to; those can be found in the Mapfilter button which is an overlay on the map. Equally happens with the Eyenew button which will give you different visualization components to make your News Browser experience more attractive and insightful.
By using the News Browser for a few minutes you will realize that is very easy to get the news you want rather quickly.
The Search Results is the third tab you get when you perform a search within Hubii.
For example, if I search for “SOPA” right now, I get 140 articles. These are presented to me in chronological order and grouped by the headings “Today”, “Yesterday” and “This Week”, so immediately I can refer to them in time. Also, on the left hand side I get a bunch of simple but also very handy filters that will help me to narrow down my search. I can also enhance the search by modifying the Language and Timeline filters.
The Mapazine is where you will find your personalized content. As you browse along the News Browser, once registered, you will be able to subscribe to your favorite publications and also add articles to your “Read Later”. The same way, once performing a search, you will be able to save that search to your Mapazine.
All these three elements (Read Later, Publishers and Searches) can be found on your Mapazine clearly divided into individual areas. Then, you can browse your news and filter them further by categories performing, a simple but yet powerful, two dimensional filtering as the following screenshot shows.
This is a mini crash course on what Hubii is today and how it can be used. We shall extend this section with further posts detailing each element how it works and can be used to take the most out of it.
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